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An intellectual property litigation duo is hopping from Howrey’s Menlo Park office to San Francisco’s Winston & Strawn. Longtime Howrey partner Mark Dickson joined Winston on Monday while partner Thomas Mavrakakis started last week. “They’re both very high-quality patent litigators and we are very fortunate to obtain them,” says Charles Birenbaum, who heads Winston’s San Francisco office. “They are part of our general strategic plan to build out the San Francisco office. The plan calls for strengthening litigation, corporate, labor and employment, and practice areas that modify those.” “These guys are rocket scientists,” Birenbaum added. “They are very, very smart.” Dickson, who holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and once was a research chemist for Shell Oil, was one of the lawyers who opened Arnold, White & Durkee’s Silicon Valley office 11 years ago. He stayed on when the firm merged with Howrey & Simon, and served such clients as McKesson Information Solutions, Incyte Genomics Inc. and Bio-Rad Laboratories. (Howrey recently shortened its name from Howrey Simon Arnold & White.) Dickson said McKesson and Cleangro Ltd. are among the clients he is bringing to Winston. Mavrakakis joined Arnold, White & Durkee as a summer associate in Texas, stayed four years, took a couple of years off and returned to the firm’s Silicon Valley office after the merger in 2000. He holds a degree in electrical engineering, and his practice includes semiconductor manufacturing, integrated circuit design and computer architecture. The lawyers said they moved for the opportunity to build a patent practice with Winston’s IP group in California. “Winston & Strawn offers me a package I can’t get at Howrey,” said Dickson. “Howrey is primarily a litigation firm, with IP, antitrust and global business. . . . Winston’s corporate practice gives clients more opportunities.” The lawyers follow on the heels of a number of lateral hires for Winston, including IP partners Andrew Bridges and John Nishi from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and litigators Jeffrey Lederman and Amanda Groves from what was then Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. Winston & Strawn entered the San Francisco market in 2003 by acquiring 25-lawyer restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy firm Murphy Sheneman Julian & Rogers. Winston’s San Francisco office has 45 attorneys today.

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