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DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary’s media chairman Roger Myers and partner Rachel Matteo-Boehm are taking their practice to the San Francisco office of Holme Roberts & Owen. The Denver firm wants a toehold in the California media market and plans significant growth in the practice area, a good match for Myers and Matteo-Boehm, who will start today. “We were looking for a place that wanted to build a media and IP practice,” said Myers, who represents The Examiner newspaper in San Francisco and online news Web site CNet, among others. “They’re willing to put resources behind the practice.” The two attorneys were especially attracted to Holme Roberts’ growth strategy, which is based on offering lawyers support for growth, less bureaucracy and flexible rates. Firm-wide Managing Partner Kenneth Lund said he plans to grow the media group to as many as 12 lawyers in San Francisco in the next year and a half. Since opening here about three years ago, Lund has been combing the market for top-tier lawyers from very large firms to help boost the office. “The strategy focuses on attracting a more diverse practice mix with greater rate flexibility and a total focus on client service,” Lund said. “We are very pleased to welcome Roger and Rachel as partners in our San Francisco office,” Lund said. “They expand our existing practice into areas which are a great compliment to our already existing sports and entertainment practice.” Holme Roberts counts among its clients Clarity media, which owns the Examiner, and Denver-based MediaNews Group Inc., which owns a series of newspapers in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Though the departures leave DLA Piper with about three media lawyers in the Bay Area, San Francisco office Managing Partner David Gross said he doesn’t expect a ripple effect at the national level. “It’s run as a national practice,” he said. “With the depth and talent we have, anything can be covered in California with California lawyers.” DLA Piper’s media practice is the result of several mergers, incorporating lawyers from Steinhart & Falconer, Gray Cary Ware Freidenrich and Piper Rudnick. Myers and Matteo-Boehm are both former partners from Steinhart & Faalconer, where Myers represented the San Francisco Chronicle in 2001 as its First Amendment and libel counsel. Matteo-Boehm said size played a role in her decision. Though she said Holme Roberts’ 250 lawyers can’t be considered small, it “is a little closer to what we’re used to.”

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