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Trevor Chaplick has had an impressive roster of clients and a two-coast r�sum�. Well-known names include Coinstar, which he helped take public in 1997; AtHome Network, a now-defunct Internet access provider that had a splashy initial public offering in 1999; and New Enterprise Associates, which he represented in its funding of Vonage, the high-profile provider of broadband phone services, in 2003 and 2004. These clients have come to him in two of the country’s hottest technology markets, Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia. Chaplick is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, well known for its West Coast high-tech and emerging-growth expertise. In early 2000 he opened the firm’s first East Coast branch — in Reston, Va. — and remains the office’s managing partner. Chaplick, 43, sticks with his clients through their corporate life cycle — “from cradle to grave,” as he puts it. His range extends “from a couple of engineers coming off the street to get incorporated to doing early-stage venture capital to later-stage deals to taking companies public,” he says. “I’ve tried to keep it balanced because it makes you a better attorney.” In the past year alone, Chaplick has handled two IPOs (with a third one going through the registration process), as well as 12 mergers and acquisitions and 33 venture-capital deals. One of his most recent transactions involved Techbooks, which sells desktop publishing, e-learning, and content-conversion services. Chaplick advised the company in the raising of $45 million in venture capital. Besides the young companies seeking funds, Chaplick also has won the trust of the underwriters, private equity firms, and venture capitalists that do the investing. “He is incredibly thoughtful and creative and thinks not just through the legal issues but the business issues, as well,” says Niloo Howe, managing director of the D.C.-based Paladin Capital Group. Chaplick began his career as an accountant at the now-defunct Arthur Andersen, working in the firm’s D.C. office for two years. He left to attend the University of Virginia School of Law and graduated in 1990. Chaplick’s first legal job was with Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley, but he was soon lured away by a former classmate who had gone to Wilson Sonsini. Chaplick jumped to Wilson Sonsini in 1994. It was the beginning of the Internet tech boom, and the frenzy was building. Chaplick’s office was down the hall from the lawyers who took Netscape public in three weeks. He recalls seeing them crowded around a computer terminal, trying to figure out just how to use their client’s Web browser. With an itch to get back to the D.C. area, Chaplick started proposing the idea of setting up an East Coast office in 1998. He got his wish two years later. The office, which opened with a handful of attorneys, has about 30 today. Chaplick prefers corporate law over litigation, he says, because of its positive effect on people’s lives and the economy. “When you help a company get financed, you’re creating jobs for people. It sounds a little silly and clich�d, but it’s an indirect way to see your efforts help people.”

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