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After seven years away from the legal profession, former Napster CEO Hank Barry joined Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin as a partner. He represents clients in all stages of development, with a focus on intellectual property, commercial strategy and financing. Though he doesn’t bring clients with him, the firm is banking on his wealth of technology contacts he has developed in 20 years on the Silicon Valley scene as attorney, venture capitalist and executive. One of Howard, Rice’s goals this year was to expand the emerging growth technology practice, said partner Deborah Marshall, who had practiced with Barry at Cooley Godward. “Hank has experience at law firms, fabulous contacts, and a profound understanding of the technology,” she said. Barry most recently worked at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners where he was partner since 1999. He said that while there, he worked with Palo Alto software security company Voltage Security Inc. and Homes.com, a San Francisco company that went into bankruptcy and was later bought by RealEstate.com. Barry served as CEO and board member at Napster on behalf of Hummer Winblad from May 2000 to May 2002. He said he managed most of Napster’s copyright litigation during his tenure there, including the A& M Records suit. Before joining Hummer Winblad, Barry was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he represented Internet and digital media companies, including BizRate and Global Village Communications. Barry said Howard Rice was his pick because of the firm’s size and client roster. Also, he has worked with many partners in the past and knows them personally.

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