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SAN FRANCISCO � With a glut of plaintiffs’ work involving Bay Area technology companies, Seattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro has opened an office here to be closer to the action. The 38-lawyer firm tapped former Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins partner Reed Kathrein to head the operation. Kathrein will also oversee Hagens’ two-lawyer Los Angeles outpost. Joining him in San Francisco will be two associates and an of counsel from the San Diego-based Lerach firm, from which Kathrein departed late last year. Known for managing multistate national class actions in securities, antitrust and consumer fraud cases, Hagens Berman opened a Chicago office in 2004 and one in Cambridge, Mass., in 2002. The firm is involved in the DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) and SRAM (Static Random Access Memory) antitrust cases here, and several others that it expects to wind up in local courts. “Hagens is a very well-known, tough-minded litigation firm that’s had a number of successes,” Morrison & Foerster securities defense partner Melvin Goldman said. Hagens most recently negotiated a pending $300 million settlement as lead counsel in the DRAM memory antitrust litigation, and served as co-counsel on the Visa/MasterCard antitrust litigation, which resulted in a $3 billion settlement. Hagens Berman managing partner Steve Berman said San Francisco has been a draw in recent years for large antitrust cases like the DRAM case, which his firm filed five years ago in Idaho. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton appointed Hagens Berman as one of three lead counsel in that case.

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