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BOSTON – Cooley Godward Kronish gathered 10 partners from several national law firms to open a Boston office. The new office will have expertise in mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and commercial litigation serving emerging and public companies, life sciences, and venture and private equity funds. The lawyers, who hail from Boston firms Goulston & Storrs, Sullivan & Worcester and Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge and national firm McDermott Will & Emery, are all alumni of the defunct Boston technology and life sciences firm Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault. Boston is a natural market Cooley because it is a leading technology and life science center, said Cooley’s chairman and CEO Stephen C. Neal. “A Boston office has long been part of Cooley’s strategic plan and our knowledge of the marketplace gained over years of substantial activity here enabled us to identify and recruit a group of first-class attorneys,” Neal said. “We could not be in a better position to hit the ground running.” John Hession, who was previously a partner in McDermott Will’s corporate and private equity/emerging companies practice will be partner-in-charge. Lester J. Fagen, a former director at Goulston and a veteran private equity and venture capital attorney, will lead Cooley’s business and technology practice in Boston and its private equity practice firmwide. Other corporate lawyers joining the Palo Alto, Calif.-headquartered Cooley include two members of Sullivan’s leadership team: Alfred L. Browne III, the former chairman of Sullivan’s venture capital/emerging companies group and Miguel J. Vega, who was previously a co-director of the corporate department. Former Goulston director Patrick J. Mitchell, who focuses on private equity and venture capital, and former McDermott Will partner Marc Recht are also on-board. Cooley is also adding two new intellectual property lawyers: Thomas C. Meyers, who chaired the intellectual property department at Sullivan’s Boston office, and Robert J. Tosti, a former partner at Edwards Angell. Litigator Richard S. Sanders, who chaired Sullivan’s technology litigation practice, and Robert B. Lovett, a former partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s securities and financial litigation group, round out the new Cooley recruits. The Boston beachhead continues the firm’s East Coast expansion. The firm opened a Washington office in September 2005 and merged with New York’s Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman last fall. Cooley also said it expects to attract other Boston attorneys in the coming weeks.

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