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Law firms want a corporate lawyer the way a hungry dog wants a bone � especially in Silicon Valley. And Khoa Do knows that better than anyone. The 36-year old Greenberg Traurig partner had firms panting and a solid offer from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal before he decided to join DLA Piper as a partner. “The other offers didn’t fall apart,” Do said on Monday, from his new firm. “It was more that DLA was a much better fit.” Do, an emerging-companies and venture lawyer, comes to DLA with partner Michael Reagan, 35, who has a similar practice. Both are from Greenberg’s Silicon Valley office, which has lost a number of corporate lawyers already this year, including four who packed up for Perkins Coie. Todd Rumberger, who co-leads the Greenberg office, said the latest departures are an example of the current “madness of the Valley” � the high demand for corporate lawyers caused by the upswing in the tech economy. “It’s bidding up the prices for folks that are still considered up and comers, and I think Khoa and Michael clearly fall into that category,” he said. “It was a question of whether at all costs we were able to hold on to them from a business perspective.” Do was one of several young attorneys that Greenberg recruited from firms around the Valley to open its office back in 2004. The approach was novel, as most firms look to open offices with more established talent and intact groups. Although the office has grown to around 40 lawyers since then, quite a few of the original recruits have jumped ship this year. They include Stefan Clulow � who, like Do, originally joined Greenberg from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati � and Thomas LaWer, who left for a consulting job. Clulow left for Perkins Coie in March with Lior Zorea, following in the footsteps of another former Greenberg partner, David Frazee. Harold DeGraff also left for Perkins Coie in July. “In some cases, I think it was the best move for all included, and in others, it was the best move for the attorney just because � very candidly � because of the dollars,” said Rumberger, noting that the office recently added three corporate lawyers. Timothy Tomlinson and William Zisko closed their firm, Tomlinson Zisko, to take their corporate and securities practices to 1,700-attorney Greenberg in May. P. Garth Gartrell joined last month from Heller Ehrman. Do said he liked working at Greenberg, but that the “global platform” at 3,400-lawyer DLA Piper was enticing to him and his practice. Part of that includes the firm’s plans to open an office in Vietnam � where Do, who was born there, has several clients � within the next two years. “I have been developing an Asian practice, particularly in Vietnam, where I represent Vietnamese venture funds and state- owned companies,” Do said. “DLA Piper, with their commitment to Asia, was very attractive.” In the venture arena, Do has represented DFJ DragonFund China, a fund formed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and DragonVenture to focus on technology deals in China as well as DFJ VinaCapital, a fund formed by Draper and VinaCapital to focus on the same thing in Vietnam. He’s also represented Vietnam Airlines and MagnaChip Semiconductor, a Korean company. In Silicon Valley, Do has represented SiliconStor Inc. in its acquisition by LSI Logic Corp., as well as Zymed Laboratories Inc. in its acquisition by Invitrogen Corp., among other clients. “We have been and want to continue to aggressively recruit top-quality corporate lawyers in Silicon Valley,” said Jay Rains, who co-leads DLA’s corporate and securities practice. “We’re long-term bulls on technology.”

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