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Howard Ervin III, a veteran Cooley Godward partner who specializes in emerging growth and technology companies, has left the firm after 26 years for an in-house position at biotech company Cerus Corp. “I was looking for new adventures and opportunities,” says Ervin. “I felt like I had accomplished what I wished to at Cooley.” He is the latest in a string of tech-related partners to leave their firms in favor of in-house offers. Last year, Michael Jacobson left Cooley for eBay Inc. Recently, Thomas Bevilacqua left Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison for ETrade Group Inc., while Fenwick & West’s Mark Stevens exited for a position at Excite Inc. Mark Silverman, a partner at Venture Law Group, also left to join Drugstore.com Inc.

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