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In a move to make itself more known nationally, Goodwin, Procter & Hoar took on board 27 lawyers from a New Jersey-based law firm that was known as one of the top intellectual property law firms in the tri-state region. The group of lawyers, which includes the founding partners of Roseland, N.J.-based Friedman Siegelbaum LLP, comprise what will become Goodwin Procter’s Garden State office after June 1. “The main draw for us was their expertise in technology contracting,” said Regina M. Pisa, managing partner at Goodwin Procter. “This acquisition in New Jersey gives us a deeper bench, if you will, to broaden the platform for our private-equity and emerging companies practice.” Goodwin Procter, now a 450-lawyer firm, has offices in Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. and will establish Friedman Siegelbaum’s Roseland location as its fourth office. Goodwin Procter’s New York location houses a nationally known corporate, financial, and real estate transactional practice and its Boston office has gained a national reputation for its real estate securities work, as well as its burgeoning effort in private-equity and emerging companies practice. With roughly half its lawyers joining Goodwin, Friedman Siegelbaum, a 60-lawyer firm that has specialized in computer, technology and intellectual property law for more than 20 years, will dissolve, firm officials said. “The strength of Goodwin Procter’s corporate, securities and litigation departments, coupled with its diverse client base in the technology sectors, make this combination ideal from our perspective and the perspective of our clients,” said Joseph R. Siegelbaum, a founding partner of Friedman Siegelbaum, in a statement. Joining Goodwin Procter as partners are Siegelbaum, Mary J. Hildebrand, Marc S. Friedman, Albert J. Solecki, Jr., Sidney H. Dvorkin, and Richard I. Samuel. “What we bought, and what we thought we were getting when we made this acquisition, was an expertise base that is comparable to ours,” said Pisa. For Pisa, the acquisition establishes Goodwin Procter as a competitor on the national stage for technology and intellectual property law, a market that it has set its sights on as a growth area. “That’s been one of my big objectives,” Pisa said. “To bolster and grow our national franchise … and take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the new economy.” While Pisa said that her focus has been to make Goodwin Procter’s emerging-companies practice a national force, the group of Friedman Siegelbaum lawyers will also be bringing a prodigious book of business with them. The group, known for being deep when it comes to complex transactions, has a client list that includes Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research Inc.), Viacom International Inc., Blockbuster Entertainment Group, Showtime, Paramount Pictures Inc., Simon & Schuster, Citibank, the CIT Group, Dow Jones & Co. and Factiva Inc. (a joint venture between Dow Jones and Reuters). The lawyers have represented some of the nation’s largest companies, as well as some well-known startups, from telecommunications to entertainment to finance.

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