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Lawyers from Boies, Schiller & Flexner are hoping to morph their virtual West Coast office into a physical one. The firm made famous for representing Napster and former presidential candidate Al Gore already has four lawyers working out of their East Bay homes. It is now trying to find office space for its attorneys in Oakland. “The firm has historically been built around people,” said Boies Schiller partner Steven Holtzman, from his home-office in Oakland. “Everyone thinks Oakland is a good place to be.” Boies Schiller is based in Armonk, N.Y., and has offices in Florida, Washington, D.C, New York and Hanover, N.H. The firm, which now has a little more than 100 lawyers nationwide, was started three years ago by David Boies after his stint as outside counsel to the U.S. Department of Justice in United States v. Microsoft Corp. Holtzman, along with the firm’s other West Coast partner, John Cove Jr., joined Boies Schiller directly from the DOJ, where they had worked alongside Boies. Holtzman said the pair, along with two associates, has been serving West Coast clients for the firm for the past year. He said they do an all-litigation mix of antitrust, IP and securities work. Aside from representing Redwood City, Calif.-based Napster, they’ve represented Silicon Valley telecommunications company 3Com in securities litigation. In January, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Conrad Rushing awarded 3Com a summary judgment in Hirsch v. 3Com Corp., 764977 and 765962. Holtzman said they’ve also been doing antitrust litigation for SBC/Pacific Bell. “We’re operating as a virtual law firm right now,” he said. “Insofar as we deal with each other, we utilize all electronic means as well as get together when we need to. It’s not a substitute for having an office, but I think it’s viable on a small scale.” They’re looking to hire a few more associates, and want to find about 6,000 square feet of office space that will accommodate growth. “We plan on organic growth that meets the needs of the work and the clients we have,” he said. “We’re not rushing into anything. It’s a question of finding the right space.”

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