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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partners voted on Nov. 2 to elevate 13 associates to partner, a big jump from the five partners the firm made in 2001. The promotions, which take effect at the start of the Palo Alto, Calif.-based firm’s fiscal year on Feb. 1, will bring to 152 the number of partners at the 670-lawyer firm. Wilson Sonsini was in a tight spot. With the economy contracting and corporate work drying up, the firm shrank its class size in 2001 from the 14 partners elected in 2000 and 23 elected in 1999. “The economy comes into play in a lot of different decisions,” said John Roos, Wilson Sonsini’s managing director of professional services. “You have to balance it with the investment you want to make in the future. Overall, we have tended toward erring on the investment side, knowing we will come out of this downturn in the long run.” The class of partners-elect includes six corporate associates, three technology transactions practitioners and four litigators — two of whom focus on intellectual property matters. The slate included 10 associates in Palo Alto and one each in the New York, Reston, Va., and San Francisco offices. The new Palo Alto partners include Bret DiMarco, a corporate associate who graduated from the University of Southern California Law School in 1993, and corporate associate Eric Finseth, who graduated from Columbia Law School in 1994. Also joining the partner ranks in February are Palo Alto corporate associates Kathleen Huryn-Rothman, who graduated in 1994 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Raj Judge, who graduated in 1993 from Whittier Law School; and Michelle Whipkey, who graduated from Stanford Law School in 1994. The new San Francisco partner is corporate associate Michael Ringler, a 1995 Georgetown University Law Center graduate. Also: Palo Alto technology transactions associates Ian Edvalson, who graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1995, and Adit Khorana, a Stanford Law School 1994 graduate. In New York: Leonard Jacoby, a tech transactions lawyer and 1994 Harvard Law School graduate. The new litigation partners include Lyle Roberts, a University of Chicago Law School 1996 graduate who is based in the firm’s Reston, Va., office, and John Stigi III, a 1987 University of Virginia School of Law graduate who works in the firm’s Palo Alto office. The new Palo Alto-based IP litigation partners are Stacy Margolies, a Palo Alto-based graduate of Boston University Law School class of 1994, and Jennifer Ochs, a 1994 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.

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