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Palo Alto, Calif.-based Cooley Godward is elevating eight associates and two special counsel to partner, effective Jan. 1. The 10 new partners are located in four offices and divided equally between business attorneys and litigators. With their elevation, Cooley will have 159 partners. Cooley elected about the same number of partners as it has in recent years. The firm’s record of new partners was set in 1998 when the firm elevated 13 attorneys. Last year eight attorneys joined the partnership ranks. “There’s no preordained outcome when we start our partner consideration process,” said Mark Pitchford, Cooley’s chief operating officer. We select those who’ve “demonstrated attributes and qualities we look for while being mindful of the business environment.” The three new partners in the Palo Alto office include special counsel Neal Stephens, a 1990 graduate of Harvard Law School, who was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Miami before joining Cooley; and business attorneys Carolyn Craig, who received her degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1995, and John Geschke, a 1995 graduate of Stanford Law School. Litigator Patrick Gunn, a 1994 graduate of Boston University School of Law, is the new partner in the San Francisco office. The San Diego office is gaining four partners. They include business attorneys Jane Adams, a 1995 graduate of Harvard Law School, and Steven Przesmicki, a 1995 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School; and litigators Philip Tencer, a 1994 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, and Kent Walker, who graduated from Loyola Law School in 1994. Two attorneys were made partner in the Reston, Va., office: special counsel Allan Soobert, a litigator who graduated in 1993 from Franklin Pierce Law Center; and business attorney Mark Spoto, who obtained his J.D. degree in 1995 from Georgetown University Law Center.

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