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The Assistant U.S. Attorney who led the first trial test of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is leaving. Scott Frewing is exiting the elite Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property group to return to Baker & McKenzie’s Silicon Valley office as one of its first West Coast white-collar crime attorneys. Frewing joined Baker’s Palo Alto, Calif., offices last week as of counsel in its white-collar crime and tax litigation practice. Managing partner Peter Engstrom said that while Baker has also hired two high-profile white-collar defense attorneys in the Washington, D.C., and Miami regions in the past year and has an established team in Chicago, Frewing will fill a niche in the West Coast offices. “Scott is the first focused white-collar person out here,” Engstrom said. “Scott was a superstar when he was here. The opportunity to have him back is something we jumped at. And it makes sense to have someone on the ground here.” Frewing first joined Baker as an associate in 1998 after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center. He represented software and technology clients in government audits and litigation. He moved to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2000 and became a founding member of the CHIP unit in San Jose, prosecuting such IP crimes as copyright and trademark infringement, trade secrets theft and securities fraud. Among his cases, Frewing prosecuted former Cisco Systems Vice President Robert Gordon for insider trading and wire fraud in 2001. Frewing also prosecuted Russian company Elcomsoft Ltd. and engineer Dmitry Sklyarov as the first criminal defendant under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The case drew international attention after the arrest of 25-year-old Sklyarov at a hacker convention in Las Vegas. A jury acquitted the Russian company in December. At Baker, Frewing will represent companies and individuals in government investigations and audits, grand jury proceedings and trials. Frewing, who was out of the country, could not be reached for comment. “We are pleased that Scott is joining our growing national white-collar crime practice; he brings to the firm a recognized expertise in intellectual property crimes as well as experience in a broad range of government enforcement actions,” said Plato Cacheris, a partner and senior member of Baker’s white-collar unit. Engstrom said the firm is also examining bulking up its corporate securities practice. Baker & McKenzie, which is headquartered in Chicago, has 40 attorneys in its Silicon Valley office and 50 in San Francisco.

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