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A photograph of Daniel Johnson Jr., relaxed in his office at Fenwick & West and chatting on the telephone, was still proudly displayed on the Silicon Valley law firm’s Internet home page Wednesday afternoon. But Johnson was busy filling out dozens of forms on his first day at work as a partner at the San Francisco offices of Philadelphia-based Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. “I was extremely busy at Fenwick, but looking for a national platform,” said Johnson. “I wanted to go to a multi-office firm, especially one with an Asian connection.” The IP litigator, who worked at Fenwick for six years, most recently served as lead trial counsel in the case of Compuware v. IBM, where he obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement earlier this month on behalf of Compuware. Fenwick had to build 20,000 square feet of new shelf space to house more than 20 million pages of discovery documents from the case. “I think it will be a good fit for me, the combination of the people and the type of practice, the depth that I need so that I don’t have to do as much running around as I did in the past,” Johnson said. Johnson spent 25 years at Cooley Godward and served as a state deputy attorney general from 1973 to 1976. He was recruited to Morgan Lewis through partner Franklin “Brock” Gowdy. “I’ve known him for a long time,” Gowdy said Wednesday. “He is one of the best litigators and trial lawyers. … Part of our objective is to build the best litigation and trial practice in California.” “Our intention and our strategy has been to offer clients not just all the related specialties but to offer great trial lawyers,” Gowdy said. “When it comes to substantial disputes, we want to be corporate America’s 911.” Gowdy said he shared with Johnson a similar background and way of looking at life. “He played on the black students union [basketball] team at Berkeley while I was in law school there,” said Gowdy. Fenwick’s Gordon Davidson said, “Dan’s a terrific lawyer. He made a very strong contribution to the firm. He is a good friend and we wish him well.” Davidson didn’t wish to comment about Johnson being an icon on his firm’s home page. But Johnson did have something to say about the prospect of gracing the front of any more Web sites. “I’m going to charge them,” said Johnson. “They will have to pay me if they want to use me as a model.”

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