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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired intellectual property litigator L. Scott Oliver as a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Oliver, who represented a music publisher in the 2000 suit that led to Napster’s collapse, was most recently a partner at K&L Gates.
Oliver has also defended a handful of wireless networking companies, including Aruba Networks, Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and Meru Networks Inc. He also saw a previous lateral move go sideways in 2006 when he sought to join Morrison & Foerster as part of an IP team leaving Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.
But that move was delayed for more than a year by a client conflict involving Oliver’s former colleague James Pooley, leading the duo to start their own firm called Pooley & Oliver. The matter was eventually resolved and Oliver headed to MoFo in May 2007.
But Oliver’s 2014 move to K&L Gates went smoothly, and as of 11 a.m. Tuesday—his first day at Orrick’s office in Menlo Park, California—no complications had yet emerged from his most recent lateral foray. The move to Orrick is a reunion of sorts for Oliver, who will once again practice alongside Pooley, whom Orrick hired a year ago after he spent five years in Switzerland as deputy director of the United Nation’s World Intellectual Property Organization.
Orrick’s global reach and sizeable IP practice fueled Oliver’s enthusiasm about coming aboard when the firm began recruiting him last year, he said. Because he often handles proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission—Oliver’s a former chair of the ITC committee at the American Intellectual Property Law Association—it was particularly important for him to continue to practice at a firm with offices overseas.
“I have a client who yesterday said, ‘We need somebody to do trademark work—is there anyone at your new firm who can do that?’” he said. “The answer is, ‘Of course.’”
The opportunity to be a first-chair trial litigator at Orrick also appealed to Oliver, who added that taking cases to court is “what I love to do.”
Though Oliver (pictured right) said that none of his colleagues from K&L Gates are currently slated to follow him to Orrick, he noted there are several with whom he’d love to continue practicing.
“I think we need to see how the existing associates here—senior, midlevel and junior—work into my practice,” he said. “I’ve done this a few times, and there’s always a month or two of getting up to speed.”
Earlier this summer, Orrick watched longtime Bay Area IP litigator Matthew Poppe depart for Rimon, a boutique that does much of its business via teleconferencing. In Los Angeles, Orrick lost commercial litigation partners Kent Gross and Valerie Goo to Crowell & Moring. Orrick also overhauled its Asia strategy following a series of partner departures.
But the firm has also made significant investments to its technology practice this year.
In February, Orrick brought on Squire Patton Boggs partner Matteo Daste in San Francisco and Silicon Valleey, a month before Orrick set up shop in Silicon Beach with a new office in Santa Monica, California. And in May, Orrick hired Lowenstein Sandler partner Peter Fusco to lead its technology companies practice in New York.