In what has already been an active year on the lateral hiring front by DLA Piper, the global legal giant announced this week its addition of five new partners in three cities, the majority of whom will join its intellectual property and technology practice.

DLA Piper has welcomed back Clayton Thompson and Yakov “Jake” Zolotorev for its intellectual property and technology group in East Palo Alto. The latter two lawyers left DLA Piper in early 2011 to form Feinberg Day Alberti & Thompson, a Silicon Valley-based IP boutique that has renamed itself Feinberg Day Alberti Lim & Belloli following the departure of Thompson.