San Francisco — ­­Holland & Knight has boosted its litigation firepower on the West Coast with the addition of seven lawyers in San Francisco and Portland.

John Kern, who represents technology, financial services and healthcare companies, joined the firm’s litigation group as a partner in San Francisco earlier this month. Holland & Knight has also added five litigation partners and one associate focused on ethics, risk management and regulation to its Portland post since Jan. 1. Matthew Vafidis, who leads the West Coast litigation group, said though the firm has been planning to grow in the region for “quite some time.”

“It just happened that these laterals gave us the opportunities to add quality lawyers,” he said.

Kern will join about 30 litigation partners working in Holland & Knight’s Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco offices.

“I’m excited to join Holland & Knight’s growing strength in healthcare, government contracts and white collar investigations,” he said.

Kern previously spent eight years at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Before attending law school, he was an international trade analyst for the State Department. A Chicago-based recruiter from Lippman Jungers Maaike Almeida advised Kern on his move.

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