PALO ALTO — Dechert has poached a patent litigator for its Silicon Valley office.

S. Michael Song, who represents clients in litigation matters involving semiconductors, computer hardware and software, network security, telecommunications and medical devices, recently joined Dechert’s intellectual property practice as a partner. He comes from McDermott Will & Emery.

Like many of his clients, Song is an engineer, entrepreneur and inventor. Song developed microprocessors for Advanced Micro Devices before diving into law. After spending two years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, he took a hiatus from his new career to build a computer chip company. He returned to Wilson Sonsini as of counsel in 2002 before joining McDermott as a partner in 2012.

“Michael brings to his practice the perspective of someone who started and ran a technology company, including developing and managing its intellectual property,” Ann Caviani Pease, cochairwoman of Dechert’s IP practice, said in a statement. “That’s something most litigators do not have.”

Song, who is also an inventor of two technology patents, said he was drawn to the opportunity to grow his platform with Dechert’s. “I have a very technical background, and I think I can leverage or expand that here at Dechert.” He also hopes to deepen the firm’s relationships with clients like Microsoft and Hitachi.

Legal recruiter Bill Vochoska did not advise Song on his move, but said Dechert has “room for somebody like [Song] to grow, to expand the practice. McDermott is a fully developed patent litigation platform.” He added that Dechert has been “very interested in expanding its patent litigation practice in California.”

IP partner Stephen Akerley, who joined from O’Melveny & Myers in 2011, was the last lateral to land in Dechert’s Mountain View office.

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