Carrie LeRoy, White & Case
Carrie LeRoy, White & Case (Brendan Hoffman)

Carrie LeRoy has joined White & Case’s intellectual property practice as a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. She was previously counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

LeRoy, who was one of The Recorder’s 2016 Women Leaders in Tech Law, advises tech companies on both IP strategy and mergers and acquisitions. She was the lead IP attorney representing Broadcom Corp. in its $37 billion purchase of Avago Technologies Ltd. in 2015, and she played the same role for SanDisk Corp. in its $19 billion sale to Western Digital Corp. in 2016.

With 39 offices around the world, White & Case offers LeRoy the opportunity to do more cross-border work, she said. She also cited the firm’s No. 1 ranking by Bloomberg in M&A deal volume.

“A lot of firms say they’re global law firms, but White & Case is really a global law firm,” LeRoy said.

LeRoy isn’t the first high-profile attorney to jump from Skadden to White & Case’s Silicon Valley office in the past year. M&A partner Jason Tomita, with whom LeRoy has worked on several transactions, made a parallel move in July 2016.

Bringing LeRoy onboard is part of White & Case’s ongoing effort to strengthen its tech practice, Silicon Valley executive partner Bijal Vakil said. Along with other recent additions, including corporate and securities partner Bill Choe, who joined from Morrison & Foerster in 2015, LeRoy’s arrival will help the firm appeal to tech clients both inside and outside the U.S., Vakil said.

“We were fortunate to have Carrie interested in us,” he said. “She’s a rare find.”

LeRoy wouldn’t comment on whether she’d be bringing individual clients with her from Skadden, but she said the types of matters she handles would remain the same.

Kenton King, who leads Skadden’s Palo Alto office, called LeRoy a “valued contributor to our office for many years” and cited her work creating a pro bono outreach initiative for local teens who have run-ins with the law. “We wish her all the best in this new phase of her career,” he said.

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