New Venable San Francisco office continues to draw coverage

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This week, Venable announced the opening of its second West Coast office in San Francisco. The new office will serve the needs of the firm’s Northern California client base and other clients’ needs throughout the Bay Area. Jim Nelson will serve as Partner-in-Charge and is joined by partner Art Cirulnick and of counsel Michelle Gross. Well-known Bay Area commercial litigator Tom Wallerstein, whose practice focuses on high-stakes commercial, employment and intellectual property litigation, also joined the newly opened Bay Area office as a partner with associates Kimberly Culp and Cameron Cole.

In an interview with the Daily Journal on October 10, 2013 Nelson said Venable’s goal is to create a full-service office but will begin by pushing the firm’s substantial presence in Washington, DC and significant experience dealing with privacy matters. Intellectual property will also be an early hallmark of the office according to Nelson.

In the same interview, Wallerstein said he specializes in “employee mobility litigation” which includes wrongful termination, noncompete agreements, intellectual property and trade secret issues. He said he joined Venable to be part of a full-service firm and expects to be deeply involved in business development with local clients. “The whole reason for my move was to have that cross-selling ability,” Wallerstein added. Partner Doug Emhoff said “Wallerstein got on the firm's radar because of his connection to a partner in the New York office with whom he went to law school.”

News of Venable’s new office was also featured in Bloomberg and the Potomac Tech Wire newsletter on October 10.