When IP litigator Ken Korea joined Greenberg Traurig from McDermott, Will & Emery in 2005, he told Cal Law that he was psyched to build up a Silicon Valley IP practice from scratch.
But apparently Korea’s clients didn’t have the patience. Korea packed his bags for Dechert last week.
“We were building it,” Korea told Legal Pad on Monday. “Some clients want to see that bench strength right now as opposed to a couple of years down the road.”
Although he said he’ll miss Greenberg, Korea told Legal Pad that Dechert has the “bench strength” his clients need.
The move is also a homecoming of sorts. Before joining McDermott, Korea was a lawyer at the now-defunct Brobeck — he was even on his way to becoming partner there, but the final vote never happened because the firm collapsed in early 2003. A big part of Dechert’s Mountain View office is made up of former Brobeck IP lawyers, led by Jim Elacqua.
Korea said he’s bringing over his clients, whom he declined to name.
— Zusha Elinson