With its San Diego office leader heading to academia, Goodwin Procter has tapped former Heller Ehrman partner David Kleinfeld to take over as office chairman.
Partner Stephen Ferruolo, also a former Heller lawyer who had led the Goodwin office since it opened in 2007, will become dean of the University of San Diego School of Law starting in August.
Kleinfeld, an IP litigator who joined Goodwin nine months ago from Foley & Lardner, said he got the call from Goodwin Chairwoman Regina Pisa during an eight-day client visit to Taiwan, Japan and China.
“That’s how I found out about the firm’s desire that I take the position,” said Kleinfeld, who was still jet-lagged this afternoon from his trip. “I told Regina that I’d be happy to help in any way I could.”
Goodwin’s 15-lawyer office has been handling corporate and litigation work for Qualcomm, Kyocera, Nokia, KTC and other clients, Kleinfeld said. The plan is to build on those areas, particularly in electrical engineering and life sciences, and in patent prosecution, he said.