Renowned California IP Firm Blakely Sokoloff Taylor Zafman Joining With Womble Bond Dickinson

12/20/17

Newest Additions are latest in year of major growth for Womble Bond Dickinson.

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP announced today California-based Blakely Sokoloff Taylor Zafman, LLP will join Womble Bond Dickinson effective January 2, 2018. The addition of the Blakely team will add 24 lawyers and patent agents to Womble Bond Dickinson’s roster as well as offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and Sunnyvale to complement the firm’s existing Silicon Valley office.

“We have been impressed with the steady strategic growth of Womble Bond Dickinson’s IP practice,” said Roger Blakely. “We were also pleased to find that our firms share a vision for the future and commitment to clients.”

Blakely founded the firmin 1975 and,along with a core group of veteran attorneys, grew it into one of the mostrespected IP practices in the country. Most of the firm’s lawyershave deep technical backgrounds, particularly in software and electrical engineering, making Blakely a favored firm among California’s tech giants.The firm’s branding practice is also sought after across several industries.

Womble Bond Dickinson has experience working with those and many other tech companies based in California, having opened its first West Coast office in 2011 in Silicon Valley. Still, Mike Gencarella, Managing Partner of the firm’s Palo Alto office, said the addition of the Blakely IP professionals to Womble Bond Dickinson’s existing IP, transactional and litigation practices is a watershed moment for both firms.

“This combinationrepositions Womble Bond Dickinson in the technology sector by adding a tremendous technical depth to the IP practice and providing the capability to service broadly the markets of northern and southern California,”Gencarella said.“Also, as the firm continues to aggressively add practices in the state, the addition of the Blakely lawyers and their particularstrengths makes the firm even more appealing to clients and talent.”

The Blakely transactioncloses out an unprecedented year of growth for Womble Bond Dickinson. US-based Womble Carlyle and UK-based Bond Dickinson formed Womble Bond Dickinson in November with one of the year’s largest law firm combinations. In 2017, the firm also opened a Boston office with another well-established IP team and announced it would add a leading boutique telecom firm to its Washington, D.C. office. However, Womble Bond Dickinson Chair and CEO, Betty Temple, said the firm remains focused on strategy, not headcount.

“The Blakely team is the perfect example of strategic growth,” she said. “The addition of this team and our Boston office, combined with our long history in IP law, makes us one of the premiere IP practices in the country. We’re focused on growth that enables us to deliver more to our clients.”

About Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson is a transatlantic law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers based in 24 UK and US office locations. The firm provides core legal services including: Commercial, Corporate, Employment, Pensions, Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Finance, Banking, Restructuring, Insolvency, IP, Technology and Data, Private Wealth, Projects, Construction and Infrastructure, Real Estate and Regulatory Law.

Womble Bond Dickinson has a particular focus on eleven key sectors: Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Insurance, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer, Transport & Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Communications & Technology and Private Wealth.

The firm’s UK offices are in Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth and Southampton. The US offices are in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Silicon Valley - Calif, Wilmington - Del, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, Winston-Salem - N.C., Charleston, Columbia, Greenville - S.C., Charlottesville, Tysons Corner - Va. and Washington D.C.

Through the firm’s association with Lex Mundi, the world’s largest association of independent law firms, Womble Bond Dickinson also can offer clients access to quality-tested local counsel in more than 120 countries.

“Womble Bond Dickinson,” the “law firm” or the “firm” refers to the network of member firms of Womble Bond Dickinson (International) Limited, consisting of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP. Each of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP is a separate legal entity operating as an independent law firm. Womble Bond Dickinson (International) Limited does not practice law. Please see www.womblebonddickinson.com/us/legal-notice for further details.

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