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(Reuters) – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is opening an office in Salt Lake City, changing into the newest main U.S. regulation agency to plant a flag within the tech-heavy area generally known as “Silicon Slopes.”
A Wilson Sonsini consultant confirmed the office opening late Monday in addition to the names of three lawyers who’re set to be primarily based there.
The brand new office will consist of Deno Himonas, a Utah Supreme Courtroom justice poised to retire from the bench in March, and Marc Porter, a Holland & Hart companion. Matt Squires, a Wilson Sonsini companion, will relocate to Salt Lake City from Seattle.
Porter is a company companion who has beforehand represented Sign Peak Ventures, a Salt Lake City-based enterprise capital agency. Squires is the top of Wilson Sonsini’s Latin America follow group.
The Silicon Valley-founded agency has an present presence in Salt Lake City by way of SixFifty LLC, its authorized know-how subsidiary.
Wilson Sonsini used to have an office of training attorneys in a Salt Lake City office that opened in 2001, however closed six years later when founding companion Bob O’Connor moved his follow to the Bay Space, in accordance to media stories on the time.
Salt Lake City has emerged as a know-how and enterprise capital hub, and corporations like eBay Inc and Microsoft Corp have arrange store there.
U.S. regulation corporations have been following in current months. In September, Chicago-founded Kirkland & Ellis opened its Salt Lake City office by relocating three companions from its different workplaces. Final month, Foley & Lardner tapped a staff from Maschoff Brennan, an mental property agency with workplaces in Utah and California, to launch an outpost.
Doug Clark, Wilson Sonsini’s managing companion, stated in an announcement supplied to Reuters that the agency’s new office will assist it serve Utah’s corporations and traders.
“With this announcement, we enhance our longstanding client relationships in the region, recognize Salt Lake City for the vibrant market it has become for emerging technology and life sciences companies, and we look forward to adding an invaluable asset to the firm in the person of Justice Himonas,” he stated.
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