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Horton Joins DLA Piper in East Palo Alto

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Firm Continues to Expand in Silicon Valley

East Palo Alto, CA -- DLA Piper today announced that Richard Horton, a leading US and international corporate and intellectual property attorney, has joined the firm as a partner in the Silicon Valley office.

The move is just the latest in a string of significant additions to the firm’s presence in the Bay Area this year. In 2007 alone, the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices each welcomed four new lateral partners.

The addition of Horton, who focuses on all aspects of technology transactions, is in line with the firm’s commitment to providing high-value corporate and intellectual property counsel - two of the firm’s five core areas of practice - to the world’s leading mature and emerging companies.

An experienced, dual-qualified US and Australian attorney, Horton brings with him a strong and diverse background in local and international complex technology and product development, joint ventures, and all forms of licensing involving technology and non-technology-related IP. During his 8 years in Silicon Valley since arriving from Australia, he has been extensively involved in advising U.S., Indian and Australian multi-national corporations in US deals and in significant cross-border transactions in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, important growth areas for DLA Piper.

"Richard’s arrival adds to the momentum we’ve achieved in building our core practices in Silicon Valley this year," said J. Terence O’Malley, DLA Piper U.S. Managing Partner. "His experience in India, Australia and the Asia Pacific region on cross-border transactions matches up nicely with our firm’s strategic vision of becoming the world’s leading business law firm."

Previously, Horton spent 5 years in the Palo Alto office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and was most recently a partner in the San Francisco office of Minter Ellison, a leading Australian firm, practicing both US and Australian law. He began his career in Australia, where he worked as a solicitor for 7 years, including a one year secondment with a major Australian Telecom company.

He is a frequent speaker with the Computer Law Association, the Licensing Executives Society, the Practicing Law Institute, and the IP Society. Horton received an L.L.M from the University of Sydney. He received a Bachelor of Commerce and an L.L.B from the University of New South Wales.

About DLA Piper

DLA Piper has 3,600 lawyers in 25 countries and 64 offices throughout the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia. It has leading practices in corporate, finance, human resources, litigation, real estate, regulatory and legislative, tax, and technology, media and communications. Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell is Chairman of DLA Piper. In certain jurisdictions, this information may be considered attorney advertising.

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