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IP Litigator William Abrams Named Managing Partner of Bingham’s Silicon Valley Office and IP Group Co-Leader

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Abrams Brings More Than 25 Years of Experience to Position, Sees Increasing International Opportunities for Clients, Aims To Increase Silicon Valley Office's Activity in Local Community

East Palo Alto, CA -- William F. Abrams, a litigator who has mixed a vibrant intellectual property practice with significant pro bono work, has been named managing partner of the Silicon Valley office and co-leader of Bingham McCutchen LLP's Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Prosecution Practice Group.

Abrams has more than 25 years of experience handling trials, appeals, arbitrations, and mediations involving intellectual property, business torts, contracts and complex litigation in the United States and around the world.

"Our clients are becoming more active overseas, and Bingham's IP group has the capabilities to help them meet their needs and challenges. I am eager to help develop this practice even further so we will be in the best possible position to help our clients," said Abrams. He succeeds former IP co-leader and Silicon Valley managing partner Mary Huser, who became vice president and deputy general counsel of eBay Inc.

Abrams has represented both public and private companies in a wide range of industries, including software and hardware companies, internet and media, life sciences, universities and research institutions, financial institutions, and wineries and alcoholic beverage companies. He joined Bingham in June 2006 from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he was the head of the IP section and IP litigation team.

"Bill has a wealth of experience and a leading reputation as a first-rate IP trial lawyer," said Richard Taffet, co-chair of Bingham's Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Prosecution Practice Group. "He has contributed wonderfully in his brief time at Bingham, and we look forward to benefiting from his insights, experience and talents as a co-leader of our group."

In addition to his IP practice, Abrams is committed to pro bono work. He currently represents two death-row inmates in Alabama, and he recently won a victory on behalf of a deaf and disabled girl in an effort to obtain her admission to the California School for the Deaf. Abrams is also on the Stanford faculty, where he teaches courses on Constitutional law and IP.

Abrams hopes to bring that same spirit to his position as Silicon Valley office managing partner. "I hope to make our office even more engaged in the community," Abrams said. "I want to encourage everyone, from lawyers to staff, to become involved in pro bono efforts or community-service organizations. This commitment will further our support for the Silicon Valley community."

Bingham McCutchen LLP - - is a national law firm with global capabilities, with nearly 1,000 attorneys in 13 offices. The firm represents clients in cross-border restructurings and insolvencies, high-stakes litigation, complex financing and regulatory matters, government affairs, and a wide variety of sophisticated corporate and technology transactions.

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