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Bingham Expands Technology Practice in Boston With Addition of Veteran IP Lawyer Steven Frank

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Frank Joins Bingham from Goodwin Procter; Enhances Firm's Tech-Focused Capabilities in M&A, Technology Protection and Licensing, Private Equity, IP Transactions

Boston, MA -- Bingham McCutchen LLP has expanded its Boston office and Corporate Area with the addition of veteran intellectual property lawyer Steven J. Frank.

Formerly with Goodwin Procter, Frank joins as a partner in Bingham's Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities (CMAS) Practice Group. At Bingham, Frank will continue his leading intellectual property practice for technology companies, which includes licensing and collaboration, technology transfer, and patent strategy and prosecution. In addition, he will provide deep experience in transactional IP due diligence and will be a key addition to Bingham's growing middle-market technology M&A practice. The author of Intellectual Property for Managers and Investors, Frank brings nearly 25 years of experience in intellectual property law.

"Steve's arrival to Bingham underscores our continued investment in building our corporate capabilities for clients with sophisticated legal needs in key technology centers," said Barry Direnfeld, co-leader of Bingham's Corporate Area. Earlier this year, Bingham added Daniel Cooperman, former general counsel of Apple and Oracle, to its Silicon Valley office.

Steven C. Browne, co-head of Bingham's CMAS group, noted that Frank's broad experience in the IP field complements the firm's areas of strategic focus in the technology sector, most notably technology company representation, strategic M&A, private equity, TMT (technology, media and telecom) and clean technology. "His deep experience, including his broad skill set in strategic IP transactions, will strengthen our core technology practice and fits particularly well with our rapidly growing technology M&A practice," Browne said.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Frank was a partner at the former Boston firm Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault, where he practiced with Browne and other Bingham partners, including Kevin Barry, Michael Conza, Laurie Cerveny, Jordan Hershman and Jason Frank. "We're extremely excited to be practicing with Steve again," said Browne.

Bingham's national platform and continued investment in growing its technology-based practices played a key role in Frank joining the firm.

"Bingham's aggressive growth in the technology M&A market is compelling and ideal for growing my practice," said Frank. "Bingham has tremendous transactional capabilities in the technology space, and Bingham's investment in technology company representation and related intellectual property work is exciting not only to me as a practitioner but also for clients."

A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, Frank is recognized as a leading IP practitioner and has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He has negotiated multimillion-dollar domestic and cross-border licenses, as well as technology-transfer agreements involving leading universities and research institutions. He advises technology companies, from late-stage public companies to emerging-growth companies, in the development and execution of business-driven IP strategies.

Bingham,, offers a broad range of market-leading practices nationally and internationally. The firm has 1,100 lawyers in 13 locations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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