February 3, 2009

Big News: I’m Joining Durie Tangri Lemley Roberts & Kent LLP

My friends and colleagues Daralyn Durie, Ragesh Tangri, Mark Lemley, Clem Roberts, and Ryan Kent have formed a new law firm — and I’m joining them as their first (and, for the moment, only) associate.  The press release follows.


Google, Genentech and Ticketmaster Choose New Firm As Counsel

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 2, 2009 – The partners of Durie Tangri Lemley Roberts & Kent LLP are pleased to announce the formation of their new firm, effective today.

Durie Tangri focuses on diverse areas of complex civil litigation, including intellectual property (patent, trademark and copyright), complex contract and commercial matters, antitrust and unfair competition, class actions, appellate practice and professional liability.

Durie Tangri’s founding members were formerly with San Francisco’s litigation boutique Keker & Van Nest, LLP, and maintain a strong relationship with their former firm. “Ragesh, Daralyn, Mark, Clem and Ryan are great lawyers and we wish their new firm success,” Keker & Van Nest managing partner Chris Kearney said.

The respect is mutual. “John Keker and Bob Van Nest have been tremendously generous as mentors and leaders,” said Ragesh Tangri. “We hope to maintain that spirit, as well as the firm’s standard of excellence in law practice, in our new venture.” Daralyn Durie echoed those sentiments: “I couldn’t have been more fortunate than to have John [Keker] to teach me how to try cases. After more than 15 years, I will miss practicing with him and everyone else at the firm enormously, but I am very excited by the prospect of founding a new firm.”

Clients such as Google, Genentech and Ticketmaster have recognized the firm’s promise and chosen the firm as their counsel in several matters.

Daralyn Durie has been named one of the top 50 litigators under 45 in the United States by American Lawyer and the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. Ragesh Tangri has been recognized as a leader in intellectual property law by Chambers and Partners and has been included in Best Lawyers in America’s commercial litigation section. Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He has been named one of the top 50 litigators under 45 in the United States by American Lawyer and California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year in intellectual property. Clement Roberts and Ryan Kent have achieved success at all levels of complex civil litigation, from winning summary judgment to obtaining successful jury verdicts.

Durie Tangri serves clients nationally from its offices in San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit

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Keker & Van Nest is an amazing law firm filled with great lawyers who are also really good and interesting people.  I’m excited to take on the new challenges and rewards that the new firm will bring, but sad to leave Keker.

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