SOURCE: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

February 09, 2007 09:00 ET

Cooley Godward Kronish Partner Eric Reifschneider Named One of Daily Journal's Top 20 to Watch Under 40

PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 9, 2007 -- Cooley Godward Kronish partner Eric Reifschneider has been recognized as one of the "Top 20 to Watch Under 40" attorneys in California by The Daily Journal.

The Daily Journal, which publishes its "Top 20 Under 40" list annually, referenced Reifschneider's work on a series of big deals in recent years for a range of clients in the semiconductor industry, including Applied Materials, Inc., Synopsys, Inc., and Conexant Systems, Inc. Reifschneider was also lauded for his role last year as the lead attorney representing LSI Logic Sale in the complex sale of its semiconductor wafer fabrication plant, a transaction in which he quarterbacked a team of attorneys in employment, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, tax and environmental law.

Regarding the LSI transaction, Richard Climan, firmwide head of Cooley's mergers and acquisitions group, said Reifschneider "displayed great tenacity and remarkable versatility...he has clearly become a leader in the firm's technology transactions practice." Steve Neal, the Firm's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Eric's multifaceted talents have helped make Cooley the preeminent law firm in technology deals, a field where we have seen explosive growth and which will continue to be one of our strongest and most strategic practices."

Last year Reifschneider was recognized in Lawdragon's "500 New Stars, New Worlds" as "a tech transactions titan" who "tallies big deals for semiconductor, software and wireless clients." Reifschneider, who joined the Firm in 1996, focuses on transactions involving the acquisition, development and commercialization of technology. He has prepared and negotiated agreements for joint ventures and strategic alliances, intellectual property asset acquisitions, technology spin-outs, patent licenses, and outsourcing deals, among other kinds of transactions. He is also an expert in the intellectual property and technology aspects of mergers and acquisitions, drawing on his unique expertise in both law and technology and both IP and M&A.

Reifschneider graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1992, where he served as executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. He has Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated first in his class and was named the top Scholar-Athlete in his senior class. As noted by The Daily Journal, Reifschneider and Climan teamed up to invent two sports statistics -- the Dynasty Index and the Futility Index -- which received national attention after being featured in The Wall Street Journal.

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