SOURCE: Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean

June 29, 2005 08:00 ET

Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean Names Two New Shareholders

Promotions Enhance Firm's Commitment to Emerging Growth, Business and Commercial Litigation Clientele

PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 29, 2005 -- Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean, one of Silicon Valley's most established general practice law firms, today announced that Jacob D. Schwarz and Kenneth R. Van Vleck have been elevated as shareholders in the Business and Litigation Groups, respectively.

As a member of Thoits' Business Group, Mr. Schwarz represents emerging growth and high technology clients in business and corporate transactions and intellectual property protection and licensing issues. He has spoken at leading business schools and international conferences on legal issues facing high-technology companies. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College (BA Government). Before joining Thoits, Mr. Schwarz practiced in Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP's San Francisco office. His community involvement includes volunteer work as a mentor to high school students and service on the Community Counsel for the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula.

Mr. Van Vleck joined the firm as a member of its Litigation Group in 1998. His practice covers a broad spectrum of complex and commercial matters, including public and private-works construction, real estate, employment and intellectual property. A past member of the Santa Clara Bar Association's Board of Trustees, he currently serves on its Civil Litigation Practice and Professionalism Committees. Mr. Van Vleck is a graduate of Hastings College of Law and Stanford University (BA English). His publications include R.E.A.C.H., a monthly e-mail newsletter for real estate and construction professionals.

"It is with great pleasure that we announce the promotion of these two distinguished lawyers as Shareholders of the firm. Each has exhibited outstanding lawyering skills and sound business judgment in building their practices," said Terry Conner, chairman and CEO of Thoits. "Ken and Jake epitomize the strong personal character and commitment to excellence that has been a cornerstone from which the firm has built its reputation in the Palo Alto legal community over the past 55 years. We see their contributions as instrumental in our continued growth and commitment to provide excellent counsel to our clients."

About Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean

Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean has been a prominent member of the Palo Alto legal community for over 55 years. The firm is dedicated to providing high quality legal services to clients of all sizes.

Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean is located at 245 Lytton Avenue, Suite 300, Palo Alto, California, 94301, and can be reached on the World Wide Web at www.thoits.com.

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