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Alston & Bird

August 22, 2011 12:30 ET

Veteran IP Litigator Steve Hemminger Named Partner-in-Charge of Alston & Bird's Silicon Valley Office

SILICON VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2011) - The international law firm Alston & Bird LLP today announced that Steve D. Hemminger, a senior litigator in the firm's Intellectual Property Group, has been named Partner-in-Charge of its Silicon Valley office. Mr. Hemminger has been a partner in the office since its founding.

"Our Silicon Valley office has been very successful -- both in and out of court -- at protecting our clients' intellectual property interests. Steve's leadership and experience have proven instrumental in meeting the needs of our clients both domestically and abroad. He has established himself as an invaluable presence within the firm," said Richard Hays, managing partner of Alston & Bird. "Beyond his work as a talented trial lawyer, Steve has proven himself to be an effective leader, and embodies the core tenets of the firm. I am confident that our Silicon Valley office will continue to blossom under his stewardship."

"We strive first to provide the highest quality of legal service to our clients," said Mr. Hemminger. "In order to do that, we have added talented and experienced lawyers to our Silicon Valley office. I very much look forward to continuing those efforts in the years to come."

Alston & Bird's Silicon Valley office has doubled in size in recent years, representing national and international clients, offering the firm's California clients the full breadth of services and expertise that Alston & Bird has to offer. Attorneys in the Silicon Valley office focus on procuring and protecting a broad range of intellectual property rights for clients involved in all aspects of high technology, pharmaceutical and life sciences. Alston & Bird's Intellectual Property Group placed first among IP practices in Corporate Counsel's 2010 annual report on who represents Corporate America. Silicon Valley partner Yitai Hu was named on the San Francisco Daily Journal's Top Intellectual Property Lawyers list for 2011; Mr. Hu was recognized for his work successfully representing Elan Microelectronics Corp. against Avago Technologies Ltd. The Silicon Valley office also represents clients in commercial litigation, products liability, securities and corporate governance litigation matters. The firm's Securities Litigation Group was recently highlighted in an independent study as among a select group of standout firms preferred by clients in the United States for securities litigation.

Alston & Bird maintains three California offices: in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Ventura County.

About Alston & Bird

With 800 attorneys, Alston & Bird is a leading international AmLaw 50 firm. The firm's core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses in health care, financial services and public policy. The firm has built a reputation as one of the country's best employers, appearing on FORTUNE magazine's ranking of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" 12 consecutive years, an unprecedented accomplishment among law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, Silicon Valley, Ventura County and Washington, D.C.

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