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Duane Morris Launches In Silicon Valley, Veteran IP Litigator Karineh Khachatourian Heads New Office

14765_180180234165_735417_nSilicon Valley’s bustling community of businesses adds a new company to its growing roster as Duane Morris LLP opens its 24th office in Palo Alto, California, it was announced yesterday (January 3). The firm’s mission with the new Silicon Valley-based office is to provide more efficient and direct service to clients throughout Silicon Valley and enhances its capabilities in California and nationally.

Heading the charge of the new location is veteran IP litigator Karineh Khachatourian. Khachatourian, who makes the move from from K&L Gates LLP, will serve as managing partner of the new office. She will be joined in the new Palo Alto office by Patrick S. Salceda, also from K&L Gates LLP.

“Our expansion into Silicon Valley is an exciting opportunity for us,” John Soroko, Duane Morris Chairman, said in a statement. “Duane Morris lawyers will now be able to work from an office close to our clients, supported and augmented by our lawyers based throughout California and more broadly throughout the firm. Karineh Khachatourian brings to Duane Morris a stellar reputation, established relationships with local companies and proven skills as an IP litigator. We look forward to working with her to achieve future growth in Silicon Valley.”

Duane Morris’ expansion into Silicon Valley will undoubtedly help to shake some of the death buzz it received this summer when Yammer founder and CEO David Sacks said “Silicon Valley as we know it may be coming to an end” in a much talked about Facebook posting. Silicon Valley is home to some of the largest tech-driven companies in the world. Notable Fortune 1000 businesses like Apple, Inc., Google, Yahoo!, eBay, Adobe and more have offices in or are headquartered in Silicon Valley.

“I’m excited by the potential Duane Morris represents here,” Khachatourian said. “The firm’s entrepreneurial culture, technical know-how and drive to find innovative solutions for clients match up well with the character of Silicon Valley. I am also pleased to be joined by the other Duane Morris lawyers on the West Coast and elsewhere, and look forward to collaborating closely with them.”

About Duane Morris: Duane Morris LLP, a global law firm with more than 700 attorneys in offices across the United States and around the world, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges. For more information, please visit

Author: Stacey


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