Charlotte law firm Parker Poe expands into Atlanta

Charlotte law firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein has stretched its legs outside of the Carolinas. The firm announced that it has opened a new office in Atlanta, which is their first office outside of North or South Carolina. The office has a current residence, but the firm plans to move to a bigger office in the spring. This is the firm’s sixth office overall.

“Our increased presence across the Southeast positions us well to serve these global businesses,” said Thomas Griffin, Parker Poe’s managing partner. “We are poised for further success and growth in Atlanta, the Carolinas and beyond in the coming year.”

As part of the new office is a new team joining the firm, many coming from fellow law firm McGuire Woods, starting with new partner Robert Florence. Aloes joining from McGuire Woods are team members Karen Carroll, Michael Binns, Brian Parker, Kimberly Cacheris, and Crystal Regan. They will also be joined by litigation partner Todd Sprinkle who was previously based in Parker Poe’s Charlotte office.


Amherst-based HoganWillig law firm opens satellite office in Ellicottville

New York law firm HoganWillig had a desire to expand their firm, particularly into Cattaraugus County, so they have opened a new satellite office in Ellicottville. This will be HoganWillig’s 6th overall office, joining their main office in Amherst along with additional office in Lancaster, Lockport, and Buffalo.

The idea for opening an office in Ellicottville came from a lack of attorneys in the area and was presented to HoganWillig by attorney Barb Nuchereno, who bought a home in Ellicottville 80 years ago and says there is a really impressive real estate market there. “I’m very good friends with some of the realtors in Ellicottville and other people because I’m here on a regular basis,” she said. “One of the realtors came to me and said, ‘we don’t have enough attorneys.’” So Barb went to Hogan, who she had previously worked for the idea of opening a new office.

The firm really sees this as a great opportunity to expand in western New York and has the resources and connections to really do well there. According to Barb a lot of people usually have to go outside of Cattaraugus County and the surrounding areas to find an attorney in a particular area of practice, but now they won’t have to. With 40 attorneys practicing in six areas and 60 support staff, HoganWillig offers a huge resource for the entire area.

“We’re thankful for the welcome we’ve received in the community and we’re very excited about what we can do in Ellicottville,” said managing partner Diana Tiveron. “Barb had a vision for that and we are happy to see what we can do.”


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to Open Boston Office

California law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that it is expanding and opening a new office in Boston, which will open in February. The reason for the new office is to serve growing areas in life science, technology, energy, and others.

The Boston office will be the firms 10th office in the U.S. and its 15th worldwide. “Boston has been an attractive market for us for many years and we’re fortunate to have a significant and growing client base located there,” said Chairman Larry Sonsini. “The city is home to extraordinary growth enterprises; brilliant scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs; world-class universities and financial institutions; and remarkable legal and professional talent. It’s also one of the largest venture markets in the country and it’s a place we must be.”

“There’s no question that it is one of the leading life sciences markets in the world, which is why we are so excited to be a part of the Boston community,” said Vern Norviel, who leads the firm’s patent and innovations practice and focuses on representing clients in the life sciences industry. The new office will be run by partners Dr. Lou D. Lieto and Mark R. Fitzgerald, who will both move from the firm’s Washington D.C. office. The will also be joined by new partner Mark C. Solakian, who joins after recently serving as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Bedford, Massachusetts-based Joule Unlimited Technologies, Inc., a global biofuels company.

The firm has a long history in the life science department and has now grown to include more than 140 attorneys, patent agents, and scientific advisors. The firm was recently named one of Law360’s 2015 “Life Sciences Groups of the Year” and was ranked first in the inaugural Life Sciences Law Firm Index published by litigation finance firm Lake Whillans.