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Palo Alto, California 94301
The Palo Alto office of Skadden serves companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world, providing legal and business strategies critical to helping our clients remain globally competitive.
An impact player in Silicon Valley for more than 15 years, our clients rely on our experience structuring deals, our trial firepower and our reputation for providing exceptional services to resolve our clients’ most complex matters. Our approximately 70 Palo Alto attorneys draw on the global resources of one of the world’s largest law firms to efficiently serve companies of all sizes wherever they do business.
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Executive Compensation and Benefits
Julia Kazaks Recognized as a Leading Tax Controversy Adviser
Palo Alto tax partner Julia Kazaks was named a leading adviser for tax controversy matters by International Tax Review in its fifth edition of the Tax Controversy Leaders Guide.
Amy Park Honored With Leadership Excellence Award
Palo Alto litigation partner Amy Park received the "2015 Leadership Excellence in the Law Award" from the National Diversity Council for her "leadership, resolve and outstanding achievements" on behalf of her community and clients. The nonprofit National Diversity Council brings together the private, public and nonprofit sectors to advance multiculturalism and diversity.
Kenton King Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
Palo Alto corporate partner Kenton King was recognized as one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
James Brelsford Named to ‘IAM Strategy 300’
Palo Alto intellectual property of counsel James Brelsford was recognized for the second consecutive year in Intellectual Asset Management’s “IAM Strategy 300.” The publication recognizes 300 IP practitioners globally who were identified through client interviews and peer reviews as exceptional IP strategists.
Julia Kazaks Named a 'Top Woman Lawyer'
Palo Alto tax partner Julia Kazaks was named to the Daily Journal's annual list of the "Top Women Lawyers" practicing in California. The article focused on her work on behalf of Amazon.com, Radian Group Inc. and Mylan, Inc.
Carrie LeRoy Named a Silicon Valley ‘Woman of Influence’
Palo Alto intellectual property and technology counsel Carrie LeRoy was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s annual list of 100 “Women of Influence” in Silicon Valley. The annual accolade features women from a variety of professions who are “major influencers” and are “affecting change in their industries and their communities.”
James Brelsford Selected for Client Choice Award
Palo Alto intellectual property of counsel James Brelsford was selected for a 2015 Client Choice Award from Lexology and International Law Office. On the basis of nominations from corporate counsel, the award recognizes attorneys who "stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service."
Allen Ruby Receives Client Service Award
Palo Alto litigation partner Allen Ruby was among seven Skadden partners firmwide named as a 2015 "BTI Client Service All-Star," attorneys who stand out as "delivering the absolute best client service," according to a BTI survey.
Carrie LeRoy Recognized as a 'Legal Innovator'
Palo Alto intellectual property counsel Carrie LeRoy was named a winner of The Recorder's first-ever "Legal Innovators" awards, which honor original approaches to improving delivery of legal services to clients of all kinds. Ms. LeRoy was noted for her work in establishing "Know Your Rights and Know the Law: Sexual and Social Media Misconduct," a Palo Alto initiative under the firm's pro bono "Impact Project."
Sara Terheggen Named to ‘40 Under 40’
Palo Alto corporate associate Sara Terheggen was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal's "40 Under 40," an annual listing of rising Silicon Valley leaders. The article noted Ms. Terheggen's representation of Yahoo in selling a portion of its stake in Alibaba and her involvement with several leadership groups, such as the Vision 2020 Campaign for Equality and 100 Women in Hedge Funds.
Allen Ruby Recognized as 'Attorney of the Year'
Palo Alto litigation partner Allen Ruby received the "Professional Lawyer of the Year" award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association. The award is given to active, respected practitioners who are chosen by their peers as an example of unimpeachable character and who serve as an embodiment of the standards set forth in the Santa Clara County Bar Association Code of Professionalism and as a role model for other attorneys practicing in Santa Clara County.
Kenton King and Joseph Yaffe Recognized Among ‘Top 100’
Palo Alto partners Kenton King (corporate) and Joseph Yaffe (executive compensation and benefits) were recognized by the Daily Journal in its annual list of the “Top 100” lawyers in California. The publication noted Mr. King’s representation of Nokia Corp. in the $7.1 billion sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft Corp. and Mr. Yaffe’s representation of numerous high-profile executives in Silicon Valley.
Skadden Named ‘California Corporate Practice of the Year’
Skadden was selected by The Recorder as the “Top Overall Corporate Practice” in the publication’s “Corporate Practices of the Year” contest, which recognizes “the best transactional work done in 2013 by California-based teams.” The firm also was selected as a finalist in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets categories.
James Brelsford Named an 'Asia IP Expert'
Palo Alto intellectual property and technology of counsel James Brelsford was recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2014 edition of Asia IP Experts, in both the litigation and licensing/franchising categories. The publication ranks intellectual property attorneys practicing in Asia on the basis of recommendations from in-house counsel and other criteria.
Kenton King Named to LawDragon 's "500 Leading Lawyers" list
Palo Alto corporate partner Kenton King was recognized as one of "500 Leading Lawyers in America" by Lawdragon, which noted Mr. King's representations on behalf of Nokia Corporation, Steinway Musical Instruments, and Sumitomo Mitsui Corporation. As in past years, Skadden had more partners named to the list than any other firm.
Palo Alto Partners Named '2015 Best Lawyers in America'
Eight Palo Alto partners were named to the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America, which annually ranks leading attorneys on the basis of peer reviews and other factors: Jack DiCanio, Raoul Kennedy, Timothy Miller and Allen Ruby (Litigation); David Hansen (Intellectual Property); Julia Kazaks (Tax); and Kenton King and Leif King (Corporate and Securities).
Raoul Kennedy Recognized in Best Lawyers
Palo Alto litigation partner Raoul Kennedy, who has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1987, was named “San Francisco Insurance Lawyer of the Year” for 2014.
Skadden Recognized as a ‘California Powerhouse’ Law Firm
Law360 recognized Skadden as one of 20 “California Powerhouse” law firms for having “thrived in large measure by catering to the needs of burgeoning tech titans and by bridging the legal gap between East and West.”
Amy Park Honored With Diversity Award
Palo Alto litigation partner Amy Park was recognized by the California Diversity Council as one of California’s “Most Powerful and Influential Women” for 2014 at the fifth annual California Diversity and Leadership Conference. The California Diversity Council is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that champions workplace diversity and celebrates its impact on business and community.
Palo Alto IP Practice and Attorneys Ranked by Intellectual Asset Management
Skadden’s Palo Alto intellectual property and technology practices and partners were recognized in the 2014 editions of two Intellectual Asset Management publications. The Palo Alto IP practice was ranked in IAM Patent 1000, which identifies the top patent practices and practitioners in key jurisdictions around the globe based on submissions, peer reviews and client feedback. Recognized Palo Alto attorneys were James Brelsford and James Elacqua. Mr. Brelsford also was ranked in IAM Strategy 300, which recognizes 300 IP attorneys globally who were identified through client interviews and peer reviews as exceptional IP strategists.
Emily Lam Recognized as a ‘Top Women Lawyer’ by the Daily Journal
Palo Alto tax partner Emily Lam was named as a “Top Women Lawyer” in California by the Daily Journal, which recognized Ms. Lam’s tax practice successes on behalf of various clients.
Julia Kazaks Recognized as a 2014 ‘Woman of Influence’
Palo Alto tax partner Julia Kazaks was one of 100 Silicon Valley women profiled in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s annual “Women of Influence” supplement. The list features women from a variety of professions who are “major influencers” and are “affecting change in their industries and their communities.”
Emily Lam Named Among ‘Top 20 Under 40’
Palo Alto tax partner Emily Lam was selected by the Daily Journal for its annual “Top 20 Under 40” list, which profiled young California attorneys who have achieved notable legal successes, taken on leadership roles in their firms or communities, or otherwise distinguished themselves in their profession.
Palo Alto Corporate Deals Contribute to Top Ranking in Financial Times
Owing in part to several matters handled by the Palo Alto corporate team, including our work on behalf of SurveyMonkey and MIPS Technologies, Skadden was ranked as the No. 1 firm in the country for innovation in the legal sector in the Financial Times’ annual “US Innovative Lawyers” report. We are the first firm to receive this honor twice and have ranked as one of the top two firms all four years the report has been published.
Leif King and Kenton King Named Among the Daily Journal’s ‘Top 100 Lawyers in California’
Palo Alto corporate partners Leif King and Kenton King were recognized in The Daily Journal’s list of “Top 100 Lawyers in California.” The publication noted Leif King’s work on several notable and complex matters, including on behalf of SurveyMonkey LLC and Energy Solutions Inc., and Ken King’s representation of Dell Inc., MIPS Technologies Inc. and Steinway Musical Instruments Inc., among other matters.
Raoul Kennedy Named ‘San Francisco Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions — Defendants Lawyer of the Year’
Palo Alto litigation partner Raoul Kennedy, who has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1987, was named “San Francisco Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions — Defendants Lawyer of the Year” for 2013.
Allen Ruby Receives Best Lawyers Accolade
Allen Ruby was named Best Lawyers’ “2013 San Francisco Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar Lawyer of the Year.”
James Elacqua Named a Top California IP Lawyer by the Daily Journal
Palo Alto intellectual property litigation partner James Elacqua was recognized as one of the “Top IP Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal. The publication focused Mr. Elacqua’s complete defense verdict on behalf of Medtronic in a 2012 patent infringement case concerning stent medical devices.
Emily Lam Named a Silicon Valley ‘Woman of Influence’
Palo Alto tax partner Emily Lam was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s annual list of 100 "Women of Influence" in Silicon Valley. The list features women from a variety of professions who are "major influencers" and are "affecting change in their industries and their communities."
The Recorder Names Leif King Among Its 2013 'Attorneys of the Year'
Palo Alto Corporate partner Leif King has been named to The Recorder’s list of California’s 20 “Attorneys of the Year.” The publication highlighted Mr. King’s work on Yahoo! Inc’s $7.1 billion sale of a 20 percent stake in Alibaba Group Holding Limited, “a multistage, cross-border deal said to be the largest e-commerce M&A transaction in history.”
Leif King Recognized by California Lawyer as a 2013 ‘Attorney of the Year’
Palo Alto corporate partner Leif King was named among California Lawyer’s 2013 “Attorneys of the Year.” The publication, which noted Mr. King’s work on Yahoo! Inc.’s $7.1 billion sale of a 20 percent stake in Alibaba Group Holding Limited, annually recognizes attorneys whose work has had a significant impact on the law, an industry or the legal profession.
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