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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 almost 20 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
James Elacqua Recognized as IP Leader
Palo Alto intellectual property litigation partner James Elacqua was recognized for the second year running in World Intellectual Property Review's WIPR Leaders, which features profiles of the leading IP practitioners in the areas of patents and trademarks.
Emily Lam Recognized as Leading Tax Adviser
Palo Alto tax partner Emily Lam was recognized as one of the world’s leading tax advisers in the 2016 Tax Advisers Expert Guide.
IAM Patent 1000 Recognizes Palo Alto IP Practice
Skadden’s Palo Alto intellectual property practice and attorneys were recognized in the 2016 edition of Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000, which identifies the top patent practices and practitioners around the world based on submissions, peer reviews and client feedback. Recognized Palo Alto attorneys were partner James Elacqua and of counsel James Brelsford.
Nathan Giesselman One of '40 Under 40'
Palo Alto tax partner Nathan Giesselman was named to the Daily Journal's list of California's leading "40 Under 40" attorneys.
California Corporate Group Receives 'Corporate Department of the Year' Awards
Skadden's California corporate practice was recognized in three categories — more than any other law firm — as part of The Recorder's biannual "Corporate Department of the Year" contest, which recognizes the firms that handled the most innovative and significant corporate matters in the prior year. Skadden's California team was a finalist in the "Overall" category and took top honors in the "U.S. M&A" and "Technology Transactions" categories. In addition, Palo Alto partner Kenton King was recognized with a "Trusted Advisor" award, which honors individuals whose engagements have demonstrated that clients seek them out for their strategic insight into particular industry sectors.
Emily Lam Named a 'Top Woman Lawyer'
For the third time, Palo Alto tax partner Emily Lam was named one of California's "Top Women Lawyers" by the Daily Journal, which recognized Ms. Lam's successes handling tax matters on behalf of various clients.
Nathan Giesselman Named a 'Tax Rising Star'
Palo Alto tax partner Nathan Giesselman was named one of Law360's "Tax Rising Stars" for 2016. The accolade honors attorneys under age 40 who have distinguished themselves in representing clients in complex tax matters.
Palo Alto-Based Deal Team Recognized With CLAY Award
The team that guided Broadcom Corporation through its $37 billion acquisition by Avago Technologies (the largest-ever semiconductor deal) was awarded a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award by the Daily Journal. The CLAY Awards annually recognize California attorneys whose work has had a significant impact on the law, an industry or the legal profession. In a March 16 article describing the deal, the publication recognized Palo Alto attorneys Kenton King, Leif King, Jason Tomita, Barry Chang, Joseph Halloum, Sonia Nijjar, Charles Rogerson and Naoko Watanabe, corporate; Carrie LeRoy, intellectual property and technology; Nathan Giesselman and Su Da, tax; Anne Villanueva, labor and employment; Amy Park and Rick Horvath, litigation; and Joseph Yaffe and Kristin Davis, executive compensation and benefits.
Alessandra Murata and Sara Terheggen Are 'Women of Influence'
Palo Alto executive compensation and benefits counsel Alessandra Murata and corporate associate Sara Terheggen are among 100 women included in the Silicon Valley Business Journal's "Women of Influence" list, which recognizes women who have "blazed trails" in education, energy, finance, law and technology.
Raoul Kennedy and Team Receive 'Top Verdict'
Of counsel Raoul Kennedy, along with counsel James Schaefer and associates William Casey and Pramode Chiruvolu, received a "Top Verdict" accolade from the Daily Journal for a plaintiffs' verdict they won on behalf of a class of more than 3,000 sitting and retired California state judges in Robert M. Mallano v. John Chiang (Los Angeles Superior Court).
Jack DiCanio Recognized as Leading Investigations Attorney
Palo Alto litigation partner Jack DiCanio was one of 11 Skadden attorneys named to Who's Who Legal Investigations' 2016 list of the world's leading investigations attorneys. As in past editions of the book, Skadden had more attorneys listed than any other law firm.
Three Palo Alto Attorneys Named 'Client Service All-Stars'
Corporate partners Kenton King and Leif King, along with litigation of counsel Allen Ruby, were named 2016 "BTI Client Service All-Stars" — those who stood out with corporate counsel as "delivering the absolute best client service," according to a BTI survey.
Kenton King Recognized as a 'Technology MVP'
On the strength of his deal work in the technology and semiconductor sectors, corporate partner Kenton King was named one of the country's three "Technology MVPs" by Law360.
Sara Terheggen Receives Award From the University of Oregon
Palo Alto corporate associate Sara Terheggen was selected by the University of Oregon to receive its 2015 "Outstanding Young Alumni Award." The award honors alumni under age 46 who have demonstrated "outstanding professional achievement and personal dedication to their community." In five years, only two other graduates have received the honor, which is awarded only when the university is aware of highly deserving alumni who have demonstrated exemplary levels of success and community involvement.
James Elacqua Named a 'Litigation Star'
Palo Alto intellectual property litigation partner James Elacqua was named a "Litigation Star" in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation. The rankings publication includes attorneys who were recommended by clients and peers as highly reputable and effective litigators.
Kenton King and Allen Ruby Among 'Top 100'
Five California partners were named to the Daily Journal's annual list of the "Top 100 Lawyers" in the state, including Palo Alto partners Kenton King (corporate) and Allen Ruby (litigation). Skadden had more attorneys on the list than any other law firm, nonprofit or other entity.
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 2015 edition of Asia IP Experts. The publication ranks intellectual property attorneys practicing in Asia on the basis of recommendations from in-house counsel and other criteria.
Palo Alto Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers
Nine Palo Alto attorneys were named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America, which annually ranks attorneys on the basis of peer reviews and other factors: Jack DiCanio, Raoul Kennedy, Timothy Miller and Allen Ruby (Litigation); James Elacqua and David Hansen (Intellectual Property Litigation); and Kenton King, Leif King and Gregg Noel (Corporate). In addition, Kenton King was one of 11 Skadden attorneys firmwide to be named one of Best Lawyers’ 2016 “Lawyers of the Year.”
Gregg Noel Recognized as a 'Leading Attorney'
Palo Alto corporate partner Gregg Noel was recognized as a leading attorney for capital markets work in the 2015 Banking, Finance and Transactional Law Expert Guide.
Sara Terheggen Among 'Women Leaders in Tech Law'
Palo Alto corporate associate Sara Terheggen was named to The Recorder’s list of “Women Leaders in Tech Law.” The honorees were selected based on their recent achievements as litigators, dealmakers, advisers and strategists in the tech industry, as well as in leadership roles at their organizations or in the legal community. Ms. Terheggen was the only associate on the list.
Emily Lam Recognized as Leading Tax Adviser
International Tax Review named Palo Alto tax partner Emily Lam to its first edition of its Women in Tax Leaders Guide (August 2015).
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 and technology 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.
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 and technology 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 and technology 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); 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.
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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