Virtual Law Firm Seems to Be Vital

If you read our affiliated Web site Cal Law (and we sure hope you do), you might remember a 2004 story announcing the debut of Silicon Counsel [Westlaw subscription required]. Billing itself as a virtual law firm, four-lawyer Silicon Counsel promised big-firm quality work at small-firm rates.

Two years later, things seem to be going well. On Sept. 14, Silicon Counsel will receive the California Minority Counsel Program’s client services award at CMPC’s annual conference at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco.

Partner Tony Paikeday says the firm has benefited from working with clients like PG&E, Safeway subsidiary Blackhawk Network and “a wide range of emerging technology companies.” The firm focuses on Internet transactions, IP licensing, technology services agreements, M&A and securities work.

The firm has shrunk from four to three partners, but Paikeday says Silicon Counsel is actively recruiting laterals.

Other CMCP award winners this year are Foley & Lardner (Drucilla Stender Ramey Law Firm award) and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. (John Essex & Guy Rounsaville In-House Counsel Diversity Award).

— Scott Graham

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