Vinson & Elkins opened an office in San Francisco today, to complement the office it opened in Palo Alto in January 2010.
“We would expect the two offices would work in close coordination to each other. There’s some synergies to being in the local market,” says Mark Kelly, chairman of the Houston-based firm.
He says the San Francisco office will focus on antitrust, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property work and white-collar crime defense.
Litigation partner Matthew Jacobs relocated from the Palo Alto office to San Francisco, and Kelly says a number of associates have also moved to the firm’s newest office. Jacobs did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
The firm didn’t set up shop in San Francisco for any particular client, he says.
“It was more looking long term and looking in terms of where we want to be to expand our national litigation,” he says.
The San Francisco office is the 16th for the firm. V&E currently has six lawyers in Palo Alto.
— Brenda Sapino Jeffreys