Leading Litigator Christopher Hockett Joins Davis Polk's Menlo Park Litigation Practice

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Davis Polk & Wardwell today announced that Christopher B. Hockett has joined the firm as a partner in the Menlo Park office. Mr. Hockett will practice in the firm's litigation group, and will handle a broad range of commercial and antitrust matters. He joins Davis Polk from Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he was a partner in the San Francisco office and former head of the firm's litigation practice.

This move adds important senior leadership to our growing Menlo Park litigation practice

    Mr. Hockett, 48, has established a national reputation representing clients as lead counsel in complex commercial litigation matters, including antitrust and unfair competition disputes, patent litigation and consumer class actions. In addition, he has counseled and represented clients in connection with government investigations and the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions. His clients have included leading technology and telecommunications companies such as AT&T, Cingular, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Oracle and T-Mobile. He also has represented industry-leading firms in a variety of other sectors, including financial services, media, entertainment, manufacturing and health care.

"This move adds important senior leadership to our growing Menlo Park litigation practice," said John R. Ettinger, Managing Partner of Davis Polk. "Chris is a highly respected 'go to' litigator for high-stakes matters in California and elsewhere around the country. With his skills, experience and dedication to client service, Chris is a great fit and a natural addition to our partnership. We are extremely pleased to have his talents at Davis Polk."

"Davis Polk is a world class law firm with superb lawyers and great institutional values," said Mr. Hockett. "I am delighted to join the firm and its preeminent litigation practice. The Davis Polk Menlo Park office has been an extraordinary success story and has made a significant impact in Silicon Valley. It is exciting to be a part of its further growth."

Mr. Hockett has authored numerous publications on antitrust matters and is a frequent speaker on trial advocacy, intellectual property, competition and other litigation issues. He has been recognized numerous times in Chambers and other publications as a leader in his field. He holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA from the College of William & Mary.

Davis Polk's Menlo Park office, founded in 1999, combines the firm's traditional strengths in transactional, advisory and litigation work with an in-depth understanding of the unique attributes of technology companies. Davis Polk clients include Silicon Valley startups and established global technology companies, as well as the world's largest financial institutions and a number of the leading private equity firms. The Menlo Park office consists of 55 lawyers, including 15 partners and 2 counsel. Davis Polk has represented prominent companies in Silicon Valley and around the world in a range of commercial, antitrust, and securities litigation matters, as well as in high-stakes intellectual property litigation and in connection with internal and government investigations. Matters recently handled by the firm's 19 Menlo Park litigators have included stock options-related investigations, shareholder class action and acquisition-related litigation, antitrust disputes, consumer class actions, patent litigation and Lanham Act disputes. Davis Polk also has been involved in many of the largest and most notable recent mergers and acquisitions transactions and securities offerings involving technology companies.

About Davis Polk & Wardwell. Davis Polk & Wardwell is a global law firm based in New York City. For nearly 160 years, its lawyers have advised industry-leading companies and global financial institutions on their most challenging legal and business matters. Davis Polk ranks among the world's preeminent law firms across the entire range of its practice, which spans such areas as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, credit, litigation, private equity, tax, investment management, insolvency and restructuring, executive compensation, intellectual property and real estate. The firm has approximately 700 lawyers in offices in New York, Menlo Park, CA, Washington, DC, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo.

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