Perkins Coie Continues Bay Area Growth with New Commercial Litigation Partner


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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (December 29, 2015) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Patrick S. Thompson has joined the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice in the San Francisco office, where he will focus on class action and antitrust litigation work. Patrick’s move to Perkins Coie is the firm’s latest addition in the Bay Area, coming on the heels of Dana Hayter’s arrival earlier this month.

“Patrick’s significant success in antitrust, class action, and other complex litigation matters makes him a great addition to Perkins Coie,” said Joe Mais, Firmwide Chair of Perkins Coie’s Commercial Litigation practice. “He brings a depth of knowledge in the food, technology and hospitality industries that will enhance the firm’s litigation capabilities in the Bay Area and nationally.”

Patrick has spent more than two decades representing clients facing federal and state claims involving price-fixing and monopolization. His commercial litigation practice also includes defending class actions involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, false advertising and unfair business practice claims. Additionally, he represents clients in regulated industries, advocating for them in proceedings and evidentiary hearings before the Federal Trade Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Patrick was a partner with Goodwin Procter LLP.

“Patrick’s strong litigation practice mirrors his meaningful contributions to nonprofit community organizations in the Bay Area,” said Barbara Schussman, Managing Partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. “Patrick’s extensive experience in arbitrations, trials and summary judgment victories for sector-leading clients enhance our ability to provide the high level of counsel our clients expect from us. We are delighted to welcome him to Perkins Coie.”

A respected leader in the legal community at national, state and local levels, Patrick recently concluded a term as a presidential appointee to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight. He previously served on the Council of the ABA Antitrust Section and on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust, UCL Section of the State Bar of California. Patrick’s civic commitments are also notable: he is a member and former chair of the Board of Trustees of Grace Cathedral and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Conservatory Theater, both located in San Francisco. Patrick earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Perkins Coie has more than 400 litigation attorneys in offices across the country with extensive jury and bench trial experience in major state and federal jurisdictions and at every appellate level through the U.S. Supreme Court. The firm regularly represents clients in proceedings before a wide range of federal and state administrative agencies, such as state utilities and regulatory agencies and commissions, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and, in collaboration with foreign counsel, before administrative and judicial bodies in numerous other countries.

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie LLP has more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. The firm provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent startups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.

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