DLA Piper Continues Expansion of San Diego Office with Addition of Partner Beni Surpin

Surpin Joins DLA Piper’s Technology, Sourcing and Commercial Group

(San Diego) November 2, 2011 – DLA Piper announced today that it has brought in Beni Surpin as a partner in its San Diego office. Surpin is joining DLA Piper’s Technology, Sourcing and Commercial group, and the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology and Corporate practices. Prior to joining DLA Piper, Surpin was a partner at Sheppard Mullin where he led the Intellectual Property, Technology and Commercial Transactions group, and the firm’s China IP team.

Surpin focuses his practice on representing international and domestic companies in the wireless, telecom, healthcare, medical devices, life sciences, aviation, automotive and high-tech industries on legal and business issues relating to intellectual property, technology and commercial transactions. He handles a wide variety of agreements for clients around the globe, including licenses, outsourcing, manufacturing, supply, distribution, services, clinical, collaboration, public/privately funded research and development, technology acquisitions, formation of joint ventures and other strategic partnerships and alliances.

Surpin also counsels private and public companies on managing intellectual property disputes and protecting, maximizing and transferring their IP portfolios.

“Beni brings a very versatile practice that is the perfect complement to our firm’s global platform,” said Vincent Sanchez, global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Technology, Sourcing and Commercial group. “This includes working closely with both public and private clients on a variety of complex high tech, life sciences and outsourcing transactions – areas where we expect continued growth.”

Surpin’s arrival follows on the recent addition of nationally recognized real estate securities lawyer Darryl Steinhause, who joined DLA Piper’s San Diego office earlier in October.

“Beni’s arrival is the latest step in the firm’s objective to strategically expand our platform in San Diego,” said Robert Brownlie, managing partner of DLA Piper’s San Diego office. “He brings strong cross-border experience that’s critical to our clients today which will benefit a variety of our practices here, led by our Intellectual Property & Technology and Corporate practices.”

Surpin earned an LLM from Cambridge University and a BA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. He is also fluent in Portuguese, Hebrew and French.

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Brian Kiefer, Media Relations, Greentarget, 312.252.4113

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