New York, NY (June 16, 2005) Heller Ehrman LLP today announced the add…

New York, NY (June 16, 2005) Heller Ehrman LLP today announced the addition of Martin H. Levenglick as a shareholder in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Levenglick joins Heller Ehrman from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where his practice was focused upon the representation of venture-backed early stage and emerging growth companies and included the disciplines of venture capital, private equity and mergers and acquisitions, , principally on behalf of venture capital funds, strategic investors and corporate acquirers.

“The New York area venture capital market and corresponding level of entrepreneurial activity is continuing to rebound.. Adding Martin, a seasoned practitioner who is well-respected in both New York and on the West Coast, will enhance our already strong market position,” said Joseph T. McLaughlin, Office Managing Shareholder and Chairman of Heller Ehrman’s New York office. “Combining Martin’s experience and strength with our Venture Law Group makes us an even more formidable force in the venture capital world.”

Mr. Levenglick earned his B.A. in political science (first class honours) in 1976 from McGill University and his J.D. in 1979 from New York University School of Law. Upon graduation, Mr. Levenglick joined O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell LLP where he became a partner in 1985. In 1997 he joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as a senior corporate partner, and during the course of his tenure there was co-head of the New York corporate group and a member of the firm’s corporate department leadership team. Throughout his career, Mr. Levenglick has been a recognized expert in the representation of start-up, early stage, emerging growth and high growth public and private companies, as outside general counsel or as special transactional counsel, particularly in the media, software, technology, and life sciences sectors.

“Heller Ehrman is truly committed to growing and supporting both the New York office and the firm’s emerging company practice,” noted Mr. Levenglick. “I’m looking forward to uniting my clients and contacts with the Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group to help grow the firm’s New York corporate practice. I am thrilled to be joining forces with one of the nation’s pre-eminent firms that supports a world-class emerging company and venture capital law practice, and offers young companies and their financiers a powerful combination of depth and breadth of expertise, industry experience and broad geographic reach,” he added.

Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group is one of the premier emerging technology practices in the country. With more than 100 attorneys throughout the United States and in Asia, Heller Ehrman VLG combines senior-level counseling and extensive industry knowledge to help emerging technology companies grow and prosper. We work in partnership with clients to build and represent deal-intensive emerging growth companies, both public and private, as well as with the venture capital and investment banking firms that support them.

We provide emerging companies with focused business and legal advice from incorporation through initial public offering, merger and beyond. We concentrate on general corporate counseling, venture financing, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, technology transactions, employment, executive compensation and tax. We possess relationships with the nation’s leading venture capital investors and investment banks and are among the leaders in structuring and negotiating venture capital financings, PIPE transactions and public offerings. We play an active role in bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and investment banking firms. Many of our attorneys have backgrounds in computer science, the life sciences, engineering, mathematics, market research, accounting and finance. And, as our clients grow and mature, they can benefit from the power of Heller Ehrman’s nationally recognized corporate and litigation practices to solve all of their legal and business problems.
Some facts about Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group:

· Represents more than 400 venture-backed private and public technology companies;
· Consistently rank among the top law firms in venture financings, according to Dow Jones VentureSource;
· Market leader in initial public offerings for life sciences and technology clients.

Heller Ehrman’s New York office, which has over 90 attorneys, recently moved into new offices in the landmark Times Square Tower and currently represents financial institutions, professional service firms and Fortune 500 companies, including VISA U.S.A, Ernst & Young LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Philip Morris USA, Washington Mutual, GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corp., Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs and Allen & Company, LLC.

Heller Ehrman LLP has more than 720 attorneys and professionals in 12 offices worldwide – Anchorage; Beijing; Hong Kong; Los Angeles; Madison, WI; New York; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley, Singapore; and Washington, D.C. As a full-service law firm, we represent a wide range of industry leaders, from entrepreneurial, technology-driven enterprises to established, multinational conglomerates. At Heller Ehrman, we take a multidisciplinary approach to the practice of law, drawing upon our legal, scientific and industry knowledge from across the firm to build the best legal teams for our clients. Through commitment to our core values of Excellence, People, Teamwork, Innovation, Community and One Firm, we offer clients unparalleled legal service.

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