White & Case announced Friday the firm is closing its five-year-old San Francisco office and focusing instead on building out its technology practices in Palo Alto.
“The future investment required in order to develop San Francisco into a full-service office would be more productively used intensifying our focus on developing tech, IP and patent litigation practices,” said Roger Cohen, a firm spokesman.
The status of the office’s nine partners, 11 associates and two counsel was being discussed, Cohen said.
While many of the lawyers in the firm’s Palo Alto office focus on IP, the San Francisco lawyers tend to practice in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, banking and energy.
William Coats, who heads the firm’s Palo Alto office, said some of the lawyers would come to work in Palo Alto and others might move to other offices, such as New York or London.