The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced that William Sloan Coats has joined its Silicon Valley office as a shareholder in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice.

Coats, a prominent trial attorney, focuses on complex intellectual property matters involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secret disputes for the software, hardware, computer, electronics, entertainment and movie industries.

“I am looking forward to working with the talented attorneys at Greenberg Traurig. I was attracted by the firm’s unique combination of a very robust global intellectual property practice and an internationally-recognized entertainment practice. This powerful collection of resources will offer my clients access to an expanded team with a broad-based skill set and a global geographic reach,” said Coats.

Heather J. Meeker, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Silicon Valley office, said, “Bill is an exceptional addition to the Silicon Valley office and our intellectual property group and an example of the firm’s ongoing effort to attract the best talent available in the legal marketplace.”

“Bill’s broad experience with a diverse client base will further enhance our already substantial intellectual property practice,” said Matt Gorson, President of Greenberg Traurig. “Bill also brings additional depth in the area of patent law, a high-growth area for both business and technology clients. His experience will be a great asset as we continue to strategically grow our California offices. We are thrilled to welcome him to the firm.”

“We are thrilled to have Bill join our IP Litigation team,” said Alan N. Sutin, Chair of the firm’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group. “Bill’s experience litigating a wide range of complex intellectual property matters makes him a great asset to help us serve our technology clients in Silicon Valley, the state of California and beyond.”

Coats was appointed by the U.S. government to the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business Task Team on Intellectual Property Rights and Related Issues in 2008. He holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and a B.A. from the University of San Francisco.

Coats is the newest addition to the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. Recent high profile litigators to join the firm include, Dr. Jonathan David Ball, Kate Hutchins, Richard Pettus, and Joshua L. Raskin in New York, Rick Taché in Orange County, Ross Spencer Garsson and Lance Anderson in Austin and Kakoli Caprihan in Washington, D.C.


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