Mintz Levin Hires Morrison & Foerster Corporate Pro

June 20, 2018

AMERICAN LAWYER

By Xiumei Dong

Scott Stanton, a former head of the corporate practice at Morrison & Foerster, has joined Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo as a partner in San Diego.

After spending 14 years at Morrison & Foerster, corporate lawyer Scott Stanton has switched Am Law 100 firms, joining Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo as a partner in its corporate and securities practice in San Diego.

Stanton, who started at Mintz Levin on June 15, said he will bring his expertise in M&A matters, securities offerings and corporate governance affairs to the firm’s growing West Coast offices.

“Mintz has already developed one of the largest offices in San Diego over the last 10 years, and the focus is on growth in California,” Stanton said. “I like that a lot. I think there is a great opportunity to take it even bigger in California.”

Stanton had previously served as chair of Morrison & Foerster’s global corporate practice from 2010 to 2013. Over the years, he has worked on more than 100 deals, ranging from less than $5 million to nearly $4 billion, in industries such as biometrics, defense, financial services, life sciences, manufacturing, medical devices, semiconductors and software.

“Scott is well known in both California and nationally for the depth and breadth of his corporate experience and the thoughtful counsel he provides to an impressive range of clients,” said a statement from Mintz Levin managing partner Robert Bodian, who recently presided over a record year for gross revenue and partner profits at the firm, whose roots are in Boston. “The reputation he has built complements our standing in the legal and business community, making him an ideal fit for the firm.”

Mintz Levin’s San Diego office, which opened in 2006, now has approximately 60 lawyers. Since the mid-2000s, the East Coast firm has been focusing its expansion efforts westward by shifting its attention on the intellectual property-rich technology and biotechnology hubs in San Diego and Silicon Valley.

Mintz Levin’s San Diego office, which opened in 2006, now has approximately 60 lawyers. Since the mid-2000s, the East Coast firm has been focusing its expansion efforts westward by shifting its attention on the intellectual property-rich technology and biotechnology hubs in San Diego and Silicon Valley.

As part of its push into California, Mintz Levin set up shop in Palo Alto in 2006 after acquiring the Reed Intellectual Property Law Group, a local IP boutique. Mintz Levin later relocated its Silicon Valley lawyers to a new San Francisco office in 2012, a move that saw the firm hire Paul Churchill, the former head of Goodwin Procter’s Bay Area base, to build out that outpost.

Scott Stanton

In Southern California, Mintz Levin recently expanded its Los Angeles office by doubling its square footage at the iconic Century Plaza Towers, a lease that will help the firm accommodate a growing team of lawyers, which expanded from three to 12 in less than two years.

“We could be bigger here in San Diego, but we already have pretty significant resources here,” said Stanton, Mintz Levin’s latest Golden State hire.

The partner at Morrison & Foerster, a firm he joined in 2004 after more than a decade at DLA Piper predecessor Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, said he was particularly attracted to Mintz Levin because of the firm’s “diverse practice offering,” including a well-established life sciences group.

“I love the opportunity to sell different practice areas to all these companies I work with,” said Stanton, noting that his client base is spread across a variety of industries in Southern California.

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