Morrison & Foerster last week named Daniel Westman as the first managing partner of its Northern Virginia office. Westman says the move reflects the growing strategic importance of the office and its intellectual property practice.
Established at the height of the tech boom in 2000, the office has grown to about 50 lawyers and survived the ups and downs of the technology sector “when many offices of other firms have shrunk or closed,” Westman said.
Westman, a litigation partner and co-chair of the employment and labor group, aims to “keep the office on its growth trajectory, focusing on our core areas of IP and trials.”
He takes over from Alan Cope Johnston, who previously managed both the Northern Virginia and Washington offices but will now focus solely on Washington.