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O.C. BUSINESS PLUS | HEARD ON THE BEAT / SMALL BUSINESS

O'Melveny & Myers Pitch Their Tent in O.C.'s High-Tech Camp

March 24, 2000|MARC BALLON | Marc Ballon covers small business and entrepreneurial issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7439 and at marc.ballon@latimes.com

Law firm O'Melveny & Myers, positioning itself to take advantage of the high-tech boom, is setting up shop amid one of the largest concentrations of technology businesses in Southern California--the Irvine Spectrum.

The new Spectrum office, with about 2,500 high-tech neighbors, is scheduled to open early in April. It initially will be staffed by 10 attorneys but is expected to grow to 30 attorneys within the next two years, said O'Melveny partner Brett Williamson.

O'Melveny lawyers will help high-flying entrepreneurs raise money and protect their trademarks and patents, among other things, Williamson said.

The firm, which is based in Los Angeles, has an office in northern Virginia that is devoted exclusively to high-tech clients and is opening one later this year in the Silicon Valley. O'Melveny's Newport Beach location, which opened in 1979, will continue to operate as usual.

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