SILICON VALLEY – Silicon Valley lawyer Tom DeFilipps was named chair of
Covington & Burlington’s West Coast corporate practice group in September.
DeFilipps, formerly the managing partner of Sidley Austin’s
Palo Alto office, said he’s charged with expanding Covington’s West Coast
presence and assembling a team of lawyers to better serve the various tech and
start-up companies specifically in Silicon Valley.
“(Covington) figured if I could help my last firm grow its
presence in California, specifically in Silicon Valley, that I could help
Covington not only with my own practice but with other people who are of like
mind that want to grow something on the West Coast,” DeFilipps told the Northern California Record.
A California native, DeFilipps attended Stanford and worked
briefly for Judge Samuel Conti of the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of California before becoming a notable dealmaker in Silicon Valley.
He specializes in corporate formation, venture capital financings, public
offerings and strategic partnerships, among many other things.
He said he was drawn to businesses in Silicon Valley because
of the ever-changing landscape of technologies, ideas and industries coming in
and out. One thing he especially likes is being able to work with emerging
companies where he’s able to practice all parts of corporate law and meet
people in all stages and aspects of business.
“I love the kind of work that I do, and my practice has been
focused on companies that have interesting technologies and that are changing
the world,” he said. “It’s frankly what gets me up in the morning and gets me
excited about practicing law.”
At Covington, DeFilipps said he hopes to not only grow the
practice but become a powerhouse in the market and build a collaborative team
that help companies in California.
“A firm like Covington has such a strong reputation in areas
like regulated industries and international work, and the work they do for
companies in the life sciences areas and technology space – it dovetails nicely
into what we’re trying to do to grow the practice on the West Coast,” he said. “We’re
very optimistic about being able to do what it is we set out to do.”
He said while his first month at the firm has been a bit of
a whirlwind, everyone has been accommodating and excited about having
him on board.
“It has been hugely fun,” he said. “The firm has been
incredibly helpful with my integration and I can’t say enough positive things
about how well it’s gone.”
Leaders at the law firm said they’re excited to have
DeFilipps on the team.
“Adding Tom to our Silicon Valley office is a major step
forward in our plan for continued growth in California,” Covington chair
Timothy Hester said in September. “Tom has built a successful Northern
California corporate practice over many years and has a demonstrated track
record of building teams of lawyers in the competitive Silicon Valley market."