Pillsbury’s Dianne Sweeney, a skilled commercial and technology trial lawyer and former President of the Santa Clara Bar Association, has been appointed Managing Partner for the firm’s Silicon Valley Office.

Sweeney leads the Silicon Valley Litigation team, representing clients on complex business issues in federal and state courts as well as before administrative panels. Her experience in complex corporate transactions and litigation proceedings encompasses merger, shareholder, joint venture and earnout disputes in California and Delaware; antitrust cases; contested property tax assessments and trade secret claims. She also provides risk management assessment and strategic litigation counsel to emerging businesses, especially clients in the high-tech sector.

“As office managing partner, Dianne will be instrumental in ensuring the ongoing success of our Silicon Valley office,” said Firm Chair David Dekker. “Her passion and tremendous energy will be invaluable to the local team as they continue to deliver outstanding results and outsized value for clients across a number of sectors and practices.”

Pillsbury’s Silicon Valley office provides counsel to a range of clients, from emerging companies—the Fortune 500 companies of tomorrow—to large public companies and major institutions. Lawyers in the office have executed cutting-edge legal work for hundreds of Silicon Valley success stories and understand the unique challenges and opportunities facing emerging growth companies. The firm has extensive experience in corporate transactions including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial and corporate arrangements, securities litigation and intellectual property law. Our attorneys have also successfully worked with high-net-worth individuals, including entrepreneurs and business owners, on their personal wealth transfer, estate and charitable planning needs.