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LeClairRyan Announces Atlanta Expansion, Adds Two Partners

Privacy, Data and Cyber Security Practice Significantly Enhanced

To further support its client-driven business strategy, the law firm of LeClairRyan has announced its expansion into Atlanta today, under the leadership of former Troutman Sanders partners John P. Hutchins and Christopher A. Wiech. As the office leader, Hutchins will oversee the ongoing operations and growth of the firm’s Atlanta office.

“LeClairRyan is focused on adding exceptional talent to enhance our firm’s increasing capabilities. Our growth strategy is driven by a single goal – to meet the ever evolving needs of our clients,” said LeClairRyan Chief Executive Officer David C. Freinberg. “Executing on our commitment to our client-driven strategy, we have significantly increased our presence in the Northeast and recently opened offices in Houston, Texas and Sacramento, Calif. With this opening in Atlanta, we are further expanding our national footprint and we look forward to continuing our growth in the Southeast.”

Hutchins focuses his practice on information technology, intellectual property, and privacy and data security, as well as commercial litigation and various types of transactions. He has particular experience in matters involving computer hardware and software development projects, government procurement, protection of trade secrets and proprietary business information, trademark and copyright infringement, and breach of fiduciary duty. He also counsels clients on complex technology transactions and regularly advises clients on corporate policy matters and regulatory compliance issues involving the internet, e-commerce, cloud computing, privacy, data, and cyber security.

“We are excited to join LeClairRyan and to spearhead the firm’s efforts in expanding their presence in the Atlanta market,” said Hutchins. “By joining a first-generation firm that manages to a clear strategy aimed at understanding and serving the full spectrum of client needs, we are able to provide our clients with an opportunity to realize even greater value while not sacrificing the depth and breadth of representation in a wide range of transactional and litigation services across the country.”

Wiech focuses his practice on business disputes involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, copyright and trademark infringement, false advertising, or other business torts and statutory claims. He also counsels corporate clients on intellectual property licensing, privacy and data security, and records management.

While LeClairRyan evaluates its options regarding permanent office space, the Atlanta team will operate out of short-term, leased space.