Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner is the product of the
2006 merger of San Francisco's Thelen Reid & Priest and New
York's Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner. For now, the
firm is still without an official headquartersrather than picking a
favorite, the newly merged firm appointed an office of the chair,
which includes Stephen O'Neal of the San Francisco office and
Julian Millstein of the New York office as co-chairs and Thomas
Hill of the Los Angeles office as managing partner of operations.
Such compromises notwithstanding, like many marriages, this one
apparently got off to a rough start: As the merger approached, the
firm lost 76 attorneysthe second-largest decline of any U.S. firm
in 2006. In 2007, the firm began to refer to itself for branding
purposes as simply "Thelen" (rhymes with "wheelin'").
It seems to have worked: Thelen reported that its firmwide
corporate and asset finance practices had an "exceptionally strong
year" of transactional work in 2007, advising on more than 150
deals valued at approximately $21 billion. Among these deals was
Thelen client Patriot Media Holdings' sale of New Jersey cable
television systems to Comcast Cable Communications Holdings, Inc.
for $490 million. In 2007, the firm's litigators scored a victory
for Celerity in its ongoing battle with its main rival in the
semiconductor industry, Ultra Clean Holdings. At issue were the gas
delivery systems used in fabrication equipment developed by
Celerity and UCT. Celerity claimed that UCT's Ultra Clean ripped
off the technology behind its patents, and in November 2007 a
federal judge in Northern California agreed, granting Celerity's
motion for a permanent injunction..