McDermott Names Pankit J. Doshi Office Managing Partner for San Francisco and Silicon Valley


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery announced the appointment of employment partner Pankit Doshi as Office Managing Partner for the Firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. In this role, Pankit will lead the Firm’s Bay Area’s continued strategic growth and serve on the Firm’s Management Committee.

“The Bay Area is all about innovation and creativity—and achieving fantastic success as a result. We are so proud of how our local team embodies this spirit and know that Pankit will continue to accelerate our tremendous growth in the region,” said Ira Coleman, McDermott Chairman. “He brings such extraordinary talent and genuine warmth to all that he does—both for our clients and our team members—and we are thrilled for him to take on this role.”

Pankit succeeds Bill Gaede in this role, a California-based IP partner who was recently took on the role of global lead for the Intellectual Property practice.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to advance both our brand and our business in the Bay area,” said Pankit. “Bill did a terrific job laying the groundwork for success—including staking the Firm’s claim in the San Fransisco market. I plan to build on that foundation by ensuring we’re equating our clients’ success with our own, providing meaningful mentorship and professional development opportunities to our team, and helping our local community thrive. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues around the world to make McDermott a partner and employer of choice in the Bay area.”

Pankit is an accomplished labor and employment partner and litigator, representing employers in a variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, transportation, retail, financial services and telecommunication. His practice focuses on preventative counseling and representing companies in high stakes litigation in both state and federal courts through trial and appeal, including on issues related to unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, restrictive covenant enforcement, whistleblower complaints and wrongful termination. Pankit also regularly defends employers in complex wage and hour class action and representative actions around the country. He has been at the forefront of COVID-19 counseling and response efforts, playing a critical role on the Firm’s pandemic response and trade secrets sub-groups.

From 2017 to 2018, Pankit served as President of the 50,000+ National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, one of the largest bar associations in the country.

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