Head of Silicon Valley IP Transactions Group Joins Greenberg Traurig

This week, international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP added Joshua H. Walker as a shareholder in the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice. Walker was previously the leader of Simpson Thacher’s IP Transactions Group in Palo Alto, and will now be practicing in Greenberg Traurig’s Silicon Valley and Austin offices.

“Josh’s addition to Greenberg Traurig is a true embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit so strongly encouraged at the firm,” said Chuck Birenbaum, chair of the firm’s offices in Northern California. “He is one of the first lateral hires recruited via Facebook messenger, where Josh reached out to Ian Ballon directly to learn more about the firm’s atmosphere and what it’s like to split time between two offices.”

“I have known and respected Josh for years through Stanford. When Josh messaged me on Facebook for advice about what it would be like working in two cities, I immediately suggested he meet some of my colleagues in Silicon Valley and Austin because I knew that Josh would be a great fit at the firm,” said Ian Ballon, a shareholder in the firm’s Silicon Valley and Los Angeles offices. “His legal experience, combined with his business experience, including previously serving as a founder and general counsel at a successful technology start-up, will certainly enhance our IP Practice in both Austin and Silicon Valley.”

Walker handles all aspects of IP transactions and strategy, from patent and cyber/trade secret to copyright and trademark. He has extensive experience in IP M&A, strategy, licensing, and other complex technology transactions, particularly open source and IP risk analysis (e.g., data rights and privacy, patent valuation, complex open source compliance and remediation). Walker’s client base includes leading technology companies and financial institutions.

Walker is also considered a pioneer in using hard IP data to help improve transactional, litigation, and business outcomes. A co-founder of the first law and computer science lab in the United States, at Stanford University, Walker previously architected and led the successful spin-off of leading “big data analytics” platform, Lex Machina, Inc., which provides legal intelligence to companies, law firms, and governments all over the world.

“As a highly regarded technology, IP, and open source lawyer, we look forward to having Josh join our team,” said Bill Goines, managing shareholder of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. “His technical, legal, and business background will not only greatly complement the group, but also benefit our clients.”

“Clients increasingly need us to be entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary, to combine legal art with business acumen, and to solve problems,” said Walker. “Having known Ian and Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property Practice for over a decade, I am confident that this is the right place to meet that client need, and I am keen to put my shoulder to the wheel.”

Walker earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his A.B., magnum cum laude, from Harvard College.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice

With more than 180 intellectual property attorneys and agents, Greenberg Traurig provides a broad range of patent, trademark, and copyright protection and strategic counseling. Greenberg Traurig was named a “National Tier 1” Law Firm for IP Litigation, Patent Law, Trademark and Information Technology Law by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, 2013 “Best Law Firms Rankings” in November 2012. The firm was also named a “National Tier 2” Law Firm for Copyright Law, Patent Litigation and Technology Law by U.S. News and Best Lawyers, 2013 “Best Law Firms Rankings” in November 2012.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from 37 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is among the “Power Elite” in the 2014 BTI Client Relationship Scorecard report, which assesses the nature and strength of law firms’ client relationships. For additional information, please visit http://www.gtlaw.com.

Contact: Coral-Mary Southam | southamc(at)gtlaw(dot)com | 310-586-7717

Zumper.com Joins the MRI VaultWare Apartment Content Syndication Network

Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) April 28, 2015

MRI Software, a global leader of property and investment management solutions, has added Zumper.com to the MRI VaultWare syndication partner program, giving mutual clients the ability to enhance and automate Zumper.com advertisements within the MRI VaultWare Apartment Marketing and Reservation System. When an MRI VaultWare client opts to add MRI VaultWare’s functionality to their Zumper.com advertisement, apartment hunters are provided with the ability to check current apartment availability, request to hold a specific available apartment, and even find out if they are qualified to rent from the community with MRI VaultWare’s integrated pre-qualification feature.

MRI Vaultware Apartment Marketing and Reservation solutions provide consumer-centric apartment marketing, leasing, and market analysis capabilities focused on delivering an ideal online shopping experience that results in streamlined operations, highly qualified leads, and more leases. The software features automated content updates, including current pricing availability pulled directly from their property management or revenue management system, which results in consistent content across the client’s MRI VaultWare-powered online advertisements. In fact, more than 15 million apartment hunters use MRI VaultWare to help them find their perfect apartment every year.

Zumper is a mobile-focused Internet Listing Service (ILS) that allows free apartment and house marketing for every US building, property manager, and landlord. Over 70% of the millions of renters on Zumper send messages via mobile, with a heavy focus from iOS and Android apps, which have been featured in the App Store and Play Store, respectively. Zumper has over one million monthly searches, with heavy adoption among millennial renters.

“Zumper is excited to add MRI VaultWare to our multifamily listing syndication network,” said Zumper CEO Anthemos Georgiades. “Our free-to-market model allows MRI VaultWare clients to get real-time access to our mobile-focused renters through the MRI VaultWare feed. We look forward to the partnership with MRI VaultWare and their clients.”

Zumper is the latest company to join the MRI VaultWare content syndication network, a robust and high-quality collection of the best and most frequented ILSs in the industry. MRI VaultWare clients can elect to have MRI VaultWare enhance their Zumper.com advertisement by navigating to the “ILS Selection” on the MRI VaultWare Control Panel.

For more information about the MRI VaultWare Reservation System as well as the entire lineup of MRI VaultWare Apartment Marketing solutions, please visit http://www.mrisoftware.com/vaultware-products.

About MRI Software

MRI Software LLC is a leading provider of innovative software solutions for the global real estate industry. MRI delivers a comprehensive and truly configurable solution, from property-level management and accounting to the most complex, long-range financial modeling and analytics for both the commercial and multifamily real estate markets. As a leading provider of real estate enterprise software applications and hosted solutions, MRI leverages over 40 years of business experience to develop long-term successful relationships with its clients. Originally founded in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., the company has offices in Toronto, London, Sydney, Singapore, and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit http://www.mrisoftware.com.

About Zumper, Inc.

Zumper, based in SoMa, San Francisco, is the fastest growing ILS in the country with millions of renters using its search platform, http://www.zumper.com . Zumper, a team of 20, has raised $ 8.2 million in venture capital, most recently a $ 6.5 million Series A round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (February 2014).

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