Silicon Valley; San Francisco
Stephen Venuto, a partner who works out of both the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, is a member of the Technology Companies group. His practice focuses on advising high-growth technology and media companies and their founders, advisors and investors.
Steve was Facebook’s first lawyer and is widely recognized as
one of the leading startup lawyers in the country. The American Lawyer recently named him “Dealmaker of the
Year”, recognizing his corporate work and representation of Instagram in its
sale to Facebook, and quoting a prominent board member as saying that Steve “is
an outstanding lawyer, but he’s also an outstanding business partner . . . [He]
is someone who cares about everybody [who’s] involved in a company.” In
September of 2013, the Daily Journal named
him to its list of Top 100 Lawyers in California. In February of 2014, the Daily Journal named him to its inaugural
Top Emerging Companies Lawyers list.
Numerous standout technology companies and their founders have
turned to Steve for representation including Asana, Bleacher Report (sold to
Time Warner), Facebook, Instagram (sold to Facebook), Mailbox/Orchestra (sold
to Dropbox), Ooma, Pinterest, ResearchGate and Quora. He also works with new
media companies including Brit & Co., Full Picture Productions (executive
producer of Project Runway), Say Media, U2, Upworthy and Zuckerberg Media.
Steve provides general corporate legal counseling and represents companies at
all stages of their life-cycle.