Amanda Galton is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies group. Her practice focuses on advising emerging growth companies and their investors.

Amanda’s practice primarily focuses on working with private companies on corporate legal matters, from advising at material stages of the corporate life cycle (formation, financing, and exits), to providing guidance and trusted governance advice on board, advisor, employment, separation, and other commercial matters.

Amanda has worked with companies and entrepreneurs in a number of industries including:

  • Financial technology and Impact Finance (ZestFinance, Angaza Design, Upstart Network, SunFunder, Tala);
  • Clean Tech, and Energy & Infrastructure (Fisker, Nelumbo, Accelergy Corporation, BrightSource Energy, Folsom Labs, Big Metal Additive, CMA CGM);
  • Food and beverage ( Perfect Day Foods, Masienda, Hampton Creek,, New Frontier Foods, Arable Labs, Global Food Scholar, i-Cultiver, Heat & Control, Landec);
  • Health and Personal Services (23andMe, StyleBee, eHealth Insurance); and
  • Community (Massdrop, Kettle Group, CareerLark, Neighborly).

Amanda also represents investors in making investments into high-growth companies, including representing publicly-listed global strategic investors such as Shell Technology Ventures, TOTAL S.A. and Intel Capital, as well as individual investors, nationally based venture funds and impact venture funds such as Imprint Venture Lab and ImpactAssets.

Amanda is an active member of Orrick’s Impact Finance Leadership, and in addition to her pro bono hours spent on the World Bank’s Doing Business project (focused on Afghanistan), and international development-focused work with companies such as the Institute for Transformative Technologies, Amanda has also had the fortune of being active in the TechWomen community as a cultural mentor and professional resource, working with emerging women leaders from the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. TechWomen is an initiative run by the U.S. State Department, to connect, inspire and empower women technology leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Amanda is also a Board member on CodeChix the non-profit corporation focused on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women engineers.

  • Additionally, Amanda has worked with publicly-listed companies such as eBay, SanDisk, Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks, leading and managing multi-firm and global legal and finance teams in conjunction with cross-border corporate and tax restructuring and post-acquisition integration projects.

    Prior to joining Orrick in 2007, Amanda was a corporate associate at the Menlo Park, California office of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, primarily working with young companies on corporate formation and financing matters.

    Before law and graduate school, Amanda spent over two years in Guinea, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer, working on community development and health education projects.