Our tech-focused advisors help founders and funders alike navigate legal complexities with a commercial-first mindset.
Our tech company-focused team comprises nearly 200 practitioners across 20+ markets worldwide. From successful (and failed) founders to serial entrepreneurs to sci fi and gaming nerds to ex-Olympic athletes and former GCs, our team has a wealth of backgrounds. We bring this holistic perspective to everything we do and work hand-in-hand with each other and our clients to achieve the best results possible.
I'm a thinker and a doer. I love to wrestle with problems big and small and devise action plans focused on practical solutions. I bring more than 25 years of experience in the high-growth tech ecosystem. My approach is driven by my experiences as both company founder and consumer of legal services, by my early years as a litigator, and by diverse experiences advising businesses at every stage, along with the executives, investors and advisors involved in those businesses. And at the end of the day, my goal is to deliver solutions at the intersection of good business judgment, common sense and the law. I am passionate about working with clients striving to make a positive impact in the world.
Clients I've worked with: Watershed | Certa | Mitra Chem | Sierra Space | Eversight | Threshold Ventures | iNovia Capital | TDK Ventures | Valor Equity Partners | Emerson Collective
The art of the possible!
The opportunity to collaborate with super talented, inspiring and innovative founders and investors to advance new technologies and businesses driving positive change in the world!
Nature: Because it serves as a constant reminder of the infinite beauty and resilience of our world. The ocean: Because its majesty and strength inspire me to keep in mind that anything is possible. My family: Because they challenge me to be better and remind me that nothing is more important than cherishing the people you love.
I am an identical twin!
The path to success is best navigated by always prioritizing preparation, confidence and common sense.
Over the past 20 years my consistent passion has been to advise and support high-growth tech companies and investors throughout their life cycle, from incubation to exit, and across different geographies and sectors. I have overseen hundreds of deals involving leading tech and fintech players in the UK, Europe, North America, and Asia, leveraging my deep industry knowledge, market insight, and relentless commitment to their success. I have also been recognized as a leading individual in several legal directories, including Legal 500, for my expertise and excellence in venture capital, M&A, emerging markets, and fintech.
Clients I've worked with: Scoro | Rossum | Many Pets | Salesforce Ventures | Bessemer Venture Partners
Working with people that challenge the status quo and have an impact drew me to this area of law. That plus, I am the ultimate deal junkie and I love the energy of a fast paced deal environment!
It is an absolute privilege working with dynamic, optimistic and energetic people who think about the world differently than the majority, challenging the world and themselves to make for a better place.
"The world belongs to the energetic!" is what one of my mentors, friends and favourite people always says and those are words that I live by to this day. Hard work and walking that extra mile is what defines me.
A baseball player (if I could actually play) or a great punk rock drummer (if I was any good) or a full time anthropologist (if only the world appreciated us (because I could count myself as a part time anthropologist now) more)!
A long country walk across the English countryside ending up in a small and old pub surrounded by my family and friends followed by Fulham FC winning the Champions League final @ Wembley (dare to dream)!
After more than 20 years in this gig, there are too many favourites! I have to say that there is a special place in my heart however for my clients and deals that are Nordic. Hard work and striving for perfection but at the same time having fun and displaying real humility!
Knowledgeable and practical advisor to venture capital firms and emerging growth technology companies from formation through exit on a variety of issues, including formation, venture capital financings, mergers & acquisitions, IPOs and other corporate and securities law matters.
Clients I've worked with: Contentful Global | Weave Communications | Stripe | Kapor Capital | All Raise
It's energizing to work in an industry that is all about innovation and to help investors and founders who are working to make that innovation possible.
I find inspiration in learning new things. I'm constantly trying to pick up new skills (currently learning to play the guitar and trying to level up my UTSA tennis rating) and love that I am always learning something new in my practice, whether it's about a new product from one of my clients or a novel legal issue presented by developments in technology.
I'd probably be a nurse or some other profession in healthcare. Prior to making the pivot to law, I was a pre-med undergrad and still find the science and caring aspects of medicine compelling.
Snowboarding our local mountain with my partner and kids.
I am a lawyer and trusted advisor to companies. I am also a co-founder of two YC-backed companies. I am passionate about scaling transformative ideas. I’ve been working with emerging companies and their investors for more than 30 years.
Clients I've worked with: Coatue | Dataiku | Numerous Y Combinator-backed companies | Solugen | Stripe | Twist Bioscience | Weights & Biases
Tech companies shape our future and I am inspired by working with founders who make the world a better place.
I’ve been part of the Silicon Valley ecosystem for a long time. I wanted to be a trusted advisor to founders and investors and provide practical and innovative advice to help them grow leading innovative companies.
Craig Johnson, who was the founder of Venture Law Group, was a visionary in innovating around the practice of law and showing what it means to be a trusted advisor to clients. I joined Venture Law Group early in my career, and Craig’s vision continues to influence the way I practice and interact with clients and colleagues.
I would spend more time helping San Francisco regain its prominence as the technology capital of the world and one of the world’s greatest cities to live in, work and visit.
I served as Mayor of the City of Cupertino and as a council member from 1993-1997, where I helped build important public partnerships, including with Apple Computer, the Mid-Peninsula Open Space Preserve, and San Jose and California Water Companies. I also love spending time with my partner, Pedro, and our two kids (Leo and Lucia), as well as mentoring my three older kids as they pursue their careers.
AI, legal technology and the nexus of the two.