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Our tech-focused advisors help founders and funders alike navigate legal complexities with a commercial-first mindset.

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Mike O'Donnell

For forty years I have been helping founders start and grow companies in the life science space. I have extensive experience with spin-outs, angel and venture financings, drug development project funding, strategic collaborations, technology licensing, acquisitions, and public offerings. I enjoy solving complex problems by coming up with innovative solutions combining business judgment developed over the years with awareness of key legal issues.

Clients I've worked with: Cassava Sciences | Auris Surgical (acquired by J&J) | SFJ Pharmaceuticals | Blackstone Life Sciences | Lux Ventures | Illumina

Contact me Partner, Silicon Valley [email protected] +1 650 614 7439
  • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

    Helping founders build companies that are curing life threatening diseases.

  • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

    I would be head coach of a Division 1 college lacrosse team. I played undergrad at Bucknell, was an assistant coach at Harvard and was the first coach of the Gunn High School team in Palo Alto. I still play in summer league trying to keep up with the youngsters and play with people closer to my own age in tournaments such as Vail.

  • What is your ideal weekend?

    A three hour mountain bike ride followed by a cold IPA!

  • What's the best advice you've ever received?

    A good plan executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.

    Jake Ornstein

    Jake Ornstein

    I represent start-up founders and high-growth technology companies, as well as venture capital and other private equity funds. I have broad experience working closely with clients building and investing in a wide range of technology sectors and supporting these clients on core corporate and transactional matters, including financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate formation and governance matters.

    Contact me Partner, New York [email protected] +1 212 506 5296
    • What inspires you about working with tech companies?

      The founders and teams from our tech company clients -- it's incredibly inspiring to watch firsthand as they push the envelope to develop solutions to incredibly complex sets of problems.

    • What inspired you to become an emerging companies and venture capital lawyer?

      I've always had an interest in supporting clients as they navigate and seek solutions to their most critical legal issues, which are often found at the intersection of legal and business workstreams. This is what initially drew me to working with clients in the emerging companies and venture capital ecosystem. As lawyers working with clients in this space, we have a unique window into their businesses and operations, which is not only exciting given what our clients are building, but also allows us to provide comprehensive business-minded solutions to their most pressing legal challenges.

    • Where do you find inspiration in life?

      Spending time with my wife and three daughters.

    • If you weren't a tech lawyer, what would you do?

      I love working in the tech ecosystem, so, if I weren't a tech lawyer, it would be fantastic to help start a company or work on the investment side of a VC fund.