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Spencer Gusick

Spencer Gusick

Experienced In-House Counsel

Berkeley
California
Licensed in
CA
The University of
Michigan Law
School
About
A veteran in-house attorney with experience at Facebook, Pandora, Microsoft, TiVo, Universal Studios, true start-ups, and top San Francisco law firms.

I have comprehensive expertise in the issues facing most tech companies: deep knowledge of Intellectual Property, Commercial Contracts, and Product Counseling, and a wide range of experience that includes Privacy, Data Security, Litigation, Marketing, Advertising, Media, Government Affairs, Regulatory, Finance, Human Resources, Securities and M&A.

I’m an inclusive, empathetic leader and teammate. I believe in a transparent, open environment that empowers everyone to do their best work.
24
Years
experience
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Work History

Facebook

Associate General Counsel

Dec 2012 - Dec 2015

Managed Notice and Takedown Program for Facebook and Instagram, with global responsibility over IP claims based on user-generated content.

Worked closely with cross-functional teams for product, gaming, public policy, sales, advertising, communications, engineering, security, and operations.

Worked with other FB lawyers regarding advertising, regulatory, product development, & transactions.

Dec 2012 - Dec 2015

Pandora

Assistant General Counsel

Dec 2011 - Dec 2012

Hired to be the #2 lawyer leading up to the IPO, created new processes covering a broad range of areas, including ad sales, intellectual property, data protection, privacy, content licensing, litigation, revenue recognition, compliance, and commercial transactions.

Supported the IPO process, as well as corporate, securities, international expansion, and employment.

Dec 2011 - Dec 2012

TiVo

Director Legal Affairs

Jan 2007 - Dec 2011

Created the legal and privacy framework for a newly-created viewer data and analytics SaaS product, working closely with business partners.

Supported sales and biz dev for major hardware and services partnerships with telcos, supported deals with advertising networks and content providers, supported sales and marketing, and advised on open source and other product development matters.

Jan 2007 - Dec 2011

Microsoft

Attorney, Law & Corporate Affairs

Jan 2004 - Dec 2007

Lead attorney for a business unit with $1B in annual sales.

Acted as mini-GC (product, biz dev and open source) for established cash cow products such as Office for Mac and MS Works, and for incubated products such as Surface computers, peripherals and various software and hardware consumer products.

Negotiated deals for Xbox game development, distribution, and merchandising.

Jan 2004 - Dec 2007

Universal Studios

Vice President, Intellectual Property

Dec 2002 - Jan 2004

Responsible for driving legal, technological and legislative initiatives that led to greater protection for the studio’s IP.

As Universal’s lead attorney for copyright and digital content protection, helped break long-standing gridlock by building consensus among different studios, and by advocating for mutually advantageous positions among the consumer electronics & information tech industry

Dec 2002 - Jan 2004

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