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Pamela Vavra

Pamela Vavra

Attorney at Law

Santa Clara
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Santa Clara University
School of Law
Pam Vavra spent 20 years working as an engineer in aerospace, defense, and nuclear energy, specifically developing software for vision systems and artificial intelligence research. Later, she founded and managed several non-profits, ran political campaigns for causes such as historic preservation initiatives and library funding, and co-founded a clinic to teach self-litigation to undocumented residents. More recently, Pam attended law school where she focused on intellectual property, internet and privacy law. In private practice since 2016, Pam provides both general counsel services and business consulting to tech startups and small… read more businesses.

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Santa Clara University School of Law


Feb 2018 - Present

Design and develop volunteer legal advising clinic to serve entrepreneurs in under-served communities using volunteer in-house counsel to advise entrepreneurs and mentor law students who conduct intake interviews.

Feb 2018 - Present


Volunteer Business Consultant

Nov 2017 - Present

Provide business consulting and mentoring to help entrepreneurs start or grow a business or nonprofit.

Nov 2017 - Present

Pamela C. Vavra Law Offices


Jun 2016 - Present

Provide legal services to startups and small businesses, including but not limited to: entity formation, board governance, shareholders agreements, M&A, HR policies and procedures, customer and vendor contracts, privacy policy, intellectual property asset protection, compliance program development.

Jun 2016 - Present

High Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara Law

Interim Managing Director

Sep 2015 - Jun 2017

Organized, developed and marketed educational and professional networking events; directly managed two specific programs: the In-House Counsel Institute and the Engineer to Patent Attorney Program; provided support to law students and external constituencies, including local law firms and major technology companies

Sep 2015 - Jun 2017

CA Superior Court

Judicial Intern

Sep 2013 - Aug 2014

Conducted legal research, drafted bench memos and statements of decision; analyzed trial transcripts and police reports.

Sep 2013 - Aug 2014

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