Start-Up and Intellectual Property Lawyer
Seasoned Silicon Valley start-up lawyer with deep experience advising entrepreneurs and start-up companies from company formation to venture finance, technology development, intellectual property protection, deal and sales closings to M&A - with a successful track record of multiple successful terms sheets, large deal closings and exits. Extensive Silicon Valley network with strong relationships to VC firms for capital and business partners for customer base and alliances.
Binary Venture Partners
General Counsel, Director
Aug 2005 - Present
Counsel to Venture Capital Fund, advising software companies on the cutting edge of technology. Structured and managed VC fund; raised funding and provided legal, business development, commercialization and monetization guidance to start-ups in the Silicon Valley. Fund founded by ex-Google veterans. Act as "Outside General Counsel" to numerous start-ups.
Business Development Attorney
Jun 2004 - Jul 2005
Member of the Platform (OS) group’s strategic unit, which accounted for over 90% of company revenues
Handled sensitive outreach, relationship building, business development, licensing (in-out), agreement structuring and compliance matters with numerous small and medium enterprises
Outreach integral to anti-trust settlement between company and plaintiffs in Federal and State courts
Sep 2000 - May 2003
Responsible for general corporate transaction work, with prime responsibility for IP protection issues
Negotiate and drafting software licenses, including end-user license agreements
Tasked with licensing-in of technology and administration of company's technology partnership programs
Advise executives and contracts negotiators on legal and intellectual property issues
Competition Commission of South Africa
Jun 1999 - Jul 2000
Responsible for analysis, determination and disposition of complex mergers and acquisitions involving domestic and foreign companies. Drafted merger guidelines to direct attorneys and practitioners on implementation and interpretation of merger law, based on USDOJ guidelines. Conducted detailed analysis of proposed mergers and prepared cases against anti-competitive transactions.
Post, Kirby, Noonan & Sweat
Feb 1998 - Jan 1999
Worked on a variety of business litigation matters and transactions, including anti-trust and complex contract issues. Drafted memos, pleadings, discovery and other motions. Took depositions.