Attorney at Law
California at Berkeley Boalt Hall
School of Law
My experience includes advising startups on all aspects of their businesses, including entity formation, corporate governance, employment and compensation, and commercial agreements with customers and vendors.
I also have extensive transactional experience, which includes dozens of venture financings and M&A transactions. I have been on every side of these transactions, which range… read more from small seed rounds to $2B+ mergers.
- Corporate Dissolution
- Corporate Formation
- Delaware Incorporation
- Founders Agreement
- Operating Agreement
- Shareholder Agreement
- Other Business Formation Matter
- Convertible Note
- SAFE Document
- Securities Regulations
- Seed Financing
- Series Financing
- Stock Purchase Agreement
- Term Sheet
- Venture Debt
- Other Securities & Finance Matter
- Business Consulting Agreement
- Licensing Agreement
- Loan Agreement
- Marketing Agreement
- Non-Disclosure Agreement (Commercial)
- SaaS Agreement
- Sales Agreement
- Service Agreement
- Terms of Service
- Other Commercial Contract Matter
"Jonathan's breadth and depth of knowledge was apparent when working with him on a variety of topics, including my work with a prior startup and formation of an early stage venture fund where I am a partner. He clearly answered any questions I had and efficiently explained pertinent details of agreements and documents. Thoroughness is important in any counsel and I never worry that the job isn't complete when working with Jonathan."
Posted on Jun 19, 2017
"Jonathan has been amazing. He is prompt and thorough in the work he does, and always works quickly. He also, in a way I've found rare in lawyers, is able to both get the details right and zoom out to see the bigger picture. He did a great job with company formation, initial stock issuances, and commercial agreements. He's a strong business advisor, as well as a great lawyer."
Posted on Jun 19, 2017
Schwartz & Cera LLP
Jun 2017 - Present
I advise startups on general corporate matters and transactions and investors on venture financings and portfolio company exits. I also assist clients in basic business law matters such as employment and commercial contracts.
Nov 2015 - Jun 2017
Advise startup companies on entity formation, corporate governance, employment and equity compensation arrangements, commercial agreements, and financings ranging from $50K to $30M+.
Represent venture investors (including Microsoft Ventures) in financings.
Represent buyers and sellers in M&A deals (from $2M+ to $100M+), including sales to Google, Etsy, Microsoft, and private equity firms.
Sep 2015 - Nov 2015
Assist on various financing transactions and general corporate matters. Advise product and marketing teams on commercial agreements and compliance matters related to the company’s participation in the initial public offerings of First Data and Square. Review and negotiate vendor agreements. Conduct research and draft memoranda regarding compliance with broker-dealer regulations.
Associate (Business Development)
Jun 2017 - Aug 2015
Source, negotiate, and draft commercial agreements and partnerships to support consumer-facing product, including agreement related to:
-Inbound data licensing
-Outbound content licensing
-Paid marketing and traffic acquisition
Nov 2012 - Apr 2014
Variety of roles at a seed investment fund for education technology startups, including: reviewing corporate and legal documents for portfolio companies as pre-investment due diligence, assisting companies with formation matters and early-stage financings, compliance issues, and RFP/procurement processes. Evaluate hundreds of potential investments and conduct market research.
Sep 2011 - Aug 2012
Represented underwriters and issuers in public and private securities financings ranging from approximately $50 million to over $1 billion. Conducted legal due diligence and drafted transaction documents, public filings, and private offering memoranda. Represented public companies and private equity sponsors in buy-side M&A transactions up to $2+ billion in value.