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Timothy J. Harris

Harris, Timothy J.


Palo Alto, (650) 813-5784


Princeton University (A.B., 1991)
Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1997)

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Mr. Harris is the Managing Partner of the Palo Alto Office and a partner in the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Group. He specializes in representing startup companies and venture capital firms in corporate and securities matters.

In his startup practice, Mr. Harris advises emerging growth technology enterprises from formation through acquisition or initial public offering in matters including venture capital financing, debt financing, equity incentive compensation, and technology development (including licensing, joint development, distribution, and other technology transfer matters). He also represents venture capital firms, strategic corporate investors, and angel investors in their investments in startup companies.

Mr. Harris specializes in modeling complex capital structures, financing scenarios and liquidity events, helping entrepreneurs and investors analyze possibilities and understand consequences of various transaction structures. Mr. Harris represents startups and investors in a variety of technology sectors, including consumer and enterprise software, financial services technologies, wearable computing, semiconductor design, medical device, consumer retail and transportation industries.

Mr. Harris founded the firm’s Startup Speaker Series, which educates entrepreneurs on the legal issues they will face over the lifetimes of their startups.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Harris designed, programmed, and implemented software systems for clients in the financial services industry.

Mr. Harris was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif at Northwestern University School of Law.

Mr. Harris was named the Richard H. Holton Teaching Fellow by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012.

Serena & Lily, Inc.'s Venture Financings
Represented Serena & Lily, Inc. in over $50 million of venture and private equity financings.
Reflexion Medical, Inc.'s Venture Financings
Represented Reflexion Medical, Inc. in over $30 million of venture financings.
Atheer, Inc.
Represented Atheer, Inc. in over $10 million of venture financings, the acquisition of OnTheGo Platforms and numerous strategic commercial transactions.
Artivest, Inc.
Represented Artivest, Inc. in over $10 million of venture financings.
Treasure Data, Inc.
Represented Treasure Data, Inc. in over $20 million in venture financings.
Cassatt Corporations Venture Financings and Acquisition
Represented Cassatt Corporation in over $100 million of venture financings and its acquisition by CA, Inc.
Sutter Hill Ventures
Represented Sutter Hill Ventures in venture financings of Right Hemisphere Inc., GlassDoor, Inc., Xoft, Inc. and Satmetrix Systems, Inc.
Trinity Ventures
Represented Trinity Ventures in venture financings of Uptake Networks, Inc. and Kixeye, Inc. and OneJackson, Inc.
Split Rock Partners, OrbiMed Advisors and Prospect Venture Partners
Represented investors in over $50 million venture financings of DFine, Inc.
Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc.
Represented Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc. in venture financings of Solaria Corporation, Virident Systems, Inc., Redwood Systems, Inc., Kaltura, Inc., MoBeam, Inc. and OpenX Software Limited.
Sequoia Capital
Represented Sequoia Capital in venture financing of Mixpanel, Inc.
Khosla Ventures
Represented Khosla Ventures in over $ 20 million of venture financings of Danotek Motion Technologies, Inc., and undisclosed amount of venture financing of Incredible Labs.
Global Cash Access (NYSE: GCA) Public Offerings and Acquisitions
Represented Global Cash Access in its $225 million initial public offering and its $164 million follow-on public offering, and its acquisitions of Certegy Gaming Services, Western Money Systems and MCA Processing.
FortuNet, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: FNET) Public Offering, Going Private and Acquisition
Represented the underwriters of FortuNet, Inc in its initial public offering, represented FortuNet, Inc. in its subsequent going private and represented FortuNet, Inc. in its acquisition of the assets of GameTech International, Inc.
SHFL entertainment (Nasdaq: SHFL)
Represented SHFL entertainment in its aborted acquisition of Ongame Network Ltd.