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Stephen B. Thau

Thau, Stephen B.


Palo Alto, (650) 813-5640
Washington D.C., (202) 887-1571


Harvard University (A.B., 1989)
Stanford Law School (J.D., 1994)

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District of Columbia

Stephen Thau has been recognized as one of the top biotech attorneys in California and now splits time between our offices in Washington D.C. and Palo Alto. His practice focuses on the representation of life science, medical device, health IT and other technology companies in transactional matters, including merger and acquisition, licensing and collaborations, strategic alliances, public offerings, and equity and debt financings. He also represents venture capital and investment banking firms in public and private financing transactions. He has represented companies in numerous public offerings, public and private M&A transactions, and collaboration agreements, and companies and investors in over 100 venture capital and debt financing transactions.

Mr. Thau is a member of the Board of BayBio, Northern California’s leading life science association. He is a frequent speaker on venture capital financings and served on the faculty at the 2005 and 2007 Emerging Entrepreneurs workshops at Stanford University. Mr. Thau is recommended as a leading lawyer by PLC Which lawyer? 2011, Best Lawyers in America 2013, Chambers USA 2014, and Legal 500 US 2013 and 2014. He was named to the Daily Journal's inaugural list of 25 leading biotech lawyers in California, in 2011 and was recognized as a “Life Sciences Star” by LMG Life Sciences 2013.

Mr. Thau re-joined Morrison & Foerster in 2008 after having practiced corporate law for ten years at Venture Law Group and Heller Ehrman LLP. Mr. Thau began his legal practice as a litigator at Morrison & Foerster, focusing on securities and intellectual property. He also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California. He graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School, where he was managing editor of the Stanford Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in Biology.