Palo Alto

755 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1018
P (650) 813-5600
F (650) 494-0792
Managing Partner: Timothy J. Harris

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Our Palo Alto office is at the epicenter of Silicon Valley, one of the world’s most dynamic economies. For more than three decades we have helped shape this evolving economy, serving as trusted legal advisors and business partners to its leading companies and investors. Whether advising emerging companies through development, counseling large-scale corporations through the operation cycle, or helping companies mitigate risk in high-stakes litigation, our attorneys work with clients to navigate complex legal and business issues. Our core competencies and specialization in a wide variety of new and emerging technologies don’t simply align precisely with the region’s economic focus; we also look for other ways to serve as strategic business advisors to our clients. In this capacity we work closely with our offices in Asia and Europe to help overseas investors realize the opportunities that Silicon Valley offers.

Our corporate attorneys offer comprehensive services to companies ranging from emerging to large-scale. We represent clients in numerous technology segments, such as Internet, semiconductors, hardware and software, telecommunications, medical devices and technology, and biotech. Our work for companies spans the entire development and operation cycle, from the organization and initial financing of private start-ups, through subsequent equity and debt financing rounds, to liquidity events such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), financing transactions, joint ventures, and public offerings. Our practices in labor and employment, real estate, privacy, and technology transactions – including licensing and other commercial agreements – allow us to provide a full suite of comprehensive and integrated legal services to these companies throughout their growth. Our M&A practice includes domestic M&A transactions for both private and public companies, as well as complex cross border transactions. We also routinely advise newly formed and well-established public companies regarding their SEC filings, public disclosure, corporate governance, and executive compensation matters.

Our corporate attorneys also provide comprehensive offerings to venture capital and private equity investors. This typically includes assistance in both forming and organizing funds and in representing funds and other investors in making, expanding, restructuring and monetizing investments.

Our litigation practice helps companies identify potential areas of legal exposure and manage associated risks, while defending against litigation challenges and effectively managing complex disputes whenever they arise. We offer a full range of business litigation and appellate representation, with particular emphasis on private securities class actions, derivative actions, enforcement proceedings and white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, complex commercial litigation for companies, and officers and directors. Our intellectual property (IP) litigation group is actively engaged in patent and trade secret litigation for technology clients.

Finally, our patent practice provides prosecution and counseling advice to inventors, investors, and companies developing and using biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical device, clean technology, chemistry, nanotechnology, electronic, semiconductor, electromechanical and software technologies.

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