Timothy J. Harris

Partner | Palo Alto

tharris@mofo.com | (650) 813-5784 tharris@mofo.com
(650) 813-5784
Representing Silicon Valley startups and investors for over 20 years has armed me with a wealth of expertise in the customs, practices, and issues faced in building successful businesses.

Tim represents startup companies and investors in corporate and securities matters. In his company-side practice, he advises emerging growth companies from formation through acquisition or initial public offering in matters including capital raising, equity incentives, and technology development (including licensing, joint development, and technology transfer matters). In his investor-side practice, he advises angel, venture capital, and corporate investors in the analysis, structuring, and execution of investments. Tim employs a distinctively quantitative approach of modeling capital structures, financing scenarios, and liquidity events to help both entrepreneurs and investors analyze possibilities and understand the consequences of various transactions. Regardless of the size of company or transaction, Tim brings to bear the expertise of dozens of the Firm’s specialties for his clients.

Tim’s two decades of experience are focused on the technology sector, including consumer and enterprise software, e-commerce, financial services technologies, semiconductors, medical devices, consumer retail, and transportation.

Tim is the managing partner of our Palo Alto office. Tim founded our ScaleUp Speaker Series, an ongoing, nine-session series designed to educate entrepreneurs on the legal issues they will face over the lifetimes of their startups.

While at Northwestern University School of Law, he served as an associate editor of the law review and was elected to Order of the Coif.

A regular speaker at universities across the country, in 2012, Tim 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.

As a computer scientist prior to becoming a lawyer, Tim designed, programmed, and implemented software systems for clients in the financial services industry.

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  • Represented the SoftBank Vision Fund and SoftBank Group Corp. in several billion dollars of portfolio investments, including investments in Katerra, DoorDash, Cohesity, View, Opendoor, Plenty, Vir Biotechnology, Clutter, Lemonade, Creditas, and Berkshire Grey.

  • Represented Zoox, Inc. from inception, including over $750 million in venture capital financings.

  • Represented Treasure Data, Inc. from inception, including over $20 million in venture capital financings and its sale to Arm Holdings US, Inc.

  • Represented Reflexion Medical, Inc. from inception, including over $50 million in venture capital financings.

  • Represented Aeva, Inc. from inception, including over $45 million in venture capital financings.

  • Represented Serena & Lily, Inc. in over $50 million of venture capital and private equity financings.

  • Represented Atheer, Inc. since inception, including in over $30 million in venture capital financings, acquisitions of OnTheGo, SpaceView, and Flype and numerous strategic commercial transactions.

  • Represented Artivest, Inc. in its venture capital financings and its business combination with Altegris.

  • Represented Fever Labs since inception, including over $75 million of venture capital financings.

  • Represented top tier venture capital firms in dozens of portfolio investments, including Cota Capital, Blackbird Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Trinity Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, DBL Investors, Split Rock Partners, Orbimed, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, and Khosla Ventures.

  • Represented Everi (formerly known as Global Cash Access) (NYSE: EVRI), O2 Micro (Nasdaq:  OIIM), FortuNet (formerly Nasdaq:  FNET), SHFL Entertainment (formerly Nasdaq:  SHFL), and AeroCentury (NYSE American:  ACY) in their initial public offerings, United States Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, acquisitions, proxy solicitations, and going private transactions.

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