Stephanie Lynn Sharron and Tessa J. Schwartz
Mergers + Acquisitions, Technology Transactions, Electronics, Semiconductors, and Software
PALO ALTO (February 13, 2014) – Morrison & Foerster announced today that Stephanie Sharron, a leading technology transactions lawyer, has joined the firm as a partner in Palo Alto. For more than two decades, her practice in Silicon Valley has focused on technology and intellectual property transactions; the tech and IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions, asset spin-off transactions and private equity investments; and large services and sourcing arrangements.
"Stephanie is an accomplished technology transactions lawyer with a strong reputation in the Valley and nationally, which makes her ideally suited to join MoFo," said A.C. Johnston, managing partner of the firm's Palo Alto office. "She will complement our unrivaled technology transactions group and bolster the firm's ability to serve Silicon Valley technology and life sciences clients in their own backyards."
Ms. Sharron has represented companies across industries and technologies, including software, hardware, mobile, Internet, e-commerce, cloud services, big data, e-commerce, mobile, life sciences, financial and health IT, digital media, retail, automotive, cleantech and semiconductors, among others. She also counsels clients on privacy and data security issues in connection with those transactions.
"Stephanie's ability to support sophisticated M&A deals and to lead complex IP and commercial transactions will further expand our already robust and busy practice," said Tessa Schwartz, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's Technology Transactions Group. "She brings valuable and hard-to-find experience in technology sectors in which the firm has core strength and anticipates growth, particularly mobility, social media, big data, cloud computing, e-commerce, financial IT, and health IT."
"Morrison & Foerster has a longstanding reputation as a destination tech firm and I look forward to working alongside my new colleagues and contributing to the success of the firm," said Ms. Sharron. "The firm's Technology Transactions Group offers tremendous bench strength and it will provide a fantastic platform for my practice."
Ms. Sharron joins the firm from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe where she was co-chair of its Technology Transactions and Sourcing practice. Prior to joining Orrick, Ms. Sharron practiced at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for more than 15 years; as a partner there she representing emerging growth, private and public companies in strategic collaborations and alliances, mergers and acquisitions and licensing arrangements, among other technology-related transactions. She earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School and she received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
For many years, Morrison & Foerster has been recognized as one of the world's leading law firms handling complex technology transactions. In fact, the firm has been referred to as "probably the premier IT practice in the world" by Chambers and Partners. Morrison & Foerster has also been named the #1 Technology Law Firm by Vault Guide 2014 and the 2013 "Law Firm of the Year" in the United States in Information Technology Law by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers.
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