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Richard Friedman

Of Counsel, Los Angeles

richard.friedman@dlapiper.comT +1 310 595 3055F +1 310 595 3415

I help emerging technology and life sciences companies navigate their legal needs from formation to exit and everything in between, including financings, licenses, commercial agreements, IP protection, employee arrangements and other matters that affect the cap table or corporate governance. I also represent investors that finance emerging growth companies.

I’ve worked in a variety of business and legal roles in my career, which have included serving clients as a corporate partner at a Silicon Valley firm and hiring other attorneys as in-house general counsel. I have also been the head of licensing for two major universities. That perspective, together with an MBA, enables me to provide clients with solution-oriented legal advice. I do my best to demystify complex topics and provide my clients the framework they need to make good business decisions.

I’ve been teaching a transactional skills course at USC Gould School of Law since 2015 to get new lawyers started on the path to becoming effective transactional counsel.

Why startups? There is nothing more exciting than taking an idea from zero to one . . . and beyond.

Recommended reads: Some of my favorite reads from the last few years: Moneyball, Outliers, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Born to Run and The Founding Brothers. I recommend Disciplined Entrepreneurship to my startup clients. I recommend The Startup of You to my law students.

Garage to global: Having worked in a variety of different roles, I really appreciate how easy it is to tap substantive experience within DLA Piper from Silicon Valley to across the country and around the world as needed by my clients.

Passions: Time with family and friends, outdoors, learning, new ideas.

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