I'm a business lawyer seeking to blend an understanding of substantive law – and the public policy that is supposed to be advanced by those laws – with common sense to offer practical solutions to business problems. My clients come to me with vision and passion, and I collaborate with them to focus and direct that creativity and energy into profitable enterprise.
I grew up in Minnesota, where I acquired a Midwestern work ethic and desire to be helpful from my parents, a teacher and a registered nurse working in lower income urban communities. Those instincts shape my approach to client service today. Stanford Law School developed my analytical skills, and a motorcycle I bought during my third year helped me explore the extraordinary economic and natural environment of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. After a rewarding judicial clerkship, I started my career at our firm in 1997. The dynamic, challenging and rewarding work that I do for technology companies and their investors has kept me engaged ever since.
Why startups? I enjoy working with entrepreneurs because I feed off of their enthusiasm, admire their dedication and am amazed by their innovative thinking – and I get to be their partner in shaping the future.
Favorite reads: I enjoy the Venture Capital Journal for events and trends in the industry, but also like to click around TechCrunch.com for opinions and commentary.
Why a global firm? Our entrepreneurs don't think about changing their neighborhoods; they think about changing the world. They don't use resources available to them within driving distance; they look for talent, capital and strategic support from all over the globe. We're waiting for them when they need us, and offer not just correct legal advice but a sense of the market and how things really work in other places.
My passions: While I enjoy historical fiction, playoff hockey and white water rafting, I spend most of my free time with my wife and three daughters, coaching basketball, soccer and softball, strolling through the Pleasanton farmer's market and mining for gems at the public library.