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Shehzad Huda

Associate, San Diego

shehzad.huda@dlapiper.comT +1 858 677 1405F +1 858 638 5005

I am an entrepreneur turned corporate lawyer. I helped grow a digital advertising agency from the dining room table to a company that generates millions in revenue and employees dozens of graphic designers, developers and sales personnel. I focus on representing startups in a wide range of industries and I work closely with my clients to help them create an infrastructure that is fundable and scalable.

While growing the digital advertising agency, I obtained a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California Irvine, a master's degree in biotechnology from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Southern California. During those years of juggling a grueling school workload and entrepreneurship, I acquired a work ethic that has stayed with me today. I pride myself on being available and responsive no matter what else I have going on.

Why startups? Because, deep down, I'm a tech-nerd, early-adopter, alternative-medicine-believing, Western-science-respecting, wannabe-futurist foodie-attorney. Need I say more?

Favorite reads: I frequently visit StrictlyVC, Engadget and TechCrunch. A couple of my favorite books right now are Fantastic Voyage by Ray Kurzweil, who is an acclaimed futurist and director of engineering at Google's X Lab, and Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore, which is just a fun fictional read that combines mystery, adventure and fantasy against the backdrop of San Francisco.

Why global firm? Simply stated - a global firm allows us to better serve our clients as they grow. Regardless of size or revenue, our startups are constantly engaging in business transactions with vendors, customers and developers overseas and having the global reach helps us ensure quality or service.

My passions: Besides entrepreneurship, I have a true passion for cooking. I am avid watcher of Chopped and the Youtube channel for SortedFood. I am always buying new gadgets for the kitchen, cooking up interesting fusions and practicing my plating.