Andrew Sparks is Of Counsel in the SOMA office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on representing fast-growing emerging technology companies and the entrepreneurs who build them. Over the course of his legal career, he has advised scores of entrepreneurs, helped build hundreds of start-ups, and been involved in financing transactions with an aggregate value of tens of billions of dollars. He has a broad range of experience in venture capital financings and corporate matters, including counseling founders in starting new businesses, capitalization structures, fundraising, strategic issues, negotiations with investors and acquirers, and other legal matters. He has worked for technology companies across a spectrum of industries including fintech, artificial intelligence, SaaS, robotics, IoT, security, crypto, cleantech, and digital health.
Andrew has represented hundreds of private companies and venture capital investors in venture capital financings, including transactions led by Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, Andreessen Horowitz, New Enterprise Associates, Menlo Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Norwest Venture Partners. In addition, his corporate experience includes transactions involving Autodesk, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Skype, Tesla, and Slack.
Andrew regularly gives presentations on start-up issues and venture capital financings for various programs at the University of California, Berkeley, and at start-up community events, such as for AngelPad, 500 Startups, Venture University, and LAUNCH. He also has an active pro bono practice, which focuses on representing disabled veterans before the Board of Veterans Appeals and in various U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs adjudicatory processes.
Andrew speaks conversational Swedish and began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.EDUCATION:
- J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
With High Honors; Order of the Coif; Thurston Society; Senior Notes Editor, Hastings Law Journal; Recipient, Witkin and CALI Awards for Academic Excellence
- B.A., University of California, San Diego
- Member, The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce
- Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
- Recipient, Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California, 2017 and 2019
- Recipient, John Wilson Award, for pro bono legal representation of a disabled Iraq war veteran, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 2017
- Co-author, "Y Combinator Releases New 'Post-Money' Forms of Safes," WSGR Practitioner Insight, October 19, 2018
- Co-author, "Securities Law 101 for Community Solar Market Participants," Energy Today, April 7, 2017
- "From the Desert to the Courtroom: The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act," 61 Hastings Law Journal 773, 2010
- Speaker, "Fundraising and Series A Term Sheets," SkyDeck, University of California, Berkeley, April 25, 2019
- Speaker, "From Fund Formation to Making the Investment," Venture University, San Francisco, October 30, 2018
- Speaker, "Fundamentals of Private Fund Formation," Venture University, San Francisco, July 11, 2018
- Speaker, "Start-Up Bootcamp," SkyDeck, University of California, Berkeley, June 14, 2018
- Speaker, "Corporate and IP Issues for Start-Ups," Founder University, February 6, 2018
- Speaker, "Startup Corporate and IP Fundamentals," 500 Startups, August 14, 2017
- Speaker, "Avoiding Common Startup Mistakes," 500 Startups, February 6, 2017
- Speaker, "Essentials of Start-Up Law," University of California, San Diego Entrepreneurship Seminar, October 20, 2016
- State Bar of California