ANDREW SPARKS

Of Counsel
Corporate

EXPERIENCE:

Andrew Sparks is Of Counsel in the SOMA office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he practices corporate and securities law. Andrew primarily focuses on the representation of emerging companies and venture capital firms, including in the areas of corporate formations, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic transactions, corporate governance, and public offerings.

Andrew has represented disabled veterans on a pro bono basis before the Board of Veterans Appeals and in various U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs adjudicatory processes.

Andrew began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Andrew speaks conversational Swedish.

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
    With Honors
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Member, The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce
HONORS:
  • Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
  • Recipient, Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California, 2017
  • Recipient, John Wilson Award, for pro bono legal representation of a disabled Iraq war veteran, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 2017
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
  • 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 - Orange Groves, Country Clubs, and Solar Condos," 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
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
  • 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
ADMISSIONS:
  • State Bar of California