CRAIG E. SHERMAN

Partner
Corporate

EXPERIENCE:

Craig Sherman is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focuses on corporate and securities laws, representing companies, venture capital firms, and investments banks in private placements and public offerings. Craig also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, and domestic and international joint ventures.

Craig began private practice in 1989 with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Paris, and joined Perkins Coie in Seattle in January 1995. He became a director in the Kirkland office of Venture Law Group in December 1996 and was managing director of the Kirkland office from May 2000 until August 2002, when he joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He has been a member of the firm's Policy Committee, Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Finance Committee.

In addition to English, Craig is fluent in French and knowledgeable in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Korean.

SELECT MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS:
  • 4thpass in its sale to Motorola
  • 5to1 in its sale to Yahoo!
  • Adaptix in its sale to Acacia Research
  • AdRelevance in its sale to Media Metrix
  • AdXpose in its sale to comScore
  • Ascentium in the sale of certain assets to Avanade
  • Atom Films in its sale to Shockwave
  • Avogadro in its sale to Openwave Systems
  • Blue Box in its sale to IBM
  • CapitalStream in its sale to HCL
  • Cozi in its sale to Time
  • Daptiv in its sale to Parallax
  • DataSnap in its acquisition by Neustar
  • Dwellable in its sale to HomeAway
  • EveryMove in its sale to Higi
  • GoAhead in its sale to Oracle
  • Hackster in its sale to Avnet
  • High Gear Media in its sale to Internet Brands
  • Intelligent Results in its sale to First Data Corporation
  • iShip.com in its sale to Stamps.com
  • Isilon in its sale to EMC
  • Julep in its sale to Warburg
  • Likewise in its sale to EMC
  • LiveMocha in its sale to Rosetta Stone
  • Marketwave in its sale to Accrue Software
  • M:Metrics in its sale to comScore
  • Metaresolver in its sale to Millenial Media
  • MetricsHub in its sale to Microsoft
  • Mobilisafe in its sale to Rapid7
  • Parallels in a sale of assets to Ingram Micro
  • PayScale in its sale to Warburg
  • Pi in its sale to EMC
  • Positronic in its sale to eBay
  • Pure Networks in its sale to Cisco
  • RadioFrame Networks in its sales of assets to Motorola and others
  • Rendition Networks in its sale to Opsware
  • Rover in its acquisition of DogVacay
  • Smilebox in its sale to IncrediMail
  • SingingFish in its sale to Thomson Consumer Electronics
  • Sparq in its sale to Yahoo!
  • TalentSpring in its sale to Talent Technologies
  • Tier 3 in its sale to CenturyLink
  • Turi in its sale to Apple
  • Union Bay Networks in its sale to Apple
  • Viathan in its sale to Dantz Development
  • Wavtrace in its sale to Harris Corp.
  • Who's Calling in its acquisitions of Clickpath and StandardCall
  • Who's Calling in its sale to Vista Equity
  • Xevo in its acquisition of Surround
  • XYPOINT in its sale to TeleCommunication Systems
  • Zango in its acquisition of Hotbar
SELECT U.S. CLIENTS:

Craig's current corporate clients in the U.S. include:

  • 98point6
  • Amplero
  • Apptentive
  • Appuri
  • Booster Fuels
  • Bungie
  • Chatbox
  • Chef
  • CloudCoreo
  • EnergySavvy
  • FLEXE
  • Flowplay
  • Front Desk
  • Geekwire
  • Glamhive
  • Glowforge
  • HyperSciences
  • Icertis
  • Igneous
  • Indix
  • INRIX
  • Intrepid Learning
  • M87
  • PayScale
  • Photobucket
  • Pioneer Square Labs
  • Pipeline Deals
  • Pivotal Commware
  • Planetary Resources
  • Privacy Labs
  • Rover.com
  • Spaceflight
  • Sunlight Payments
  • Syntonic Wireless
  • TINYhr
  • Unify Square
  • Utrip
  • VREAL
  • WildTangent
  • Xevo
  • Yapta
SELECT BRAZIL CLIENTS:

Craig's current corporate clients in Brazil include:

  • Bidu
  • Contratado
  • EduK
  • Emprego Ligado
  • Meliuz
  • Mind Lab
  • Nibo
  • QuintoAndar
  • Sontra
  • Strider
  • Volanty
  • Worldpackers
  • WorldSense
SELECT VENTURE CAPITAL CLIENTS:

Craig's venture capital clients have included:

  • Accel
  • Amadeus Capital Partners
  • Battery
  • Bessemer
  • Divergent
  • e.Bricks
  • Foundry Group
  • Frazier Healthcare Ventures
  • Frazier Technology Ventures
  • Greylock
  • Ignition
  • iHatch
  • Kleiner Perkins
  • Madrona
  • Maveron
  • Monashees
  • Northwest Venture Associates
  • OVP
  • Sequoia
  • Trilogy
  • Voyager Capital
  • W Fund
EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1989
    Cum Laude; Articles Editor, Harvard Human Rights Yearbook
  • M.A., International Political Studies, and B.A., International Relations and French, Stanford University, 1985
    With Honors
  • Certificat d'Etudes Politiques, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, France, 1983
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Board Member, University of Washington Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Board Member, The Indus Entrepreneurs, Seattle Chapter
  • Board Member, Daniel Pearl Foundation
  • Board Member, Washington Technology Industry Association
HONORS:
  • Named the 2012 and 2016 Seattle Venture Capital Law "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers
  • Named "Best Service Provider" at the Seattle 2.0 Awards 2011
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2008-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America
  • Recognized in the 2007-2016 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, in which clients described him as "very knowledgeable and experienced" and lauded him as "a lawyer's lawyer" who "lays out recommendations clearly"
  • Named in Washington Super Lawyers in 2003-2016 and recognized among the Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Washington
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
ADMISSIONS:
  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Washington