Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Elects 16 New Partners
Alicia Towler White
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
PALO ALTO, CA (December 3, 2018) - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, today announced that it has elected 16 new partners. The promotions will become effective on February 1, 2019.
"The many talents and skills of these attorneys have been exemplified, most notably, in the quality of the work done on behalf of our firm's clients," said Doug Clark, the firm's managing partner. "We're very appreciative of the commitment each attorney has made to the firm, as excellent practitioners and as colleagues who help shape our culture, while delivering the level of sophisticated representation our clients deserve. We're proud to welcome them as partners."
The 2019 partners-elect are:
Ali Alemozafar, Patents and Innovations. Based in WSGR's SOMA office in San Francisco, Dr. Alemozafar focuses his practice on strategic intellectual property counseling in a diverse range of technical fields, including diagnostics, genomics, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and materials. His expertise includes patent strategy, patent prosecution, and patent diligence for financings, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. He provides legal advice to companies at various stages of growth, from pre-financing start-ups to public companies. Alemozafar received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 2010.
Beth George, Privacy and Data Protection. Based in San Francisco, George represents companies in complex cybersecurity and data security matters, including providing advice on legal challenges companies experience with respect to preparing for and responding to cybersecurity breaches. She advises clients on internal and government investigations, cybersecurity governance, and responding to law enforcement requests for data. Prior to joining WSGR, George served in several high-ranking positions in government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, and the Office of the White House Counsel. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2010.
Ryan Greecher, Corporate. Based in Wilmington, Greecher concentrates his practice on providing Delaware corporate law advice with respect to fiduciary duties and statutory requirements through the various steps in a company's life cycle, including incorporation, preferred stockholder investments, purchases and sales of assets, dividends and capital repurchases, tender offers and mergers and acquisitions, and liquidations and dissolutions. In addition to advising companies and other business entities, Greecher represents private and public company boards of directors and special committees. Greecher received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008.
Dana Hall, Corporate. Based in Palo Alto, Hall represents clients engaged in corporate finance and private equity transactions. He has substantial experience advising borrowers, issuers, lenders, and underwriters in a diverse range of public and private debt financings, including single-lender and syndicated credit facilities, high-yield and convertible debt securities, leveraged buyouts and acquisition finance, venture lending transactions, restructurings and workouts, cross-border transactions, subordinated and second lien financings, bridge financings, and other complex financing transactions. Hall received his J.D. from William & Mary Law School in 2009.
Seth Helfgott, Corporate. Based in WSGR's SOMA office in San Francisco, Helfgott advises on corporate and securities law, including start-ups, venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. He represents entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses, as well as the angel and venture capital investors that finance them. Helfgott represents clients across a diverse range of technology industries. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2009.
Bryan King, Corporate. Based in Seattle, King focuses his practice on representing emerging growth companies, venture capital firms, investment banks, and public companies in corporate and securities law matters. In addition to ongoing corporate counsel, he represents clients in conjunction with public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. King has represented clients across a range of life sciences and technology sectors, including the biotech, pharmaceutical, software-as-a-service (SaaS), software, mobile, and financial industries. King received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 2007.
Ben Labow, Antitrust. Based in San Francisco, Labow advises clients on antitrust issues related to mergers and acquisitions and provides ongoing antitrust counsel on pricing and distribution issues, joint ventures, information exchanges, trade associations, IP licensing, and unilateral conduct. He has substantial experience representing clients in connection with antitrust investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, the European Commission, and other antitrust agencies. Labow received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2003.
Lauren Lichtblau, Corporate. Based in Palo Alto, Lichtblau focuses her practice on representing technology and life sciences clients in corporate and securities transactions. Her clients include emerging growth companies, late-stage private companies, mature public companies, venture capital investors, and investment banks. She represents issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings and other complex capital markets transactions. She also provides on-going advice to clients as to corporate compliance, disclosure, and governance matters. Lichtblau received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2009.
Ethan Lutske, Mergers & Acquisitions. Based in San Francisco, Lutske represents technology and life sciences clients in both public and private mergers, as well as in conjunction with tender offers, asset acquisitions, stock purchases, joint ventures, and other strategic corporate transactions. In addition to transactions involving companies based in the U.S. and North America, he also represents clients engaged in complex leveraged or cross-border deals. Lutske received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2010.
Zachary Myers, Corporate. Based in San Diego, Myers concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and ongoing corporate counseling. He has substantial experience representing late-stage and public company clients in the technology and life sciences sectors—especially biotechnology and medical device companies—in complex, high-value transactions. He also has technology licensing experience and has advised clients on numerous licensing and technology transfer agreements. Myers received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2008.
Christopher Paniewski, Technology Transactions. Based in Palo Alto, Paniewski focuses his practice on outsourcing transactions, commercial agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and other technology-related transactions such as licensing and strategic relationships. He has counseled clients in various industries and at various stages of maturity on their commercial and technology needs, including clients in the following sectors: fintech, clean tech, cloud computing, IoT, enterprise software, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, and drones. Paniewski received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2007.
Tracy Rubin, Technology Transactions. Based in Palo Alto, Rubin focuses on complex intellectual property transactions, such as technology asset carve-outs, spinouts, patent portfolio acquisitions, and technology mergers and acquisitions, supporting clients in a variety of technology-driven industries, and through all stages of growth. She also advises clients on initial public offerings, strategic investments, and a wide range of licensing matters, including settlement agreements, university licensing agreements, joint development agreements, and other agreements pertaining to technology licensing, development, and distribution. Rubin received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2009.
Adam Shevell, Technology Transactions. Based in WSGR's SOMA office in San Francisco, Shevell advises technology companies at all stages of development, from start-ups to global enterprises. He also represents angel investors, venture capital firms, and other institutions in the start-up ecosystem. Shevell has substantial experience advising clients in the autonomous vehicle and connected mobility sectors, in addition to clients operating in the digital health, fintech, on-demand services, cryptocurrency, SaaS, social media, and enterprise software industries. Shevell received his J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2007.
Matthew Staples, Privacy and Data Protection. Based in Austin, Staples counsels companies in a number of industries regarding privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, and other information security issues. He helps clients navigate issues arising from novel and innovative data practices by offering practical risk assessments and pragmatic advice. Staples' experience as a transactional attorney also allows him to address privacy, data security, and other matters relating to data in the context of various transactions. Staples received his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2004.
Lianna Whittleton, Corporate. Based in Palo Alto, Whittleton concentrates her practice on representing technology clients in corporate and securities transactions. Her clients range from venture-backed start-ups and entrepreneurs to late-stage private entities and public companies. Whittleton represents clients in venture financings, as well as initial public offerings and other complex capital markets transactions. She also provides on-going corporate advice to clients. Whittleton received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2009.
Scott Zimmermann, Energy and Infrastructure. Based in San Francisco, Zimmermann represents leading and emerging companies in the solar, energy storage, energy efficiency, and distributed energy resources markets. He is also active in helping his clients develop and finance the next generation of energy and infrastructure assets in developing industries such as water and electric vehicles. Zimmermann advises new and established companies and their investors on issues affecting the energy, infrastructure, and clean tech industries, including all aspects of project development, debt and tax equity project finance, private equity, structured finance, joint ventures, and start-up counseling. Zimmermann received his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2008.
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