As head of Legal for eHarmony, I liked to joke that I put the "general" in General Counsel. That's no less true now that I run an independent practice serving entrepreneurs, startups, angel investors, technologists and other contributors to emerging growth ventures in technology and digital media. Yes, I can dissect VC term sheets and delve into the minutiae of stock option agreements, but that's only one side of a unique "switch hitter" practice rarely seen in the compartmentalized world of large law firms.
In this unique speciality, for 20 years I've helped clients navigate the maze of corporate, securities, equity compensation, employment, intellectual property, privacy, online liability, consumer protection and related matters at the frontier of media and commerce as they've moved from offline to online, social, mobile, wearable, VR/AR and beyond. Beyond pure legal subject matter, with the benefit of experience as senior management at a household-name consumer Internet company, I can act as advocate, sounding board, deal sherpa, Board liaison and communications advisor at all stages through IPO or M&A exit.
Many talented founders are still developing fluency in the often-esoteric minutiae of venture finance, securities, intellectual property and corporate governance. For those just getting started, from incorporation or LLC formation to founders' equity, IP assignments, agreements with consultants or contractors, "friends and family" pre-seed funding, convertible debt or SAFE financing rounds and so on, I strive to level the playing field with VC/finance professionals who live and breathe these deals. As a "dual citizen" of legal and technology industries, I've written guest columns for WSJ, TechCrunch and Forbes, among others, as well as a "getting started" series for Gust blog.