Practice concentrates on corporate law, including corporate governance, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, securities, venture capital, tax planning, and tax controversy (state & federal tax).
Partner, Hanson Bridgett, LLP, San Francisco – May 2011-June 2012
Shareholder, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, San Francisco – Sept. 2009-May 2011
Partner, Duane Morris, LLP, San Francisco – May 2005-Sept. 2009
Of Counsel, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, San Francisco – May 2003-May 2005
E.V.P. & General Counsel, Groupe Domaine Scientifics, San Ramon –June. 2001-Apr. 2003
Co-founded Groupe Domaine Scientifics (GDS), an intellectual property rights company, in November 2001. Partnered with U.C. Berkeley, U.C. San Diego, and the University of Toledo. Licensed ceramic armor, reinforced silicon fiber, and blast-proof glass to Bath Iron Works and General Dynamics.
V.P. of Strategic Alliances; General Counsel; & Secretary, Board of Directors; Burst.com, Inc. [NASDAQ-Small CAP: BRST], San Francisco–Aug. 1998-May 2001
Responsible for all SEC regulatory filings, private placements, and public offerings, and all patent, copyright, trademark, and tax filings. Chief strategist for mergers, acquisitions, and business development. Chaired Patent and Intellectual Property Committee.
Tax Counsel, Pacific Telesis Group (PTG), San Francisco; Tax Counsel & Associate General Counsel, Nevada Bell, Reno, Nevada – Jun. 1985-Jul. 1998
Advised PTG consolidated companies – including Pacific Bell, Nevada Bell, Pacific Bell Directory, Pacific Bell Information Services, Pacific Bell Video Services, and Telesis Technology Laboratory
Senior Tax Accountant, Arthur Andersen & Co., San Francisco, CA – Jan. 1982-May 1985
Performed tax research, planning, and compliance. Handled foreign currency translation issues. Lead auditor on audit of Crocker/Midland Bank holding company prior to sale of Crocker to Wells Fargo Bank.
Deputy Public Defender, San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Jan. 1978-Dec.-1981 Criminal defense attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. Supervisor of Writ and Appellate Division. Argued before Appellate Department of Superior Court, California State Court of Appeals, California Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.