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Lowell D. Ness



Lowell Ness is a partner in the firm's Business practice with considerable experience in securities law and corporate governance matters. His practice focuses on high-growth emerging companies and involves venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and private placements. His clients range from startup companies in the earliest stages to well-established public companies, as well as private equity and venture capital funds.

Lowell regularly acts as either company counsel or investors' counsel in venture capital financings. He has also acted as either company counsel or underwriters' counsel in public offerings for several high-profile clients, and has represented numerous companies in their mergers and acquisitions.

Lowell has taught a course in securities regulation at Santa Clara University School of Law and is a frequent speaker at national MCLE seminars on topics such as legal opinions, drafting stockholders' agreements, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Professional Recognition

  • American Jurisprudence Award, Commercial Law
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Decedents' Estates


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1994
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • French
  • Russian