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Michael Glaser



Emerging Companies & Venture Capital

Michael Glaser is a leading emerging companies lawyer and helped to earn Perkins Coie recognition as U.S. News & World Reports, "Firm of the Year for Venture Capital Law" in 2012 and 2013.  Michael is actively involved in firm management and has held positions on the firm's Executive Committee, Associate Evaluation Committee, Partner Compensation Committee, and several other working groups. Michael has a background in finance, and he brings a valuable quantitative perspective to transactional negotiations through modeling and other analytical tools. Michael is a member of the Model Document Working Group for the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), and a leader in the effort to streamline venture capital negotiations through the use of standardized documents.  He has led clients in the consumer e-commerce, interactive entertainment, digital media, cloud services, and premise-based software sectors through hundreds of venture capital transactions ranging from seed stage through mezzanine financings. Michael's clients have been funded by top tier venture capital firms, such as Sequoia Capital, Greylock, Benchmark, Accel Partners, and Andreessen Horowitz.  Michael also has an active M&A practice and has advised clients in business combinations with serial acquirers such as Amazon, Automattic, Chegg, Electronic Arts, Google, IBM, Jawbone, Microsoft, Monster, ngmoco, Websense, Yahoo, and Unity.  In addition, Michael has worked with a number of non-profit organizations, including Twestival and Jamie Oliver's Food Foundation.


  • AddLive (video and voice integration APIs)
  • Amino (consumer healthcare IT)
  • Animoto (interactive media)
  • Applifier (mobile gaming)
  • AVST (enterprise communications)
  • Balanced (online payments)
  • Bunchball (web gamification)
  • Couchsurfing (social travel)
  • Exablox (storage appliances)
  • fictiv (collaborative consumption) 
  • Fonality (cloud communications)
  • Gridium (energy management analytics)
  • Hackpad (smart, collaborative documents)
  • imgix (cloud-based image processing)
  • Instacart (grocery delivery) 
  • Mashape (marketplace for APIs)  
  • Originator Media (interactive entertainment)
  • Philz Coffee (food & beverage)
  • PogoPlug (personal cloud storage)
  • RealScout (personalized home search)
  • Rocket Space (tech accelerator)
  • Secret (social app)
  • SOMA Water (consumer products)
  • Sporcle (interactive media)
  • ToyTalk (interactive entertainment)
  • TenMarks Education (interactive media for education)
  • Tugboat Yards (marketplace for media publishers)
  • Trulia (residential real estate services)
  • Zetta (enterprise cloud storage)

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as one of "America's Leading Venture Capital Lawyers," 2011 - present
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Northern California Rising Star," 2011 - 2012
  • Named one of Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's "40 under 40" in 2007
  • Rated as AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.) 
  • Speaker, panelist and moderator at technology business events sponsored by organizations such as Stanford BASES/Forge, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Red Herring, IBDNetwork, TiEcon and the Hastings Business Law Journal

Professional Leadership

  • National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Model Document Working Group, member, 2006 - present
  • ABA Working Group on Legal Opinions, Member, 2010 - 2012

Related Employment

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA, Corporate Securities Associate, 1997-1999
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, New York, NY, Summer Associate, 1996
  • Morgan Stanley, New York, NY, Summer Associate, 1995


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • University at Albany, State University of New York, B.S., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California