Palo Alto

3150 Porter Drive

Palo Alto, California 94304-1212

T: +1.650.838.4300

F: +1.650.838.4350



The more than 50 attorneys in our Palo Alto office reflect the innovative and entrepreneurial energy that defines Silicon Valley.  Companies seek out our attorneys' advice on a range of legal issues, from startup formation, funding and exit strategies to intellectual property protection, including both prosecution and litigation, as well as other complex litigation issues.

Corporate Practice

Our corporate attorneys work with technology companies ranging in size from startups to large multinational corporations.  We provide pragmatic legal counsel at all stages of company development and have a strong focus in helping emerging growth companies.  We also help these companies protect and leverage their intellectual property, enter into strategic licensing transactions and secure financing from venture capitalists, private equity groups and others.  As our clients grow, we work with them in public offerings, partnering ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.  We also provide the ongoing representation that maturing companies require, including handling complex litigation matters.

As emerging companies continue to look to Northern California for capital and professional expertise, our attorneys have substantial experience in the representation of emerging growth companies in all phases of their development.  Our attorneys represent venture capital funds and high-growth, venture-backed companies in a variety of fast-moving industry sectors, and have significant experience handling venture financings and private debt and equity financing transactions.

We are proud sponsors of several local organizations that focus on startups and we run the startupPerColator program, which includes informative seminars and a website committed to helping startups create free legal documents.

Intellectual Property

Our Palo Alto office has a substantial intellectual property practice, with a particular focus on patent prosecution and litigation.  Our attorneys work with innovators, entrepreneurs and inventors to prepare and prosecute patent applications in anticipation of licensing opportunities and potential litigation.  Our patent litigation attorneys regularly counsel FORTUNE 100 and FORTUNE 500 companies, and are skilled at representing clients in both state and federal court and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).  We have tried and litigated cases extensively in the Northern District of California, as well other major patent centers across the country, including Chicago, Delaware, Los Angeles, New York and Texas.

Our patent attorneys are experienced in a myriad of technologies, including the following:

  • Biotechnology
  • Clean Technology
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computer Science
  • Consumer Products
  • E-commerce
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Hardware
  • Internet
  • Network Storage
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Semiconductors
  • Social Media
  • Software
  • Telecom

Many of our lawyers have earned advanced technical degrees in a range of fields, including electrical engineering, computer science and biotechnology.  These backgrounds enable them to have an in-depth understanding of our clients' technologies and to provide legal advice specific to each client's unique needs.  While our attorneys have the technical savvy to litigate the most complex patent issues of the day, they are also skilled at presenting each case using  language and evidence that judges and juries understand. 

Through our local sponsorship of the Association of Corporate Counsel, we regularly present in-house CLE seminars focused on intellectual property issues important to companies in Silicon Valley.


Our Palo Alto-based litigators help our clients minimize the uncertainties of litigation by providing a solid foundation of practical experience, broad resources and strategic vision.  We have extensive experience in securities, corporate governance, professional liability, antitrust and unfair competition, intellectual property, privacy, consumer class action defense and other complex litigation.

Our attorneys recognize that litigation is a business problem, not just a legal problem, and that it is important to understand our clients' businesses and industries in order to advise them on how to achieve the best business outcome in litigation.  Our track record includes successful litigation in a wide variety of industries, including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Consumer Goods
  • E-commerce
  • Financial Institutions
  • High-Tech Services
  • Internet
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Professional Services
  • Software
  • Semiconductors