Professional Biography

Michael Glaser Partner

Firmwide Chair, Corporate Practice; Member, Firmwide Executive Committee

  • San Francisco

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    San Francisco

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    San Francisco, CA




Michael Glaser is a leading emerging companies lawyer and the chair of the firm's Corporate practice. Michael's efforts helped to earn Perkins Coie recognition as U.S. News & World Reports, "Firm of the Year for Venture Capital Law" in 2012 and 2013. With his background in finance, Michael 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, consumer products, sharing economy, cloud services, and premise-based software sectors through hundreds of venture capital transactions, with valuations ranging from less than $10 million to more than $2 billion. Michael's clients have been funded by top tier venture capital firms, such as Sequoia Capital, Greylock, Benchmark, Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, and Khosla Ventures. Michael also has an active M&A practice, and has advised clients in business combinations with serial acquirers such as Amazon, Automattic, Chegg, Dropbox, Electronic Arts, Google, Jawbone, ngmoco, Snapchat, and Unity. In addition, Michael has worked with a number of nonprofit organizations, including Twestival and Jamie Oliver's Food Foundation.


Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018: Corporate Law
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as one of "America's Leading Venture Capital Lawyers," 2012 - 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, 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
  • Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, Member, 2014 - 2015
  • American Bar Association Working Group on Legal Opinions, Member, 2010 - 2012

Related Employment

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





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California


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