Professional Biography

Troy Foster Partner

  • Palo Alto

    D +1.650.838.4466

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    Palo Alto

    3150 Porter Drive

    Palo Alto, CA 94304-1212




Business attorney Troy Foster has focused on emerging companies for his entire career. He has particular depth representing technology startups as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that support them. Troy provides legal leadership for emerging growth businesses on all of their legal, compliance and related matters, working with numerous mid-to-late stage emerging growth companies and pre-IPO candidates. He has significant domain experience in cleantech/renewable energy, biotech and fintech/secondary trading. Some of Troy’s clients include, MobileCoin, SharesPost, Storj Lab and Machine Zone.

Troy previously served as the chief legal officer at TrueCar, where he oversaw its successful IPO and managed significant legal matters, such as “bet-the-company” litigation and securities class actions. He has also advised private investors on numerous primary and secondary securities transactions.

Prior to serving as in-house counsel, Troy had a long tenure in private practice in Silicon Valley, where he represented dozens of private companies and venture funds as well as public and private companies in merger and asset sale transactions, within the technology industry.

Related Employment

  • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, Adjunct Lecturer at the Law School, 2016 - 2017
  • TrueCar, Inc., Santa Monica, CA, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer/Corporate Secretary, 2014 - 2015
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA, Partner, Corporate and Securities Group, 2010 - 2014; Associate, 2000 - 2010


  • Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1999 - 2000




Bar and Court Admissions

  • California


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1999, Screening Committee Member and Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., English Literature and Composition, 1993