The three main types of legal services we provide are:
► Outsourced General Counsel Services
► Licensing and Corporate Transactions
► In-house Legal Support
We tailor our services to meet the client's needs, whether those needs are for contract drafting and negotiating or for more involved management of the legal function. We work either at the client's offices or in our offices in Menlo Park, California, as determined by the client. Our services include regular presentations on areas of particular interest to the client, such as reviews of advertising law requirements, open source management, and license structures.
When we engage a new client, we offer a no-charge review that includes:
- (i) examination of the client's corporate history, form agreements, and material contracts
- (ii) interviews with senior management for a detailed understanding of the short and long-term objectives of the business
- (iii) meetings with the client's existing corporate, IP, and HR counsel, if any
Our objective is to get up to speed on the client's legal needs without cost to the client so that we can thereafter provide cost-efficient, informed legal services.
Outsourced General Counsel Services
In any established business, the in-house legal function serves as the focal point for managing corporate, transactional, litigation, regulatory and compliance matters.
For startups and emerging companies, the legal requirements are not typically as broad-based, but the need for management of the legal function cannot be ignored, especially for organizations striving for an acquisition or IPO.
Often, startups rely on a CFO or senior executive to manage the legal function, working with large firms who filter legal projects down to relatively inexperienced associates. We step in to support management with all or part of the legal function, freeing executives to focus on achieving business objectives while providing them with ready access to economical legal counsel familiar with the team, the board of directors, and the business.
For more information about our outsourced general counsel services, contact us.
Licensing and Corporate Transaction Services
Our transaction services range from simple licensing transactions to complicated equity and debt financings.
We've drafted the form agreements used by one of the largest technology companies in the world and have helped startups and emerging companies with venture rounds and debt financings.
Our extensive experience in both in-house roles and in private practice enables us to provide highly efficient and cost-effective services. We provide technology transactions expertise on a wide range of transactions for software, hardware, and Internet-based businesses, including contracts in all phases of manufacturing, development, licensing, and commercial deployments for companies large and small.
With our extensive experience and form library, we structure your deals properly, counsel business personnel on tactics, tips and traps, and provide options to close deals promptly and to your advantage.
Also, since our primary focus is on representing entrepreneurial companies, we have particular expertise assisting clients in thinking through opportunities and in providing contractual frameworks to pursue their objectives.
For more information about our transactions services, contact us.
In-house Legal Support Services
Having been in-house legal counsel, we understand the time pressures faced by in-house attorneys and the organizational coordination required to do deals right.
And we readily understand the need of in-house counsel to have available transaction support without paying a huge legal bill.
Our in-house transaction support services provide coordinated, cost-efficient transaction structuring, drafting and negotiation.
We also provide assistance with special projects, such as providing in-house functions for litigation and mergers and acquisitions.
When companies find themselves in these situations, often working with large firms, the cost of outside counsel and their paralegals can be overwhelming and the internal administrative requirements burdensome.
We bring hands-on management in these situations, providing efficient communication between company counsel, company executives and outside counsel at rates much less than big law firms.
With both transaction support and mission-critical projects, we bring focus and clarity that helps in-house counsel add value to the organization.
For more information about our in-house legal support services, contact us.