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I am founder and principal of the Matau Legal Group, which offers a broad range of commercial, licensing, and other legal services to both start-up and established companies in the high tech and biotech industries (see I also co-founded Open Bar, Inc., a not-for-profit organization focused on legal rights and responsibilities in the world of open source software. 

I have spent over twenty years working as inside and outside counsel to computer hardware, computer software and pharmaceutical companies, including Apple Computer, SGI, and Alza Corporation.  I was the first lawyer to join VA Linux Systems, Inc. as internal counsel, and served as Vice President, Legal Services for VA during its first year as a public company. After leaving VA, I went on to become Vice President and General Counsel of Kanisa Inc., a privately-held software company based in Cupertino, California, before undertaking my own law practice in 2002.

I am a graduate of Stanford University Law School, and also hold an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. I obtained my B.A. magna cum laude and with distinction in economics from Yale College. I am fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Specialties: Open Source Software, Free Software, FOSS Licensing, General Corporate, Commercial Transactions, Intellectual Property Licensing, Latin American Transactions


Languages spoken: Portuguese, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 25%
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
  3. Corporate: 25%
  4. Licensing: 25%

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223 Laurel Ave
Menlo Park, CA, 94025-2853


DCInactive 198811/29/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder & PrincipalMatau Legal Group2002 - Present
General CounselKanisa, Inc.2001 - 2002
Vice President, Legal AffairsVA Linux Systems1999 - 2001
Senior CounselSGI1998 - 1999
Counsel, Americas InternationalSGI1995 - 1998
Corporate AttorneyALZA Corporation1994 - 1995
CounselApple Computer, Inc.1990 - 1994
AttorneyArnold & Porter, LLP1988 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
The CLUB Silicon ValleyN/A2013 - Present
Bay BrazilN/A2012 - Present
Women in Technology InternationalN/A2012 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationN/A1990 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1988 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Yale UniversityN/AB.A.1982