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Multi-dimensional legal and business advisor with broad experience in multiple industries.  Strategic thinker, pragmatic advisor, skillful negotiator, and thorough closer.  Action-oriented hard working entrepreneur with proven aptitude for rapidly assimilating industry-specific knowldge.  Veteran team builder, experienced public speaker, and exceptional writer and editor.



Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Contracts: 50%
    37 years
  2. Venture Capital: 15%
    27 years
  3. M & A: 10%
    27 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    37 years
  5. Other: 15%
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36 Bennett Road
Redwood City, CA, 94062-3202

350 Shaw Williams Road
Calistoga, CA, 94515



DCInactive 197711/29/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Personal RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
VP & General Counsel and SecretaryEtelos, Inc.2007 - Present
N/ABrooks Advisors2001 - Present
SVP Business [formerly Virtual Vineyards]1999 - 2001
EVP Planning & Development and Co-FounderCentegy Corporation1998 - 1999
VP & General CounselUSWeb Corporation1996 - 1997
N/AVarious San Francisco [CA] Law Firms1988 - 1996
Managing AttorneyHelm & Purcell1987 - 1988
US Managing DirectorR & D Group International1986 - 1987
VP & Corporate CounselMicroAge Inc1984 - 1986
VP & Corporate Counsel and SecretaryRealty World Corporation1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssnN/A1977 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of California Business Law SectionWhen does a Product Distribution System become a Franchise or BizOpp?1993
Computer SoftwareContributing Editor - Distribution [1991-1996]1991
Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law JournalVADs VARs & Authorized Dealers - Do Franchise Laws apply to the Computer Industry?1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1977
Georgetown UniversityN/AOther - Bachelors1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Web 2.0 ExpoOpen Source and IP Protection2008
International Franchise Assn Legal SymposiumCAN-SPAM and Related Issues2004
Computer Law Assn Cyberspace CampIT Company Acquisitions2002
Computer Law Assn Cyberspace CampIT Company Acquisitions2001
Computer Law Assn Cyberspace CampIT Company Acquisitions2000
Legal & Business Aspects of the InternetWeb Site Development1998
Softbank Web Innovations ForumWeb Services Contracts1997
International Bar Assn Cmte X Annual MeetingCommunication & Support in an Intl Network1997
ABA Forum on FranchisingOnline Issues for Franchising1996
ABA Forum on FranchisingFundamentals of Computer Systems for Franchisors1994