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Sean Sherwood Hogle

Sean Sherwood Hogle

Practice areas:

Intellectual Property, Internet, Licensing, Communications & Media, Business, Employment & Labor

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About Me

Sean's law practice is focused primarily on technology ventures, such as software, wireless telecommunications, and Internet-related companies, as well as firms in the visual effects, concept art and emerging media space. Sean's sixteen years of diverse legal experience make him well-suited to act as a "virtual general counsel" to his venture clients, guiding such enterprises through the complex legal and regulatory environment of the United States and abroad--and in all stages of growth, from founding to IPO.

Having closed countless complex technology transactions with numerous Fortune 100 companies worldwide, Sean has become the consummate deal lawyer, bringing to the table an ability to negotiate business-critical deals with efficiency and skill. During extensive international assignments in Tokyo and Munich, Sean earned invaluable experience in overseas entity formation, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and international licensing. Because of his experience in managing US and European operations for a global software company, Sean is uniquely qualified to understand the practical challenges of running a business.

Sean began his legal career with a large law firm in Denver, Colorado, where he represented numerous high technology enterprises in mergers and acquisitions, business planning, technology licensing, and intellectual property management, counseling and enforcement. Sean additionally enjoyed an extensive state and federal litigation and arbitration practice.

Eventually, Sean moved in-house with Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he ultimately became Assistant General Counsel. In this role, Sean was responsible for software and technology licensing and alliances for Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, as an expatriate in Tokyo.

In 2001, Sean joined the wireless and consumer software venture Aplix Corporation, also based in Tokyo, as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs. Sean facilitated the company's international growth and eventual IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2003. In addition to his General Counsel role, Sean managed, as President and Chief Operating Officer, the company's United States and European subsidiaries in San Francisco and Munich, from 2004 to 2006.

Sean is based in the firm's San Rafael, California office, in the San Francisco Bay Area.



Languages Spoken: Japanese

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Intellectual Property: 30%
    22 years
  2. Licensing: 20%
    22 years
  3. Internet: 20%
    22 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 10%
    22 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($295-350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

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Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Jeffrey Howard Lerman

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Sean on multiple matters. I have referred valued clients to Sean and they have been very happy. He's fast and effective, as well as a great person.


    Jeffrey Lerman Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Lerman Law Building
802 B Street
San Rafael, CA, 94901



VAAuthorized to practice law199310/09/2009

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Manager and FounderSean Hogle PC2006 - Present
General CounselAplix Corporation2002 - 2006
Assistant General CounselSun Microsystems, Inc.1998 - 2001
AssociateMoye White1995 - 1998
Judicial Law ClerkU.S. District Court1993 - 1995


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationN/A1996 - Present
International Technology Law Association (Computer Law Association)N/A1996 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate
Computer & Internet LawyerConditions vs. Covenants: California Rulings Threaten the Practical Enforceability of Open Source Licenses2008
Computer & Internet LawyerUnauthorized Derivative Source Code2001
William and Mary Law ReviewThe Employee as Investor: The Case for Universal Application of the Federal Securities Laws to Employee Stock Ownership Plans1992


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
James Madison UnivFinanceB.B.A.1990

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Open Source in Mobile ConferenceThe Debate Over Boundaries: An Analysis of GPLv2 and Derivative Works2009
Open Source in Mobile ConferenceWorld Beyond GPL2008
Open Source in Mobile ConferenceEstablishing Open Source Projects and How Do You Choose the Right License2008
Open Source in Mobile ConferenceGPL Version 3: What the License Means to You and Minimizing Legal Risks of Open Source Licensing2007
Marin Bar AssociationResolving Domain Name Disputes2007
Regis Media Day - CSPAN Televised EventFrom Gutenberg to Gates: Publishing in the Electronic Age1997