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over 25 years, I have been a Silicon Valley business lawyer with a specialty in early-stage tech startups. I have practiced business, corporate,
commercial, and intellectual property law and have served as a business and corporate lawyer for a broad range of startup and business clients, from small family businesses to leading companies in the high tech field. I have concentrated on helping entrepreneurs, founders, executives, and the
companies they own and operate, in all types of industries. With
respect to the tech field in particular, I have worked with
startups in depth at every stage of their development: formation,
founder arrangements, intellectual property protection, funding,
technology licensing, strategic alliances, and acquisition. I function as a strategic adviser to startup businesses and bring
substantial experience and depth to that role. I have a direct style
that appeals to entrepreneurs as well as a credibility that serves
clients well in negotiations.
In each of the areas listed as my practice areas, I have done not only extensive transactional work but have also handled disputes and litigated cases - that is, business, corporate, and intellectual property litigation (not patent). I am a strong proponent of the view that entrepreneurs are well-served if a lawyer can handle deals and disputes seamlessly, and I have always sought to stay sharp in both transactional and litigation matters within the commercial field.
Concerning my 4-attorney boutique firm: We are business lawyers with a specialty in early-stage tech startup companies.
Since 1984, we have helped small to mid-sized businesses, startups,
entrepreneurs, and executives – several thousand in all. We help form
companies - fund them - sell or merge or acquire them – sell their
assets - do their corporate work, employment work, contracts, leases,
and standard terms – licensing, trademark, and IP work (not patent filings) – founder and
equity incentive structures – commercial deals of all types. We also do
litigation: business - corporate - contract – fraud – trade secret –
unfair competition - employment - business break-ups (including corporate and partnership dissolution actions) - commercial
See http://www.grellas.com/representative_list.html for a representative list of current and former clients (while we specialize in tech startups, our roots lie with traditional small business clients of all types, and we continue to value small business clients as a part of our law firm).
As a law firm, we seek to be and remain readily approachable and thus offer free (short) initial consultations via phone or email and reduced rate initial consultations in-office - our policies are explained here (http://grellas.com/initial_consultation.html).
Every California business, corporate, employment, intellectual
property (IP), and commercial litigation lawyer in our law firm has at
least 10 years' experience as a practicing attorney in Silicon Valley,
Santa Clara County, and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area.
attorneys represent clients in commercial deals and in commercial
litigation matters throughout the state of California, including San
Jose, Silicon Valley, the South Bay Area, Campbell, Cupertino, Los
Gatos, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Saratoga, Palo Alto, Los Altos, San Francisco, San Mateo and
Santa Clara County.
I have consistently been recognized as a leading
startup business and technology lawyer in Silicon Valley. I am a member of
the State Bar-CEB Business and Intellectual Property Law Advisory Committee and
a frequent contributing author to leading CEB publications (Counseling California Corporations (3rd
edition 2008); Advising California Partnerships (3rd edition 2009);
California Business Law Practitioner Journal, "Tips, Traps, and Strategies for Representing Early-Stage Startups" (Spring 2008)). I recently served as President
of the Sunnyvale-Cupertino Bar Association (2008-09) and have served on its board of
directors for many years.
I am a classicist who enjoys reading Latin and ancient
(and modern) Greek. I am an avid reader, a classical film buff,
and an opera lover. I was born and raised in the midwest but
have been a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1968. I am married and serve as a deacon in my church.
Languages spoken: Greek
Hourly ($310-480/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (15 minutes)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers||San Jose Magazine||2002|
|Best Lawyers||San Jose Magazine||2001|
|Best Lawyers||San Jose Magazine||2000|
|Chief Technical Editor, Law Review||Santa Clara University School of Law||1978|
|Law School Honors (Magna Cum Laude)||Santa Clara University School of Law||1978|
|Undergraduate Honors (Highest Honors in History)||University of California at Santa Cruz||1974|
|Founder and Managing Partner||Grellas Shah LLP||1984 - Present|
|Associate||Bingham McCutchen||1980 - 1984|
|Judicial law clerk to Honorable William A. Ingram||United States District Court, N.D. Cal.||1979 - 1980|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar - CEB Business and Intellectual Property Law Advisory Committe||Member||2009 - Present|
|Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar Association||President||2008 - 2009|
|Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar Association||Vice President||2007 - 2008|
|Sunnyvale Cupertino Bar Association||Director||2003 - 2007|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1978 - Present|
|Advising California Partnerships (CEB)||Planning a Limited Partnership (Chapter 5)||2009|
|Counseling California Corporations (CEB)||Shareholders' Rights and Liabilities (Chapter 3)||2008|
|California Business Law Practitioner||Tips, Traps, and Strategies for Representing Early-Stage Startups||2008|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|University of California - Santa Cruz||History||A.B.||1974|