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Julia Cheng

Corporate and incorporation Attorney at Santa Monica, CA

5.0   13 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    California - CA 12 years
    New York - NY 23 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2000
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Julia

Learn Julia’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Corporate and incorporation
    We advise on business formation, startup capital raise (SAFEs, convertible notes, stock, etc.), founder, employee and consultant agreements, equity compensation (stock options, RSUs, SARs), mergers & acquisition and business contract negotiations.

    25 years

  2. Intellectual property
    We assist clients with trademark and copyright registrations. We counsel digital content and technology service providers on matters pertaining to the development, licensing, publishing, acquisition and sale of digital content or technology assets.

    20 years

  3. Internet
    We advise websites and mobile applications regarding internet and data privacy laws such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, EU's GDPR, Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and draft terms of service, privacy policies and EULAs.

    20 years

  4. Licensing
    We advise clients on content and technology licensing matters, routinely drafting and negotiating agreements surrounding content publishing and distribution (podcasts, videos, e-books), SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and IT services in connection therewith.

    20 years

  5. Venture capital
    We represent both startups and investors in seed and Series A financings (SAFEs, convertible notes, preferred stock), advising clients on equity structuring, term sheet negotiations utilizing Y Combinator or NVCA style documents.

    25 years


Julia Cheng is a business and technology IP attorney specializing in corporate, software, artificial intelligence (AI), data privacy (GDPR & CCPA), digital media and IP matters. For more than 15 years, Julia works with startups and seasoned companies through the life cycle of a business, from entity formation to capital raise (accelerators, angels and VC), product and business development, to negotiating partnership deals at Fortune 500 companies including Apple, Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft, IBM, Disney, CNN, Paramount Global, GE and Samsung. For her technology clients Julia routinely drafts and negotiates contracts relating to the development, licensing and distribution of software, advises clients on GDPR and CCPA compliance, and counsels clients on legal issues surrounding the commercialization and use of AI applications. For her digital media clients Julia advises them on matters related to the development, publishing and distribution of digital content, social media advertising, copyright and trademark protection, and IP issues surrounding AI generated content.

Julia earned a Harvard Law School Executive Education certificate in computer science. Prior to starting CyberlawStudio, Julia practiced corporate law at the Wall Street law firm of Cadwalader Wickersham and Taft and served as the general counsel of a wireless technology entertainment startup. Julia grew up in Japan and Taiwan (18 years) and is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese (read and write), majored in pre-medicine/psychology at the Johns Hopkins University and studied electronic music production at Juilliard School of Music.

Julia is the co-founder and President of Out in Tech, the largest LGBTQ+ tech nonprofit with 32 chapters serving 50,000+ members worldwide.

Julia is admitted to practice in New York and California.


Client's Choice 2021
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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by David | July 11, 2019
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Excellent - Friendly and Knowledgeable
We needed a lawyer to help us form our digital-only business and were getting a lot of mixed messages due to us having owners in different states. We were thrilled to find Julia as she has backgrounds in both incorporation and digital law. Julia was prompt and friendly throughout our communications. She was very knowledgeable and was able to explain complex business laws to us in simple terms. She answered all of our niche questions and got us on the path to forming our first LLC. We'll absolutely use her services in the future and would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2018
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Happy Camper
Julia Cheng was wonderful to work with. She was professional, timely and attentive to our company's needs. Julia pointed out items on our business plan that we had not thought of, which I greatly appreciate. No doubt we will continue to use her services in the future.
Posted by Aktar | July 3, 2023
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Exceptional Service
Working with Julia was an absolute joy. As co-founders of a new startup, we found ourselves faced with numerous questions, concerns, and creative ideas that required legal guidance. Julia demonstrated an unwavering commitment to addressing each and every issue, regardless of its complexity or relevance. Not only did Julia deliver the requested services with professionalism and efficiency, but she also took the time to educate and inform us about the legal intricacies involved in our enterprise. Her advice, insights, and foresight in future planning have been invaluable to our startup phase. As we continue to expand our company, we are confident that having Julia as our legal consultant and counsel will prove to be an immense asset. We wholeheartedly recommend her for anyone in need of legal expertise and personalized attention.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2022
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Great lawyer and adviser
I had to part ways with my co-founder and Julia was very helpful throughout the process. She asked good questions to make sure we covered all the right points. She was prompt with turnaround and communication. Would gladly work with her again in the future.
Posted by Devon | December 27, 2021
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Couldn’t ask for a better lawyer for our startup and female founded team
My cofounder and I have appreciated working with Julia since day 1 in setting up our female founded startup. She has great positive energy, goes above and beyond, and it’s clear she has our best interest in mind by the way she works and the questions she asks. We’re so glad to be working with her and look forward to building our company with her counsel by our side. We highly recommend Julia.
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Posted by Vincent | August 31, 2021
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A great lawyer for startups
Julia is thoughtful, and diligent. She would not only represent for us but also act on behalf of our interest. After working with so many attorneys, I've found Julia to be genuinely the best.
Posted by Troy | August 19, 2021
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Trustworthy lawyer
Julia helped me a lot as I started my business and never hesitated to answer my questions. She is trustworthy and kind.
Posted by Kevin | August 2, 2021
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Trustworthy and knowledgeable
I originally consulted with Julia to create new sales contracts for my company and review our data policies. Julia listened to our needs and provided reasonable legal advice in a timely manner. We feel that she has a strong background in technology law and while our needs are often very specific Julia often meets that challenge. We have since retained her and she is now the person that we consult with on any legal matter.
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Posted by Alex | July 10, 2021
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Outstanding attorney--knowledgeable, efficient, thorough and responsive
We are highly satisfied with our experience. Julia was a highly knowledgeable attorney in her field. We were in need of ToS, Private policy drafts for our newly built E-commerce website; Julia's expertise helped deliver detailed, comprehensive drafts. Julia immediately understood our business goals and concerns, and took a very proactive stance in protecting our commercial and legal interests. Julia was very responsive and attentive to any questions we had. Virtual meetings were always prompt, well-prepared, and informative. I would recommend Julia 110% to anyone in need of a business/internet attorney. We are looking forward to working with Julia in future projects.
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Posted by Hector | July 9, 2021
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Trustworthy attorney
Julia is my first American attorney who helped me to register copyright for my app. She is friendly & trustworthy. I will come back to her for legal matters in tech business.
Posted by Sandy | October 18, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Support
Julia has been incredible as we worked through our restructuring, merger and getting customer and partner agreements in place. Being a small company, we appreciated her interest in learning about our business model and understanding what our main concerns were, when we had new agreements put in place.
Posted by Philip | August 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Julia has helped me with software both software consulting and staffing/recruiting contracts. Extremely valuable advice, highly recommended.
Posted by Jen | July 13, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Great objective advice!
I met Julia at a networking event and was very impressed with her as a person and the work she was doing as a start-up lawyer in LA. As luck would have it, just a few weeks later I needed guidance shutting down my LLC and buying out my cofounder. Julia was incredibly helpful, responsive, and clear in her communication. What I appreciated most though was that she gave me great direction and impartial advice. She guided me on the right steps, was clear about where she could help me, and where I would be better served seeking other counsel. I really felt like she was looking out for my best interest! Great experience and would definitely recommend to others!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Di Santo LLP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Chair
  • CyberlawStudio, Pllc
  • 2004 - Present
  • In-house Counsel
  • Vixlet LLC
  • 2014 - 2015
  • General Counsel
  • Webemerge
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Intern
  • Doris Ling-Cohan
  • 1999 - 1999
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  • Harvard University Law School
  • Computer Science for Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • BA
  • 1995
  • The Juilliard School
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Business Financing
  • Successfully negotiated terms preserving control to founder group while fair to investors.
  • Content Licensing & Syndication
  • Successfully closed with program launched in Spring 2017 through major media channels.


  • Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Out in Tech, Inc.
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Treasurer
  • 2015 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • French
  • Japanese
  • English
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Honors and Awards

  • 1st Place
  • International Intellectual Property Society Paper Competition
  • 1999
  • MCI International Law Fellowship
  • MCI
  • 1997
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Committee: LGBTQ+ mentoring event
  • 2022
  • Start-Up Acceleration Forum
  • Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation
  • 2017
  • NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference
  • Inspire the Crowd, the Rise of Crowdfunding
  • 2013
  • NY American Bar Association Roundtable
  • Relevance of Reasonable Royalties to Copyright Infringement Remedies
  • 2012
  • NYC Bar Association
  • Careers in Technology Law
  • 2011
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Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Julia is a fantastic lawyer who offers top-notch corporate and incorporation services to her clients. I have worked with her on several matters and I have benefited from her knowledge. I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Julia is an excellent lawyer, delivering great services to her clients with sincerity and integrity. We have collaborated on several matters and I appreciate her knowledge and wisdom. I highly recommend her."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I initially worked with Julia, successfully, on a matter where we were on opposite sides. Since then, we have collaborated on several matters for my clients requiring California law advice. She is smart, practical and reliable. I recommend her highly."
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Santa Monica Corporate and incorporation Lawyer Julia Cheng
Julia Cheng
Corporate and incorporation Attorney
Santa Monica, CA
Licensed for 23 years
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