Fred’s experience as a business executive, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel and entrepreneur enables him to provide his clients with practical business advice and seasoned legal counsel. He represents emerging growth and mature Fortune 500 companies. Fred’s practice focuses on corporate and technology transactions, including technology licensing and new media agreements, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions.
ENTREPRENEUR: Fred co-founded Fortis General Counsel, LLP, a transactional law firm recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Tier 1 California corporate law firm and by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 50 boutique law firms in California, including the only firm recognized for its licensing practice. After almost a decade at Fortis, Fred joined most of his former partners at Fortis to form his current firm, Acceleron Law Group, LLP.
GENERAL COUNSEL: Fred was previously Vice President and General Counsel of Paciolan, a ticketing software company acquired by Ticketmaster and eventually sold to Comcast-Spectacor, a Comcast company. At Paciolan, Fred managed the legal affairs of Paciolan, which included inbound and outbound licensing transactions, venture capital and debt financings, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, employment counseling and management of outside counsel. Fred negotiated commercial licensing agreements with professional sports teams in the NBA, NHL and MLB, as well as major national universities such as the University of Oregon, University of Alabama, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame and Indiana University.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER: Prior to Paciolan, Fred was the Chief Financial Officer and VP General Counsel of Bitfone Corporation, a wireless software provider acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Fred managed Bitfone’s financial, legal, administrative, human resources and information technology operations in California, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Japan and Korea. Fred negotiated and closed Bitfone’s merger with Digital Transit, Inc., its cross-border acquisition of Mobile Diagnostix and over $50M in venture capital financings, as well as commercial transactions with Motorola, Qualcomm, LG, Sony Ericsson and SK Telecom.
ORANGE COUNTY AND SILICON VALLEY PRIVATE PRACTICE: Fred has over a dozen years of private practice experience in Southern California and Silicon Valley, representing emerging growth companies in connection with their general corporate, technology licensing, financing and M&A activities.
University of Southern California
Spectra Ticketing (a Comcast company)
Kelley Blue Book
Cox Automotive, Inc.
Keck Medical Center of USC
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
E.S. Kluft & Company
Bitfone Corporation (funded by Motorola, Qualcomm, 3i, BlueRun, Prism and Vesbridge; acquired by Hewlett-Packard)
Logical Apps, Inc. (funded by Sequoia Capital and Mission Ventures; acquired by Oracle)
SimpleTech, Inc. a Fabrik company (funded by 3i, ComVentures and Intel Capital Corp; acquired by Hitachi.)
Gatekeeper Systems, Inc.
Velocity11 (funded by Mayfield and acquired by Agilent Technologies)
Afanti, Inc. (funded by Goldman Sachs)
New Enterprise Associates
Ramix, Inc. (acquired by a General Electric company)
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|MBA Honors||University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business||1998|
|Moot Court National Team||University of Southern California Law School||1997|
|Moot Court Honors Program||University of Southern California Law School||1996|
|Partner||Acceleron Law Group, LLP||2016 - Present|
|Founding Partner||Fortis General Counsel, LLP||2005 - 2015|
|VP General Counsel||Paciolan, Inc.||2005 - 2005|
|VP General Counsel and CFO||Bitfone, Inc.||2004 - 2005|
|M&A/International Tax Intern||Ernst & Young||1997 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|ProVisors||Member||2016 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business||JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA||1998|
|University of Southern California Law School||JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA||1998|
|Univ of California at Los Angeles||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|University of California - Los Angeles||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
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