I am founder and principal of the Matau Legal Group, which offers a broad range of commercial, licensing, and other legal services to both start-up and established companies in the high tech and biotech industries (see www.mataulegal.com). I also co-founded Open Bar, Inc., a not-for-profit organization focused on legal rights and responsibilities in the world of open source software.
I have spent over twenty years working as inside and outside counsel to computer hardware, computer software and pharmaceutical companies, including Apple Computer, SGI, and Alza Corporation. I was the first lawyer to join VA Linux Systems, Inc. as internal counsel, and served as Vice President, Legal Services for VA during its first year as a public company. After leaving VA, I went on to become Vice President and General Counsel of Kanisa Inc., a privately-held software company based in Cupertino, California, before undertaking my own law practice in 2002.
I am a graduate of Stanford University Law School, and also hold an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. I obtained my B.A. magna cum laude and with distinction in economics from Yale College. I am fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Specialties: Open Source Software, Free Software, FOSS Licensing, General Corporate, Commercial Transactions, Intellectual Property Licensing, Latin American Transactions
Languages spoken: Portuguese, Spanish
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|Founder & Principal||Matau Legal Group||2002 - Present|
|General Counsel||Kanisa, Inc.||2001 - 2002|
|Vice President, Legal Affairs||VA Linux Systems||1999 - 2001|
|Senior Counsel||SGI||1998 - 1999|
|Counsel, Americas International||SGI||1995 - 1998|
|Corporate Attorney||ALZA Corporation||1994 - 1995|
|Counsel||Apple Computer, Inc.||1990 - 1994|
|Attorney||Arnold & Porter, LLP||1988 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The CLUB Silicon Valley||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Bay Brazil||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Women in Technology International||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association||N/A||1990 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||1988 - Present|
|Stanford University Law School||Law||J.D.,||1987|