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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
Hourly ($295-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1993||10/09/2009|
|Manager and Founder||Sean Hogle PC||2006 - Present|
|General Counsel||Aplix Corporation||2002 - 2006|
|Assistant General Counsel||Sun Microsystems, Inc.||1998 - 2001|
|Associate||Moye White||1995 - 1998|
|Judicial Law Clerk||U.S. District Court||1993 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2007 - Present|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association||N/A||1996 - Present|
|International Technology Law Association (Computer Law Association)||N/A||1996 - Present|
|Computer & Internet Lawyer||Conditions vs. Covenants: California Rulings Threaten the Practical Enforceability of Open Source Licenses||2008|
|Computer & Internet Lawyer||Unauthorized Derivative Source Code||2001|
|William and Mary Law Review||The Employee as Investor: The Case for Universal Application of the Federal Securities Laws to Employee Stock Ownership Plans||1992|
|William & Mary Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|James Madison University||Finance||B.B.A.||1990|
|Open Source in Mobile Conference||The Debate Over Boundaries: An Analysis of GPLv2 and Derivative Works||2009|
|Open Source in Mobile Conference||World Beyond GPL||2008|
|Open Source in Mobile Conference||Establishing Open Source Projects and How Do You Choose the Right License||2008|
|Open Source in Mobile Conference||GPL Version 3: What the License Means to You and Minimizing Legal Risks of Open Source Licensing||2007|
|Marin Bar Association||Resolving Domain Name Disputes||2007|
|Regis Media Day - CSPAN Televised Event||From Gutenberg to Gates: Publishing in the Electronic Age||1997|