I've worked on financings, acquisitions and IPOs with attorneys at Skadden Arps, Cooley Godward and Wilson Sonsini but Alan is the best. He is extremely thorough, intelligent, judicious, ethical, knowledgeable and pragmatic. His bills are reasonable. His negotiating skills are formidable, without ever crossing the line into sumo puffery. Unusual for someone with Alan's experience, he is also sympathetic to all the difficulties faced by entrepreneurs at startups. In our particular case, Alan sorted through innumerable irregularities that had piled up in our corporate records after several years of bootstrap operations. When we were struggling to meet new investors, Alan called on his partners across the West Coast to arrange over a dozen meetings for us. Alan also provides lots of advice on board management and corporate governance which has been both wise and savvy. Alan is teamed with a paralegal who will be a godsend for you if you end up working with Orrick; her name is Ellen Welichko. She knows everything, never misses anything; she is just terrifyingly good, too.