Fenwick corporate partner Michael Esquivel has been named among the top 100 lawyers in California by the Daily Journal for the third consecutive year.
The legal publication’s annual Top 100 list honors lawyers doing cutting-edge legal work.
Esquivel provides strategic counseling to both emerging and high-growth companies, handling all aspects of general corporate and corporate securities law. He also represents venture capitalists and investment banks that are fueling innovation in the healthtech, consumer and enterprise tech, social networking, software, and cloud computing industries.
“Our companies like to move at warp speed,” Esquivel told the Daily Journal. “Part of the art of my job is making sure we’re looking at all the angles. The challenge is making sure we’re analyzing issues and thinking about, ‘What are the implications down the line?’”
The publication highlighted some of Esquivel’s noteworthy work over the past year, including representing Omada Health, a digital care program that empowers people to achieve their health goals through sustainable lifestyle change, in a $73 million financing led by Wellington Management Company LLP; a $88 million Series B financing for Calm, an app for sleep, meditation and relaxation; and a $100 million Series D financing for Hippo Insurance, a high growth insurtech company.
In addition to Omada Health, Calm and Hippo, Esquivel advises many other leading companies and venture capital firms, including Andreessen Horowitz, AppLovin, Boxed, Everlane, Figma, Freenome, GGV Capital, Latch, Nurx, Rock Health, Saildrone, Sequoia Capital and Tile.
Esquivel co-chairs Fenwick’s healthtech practice, leads the firm’s Life Sciences Legal Insights blog and also teaches venture capital law at Stanford Law School. He receives consistent recognition for the excellence of his work and has been honored among the United States’ leading lawyers for work with emerging companies by both Chambers USA and The Legal 500.