Dan has over 20 years of experience in counseling emerging high-growth companies in all aspects of their business, both as outside counsel and as a corporate executive. At Fenwick & West, he focuses on the representation of startup companies and venture capital firms in their investments in portfolio companies. He has a particular expertise in guiding start-ups and investors through complex commercial negotiations and financing transactions, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and mergers and acquisitions. Dan has recently represented his venture capital financed company clients in acquisitions by Comcast, QUALCOMM, Google, Salesforce, Nielsen, Baidu and Yahoo and regularly represents his clients in their acquisition transactions.

From 1994 to 2000, Dan served in general counsel and corporate development roles at several venture financed companies. Dan began his career at a prestigious Palo Alto law firm, where he was elected partner in the corporate group in 1993. ​

Dan is a frequent lecturer on startup company formation and financing matters at the Stanford Engineering School and serves on the Stanford Technology Ventures Program Board of Advisors.

Dan lives in Palo Alto with his wife Fern and their son and daughter.

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  • Representative Experience
    • Aquabyte in its $10M Series A financing
    • BeyondCore's acquisition by Salesforce.com
    • DataFox's aquisition by Oracle
    • Notable Health in its $13.5M Series B financing
    • TFG (Wildlife Studios) in its $60M Series A-1 financing
    • Rockset in its $21.5M round of financing
    • White Hat's acquisition by NTT

Representative Clients

  • Ambient AI
  • AtHoc
  • Caring
  • Costanoa Venture Capital
  • DataFox Intelligence
  • Digital Fountain
  • Focal Systems
  • FrameHawk
  • Interana
  • Kanjoya
  • Loggly
  • Luminate
  • Matrix Partners
  • Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Notable Health
  • Peixe Urbano
  • PostPath
  • Ribbit Capital
  • Rockset
  • Shutterfly
  • Skybox Imaging
  • Sutter Hill Ventures
  • TFG (Wildlife Studios)
  • The Carlyle Group
  • Vizu
  • WhiteHat Security

Education & Admissions

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., with distinction, Economics
Stanford University

Admitted to practice in California


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