Recognized among top women leaders in technology law, Dawn shepherds emerging and high-growth companies through key moments in their lifecycle. She assists clients with startup formation, venture financings and evaluating exit opportunities and provides guidance on mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, SEC compliance and corporate governance.

Over the last decade, Dawn has worked on a wide range of tech transactions. These include’s $216 million IPO, Facebook’s $16 billion IPO (the largest tech IPO in history at the time), GoPro’s $490 million IPO, ServiceNow’s $241 million IPO, Silver Peak Systems' $925 million acquisition by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Nimble Storage’s $1.2 billion acquisition by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and significant venture financings for consumer and enterprise-facing technology companies, including BuzzFeed, Dropbox, ICEYE, Minerva Project, Optimizely and Proterra.

Dawn advises company executives and boards of directors on financial reporting and disclosure issues, securities offerings and corporate governance matters. She co-chairs Fenwick’s hiring committee and is co-author of the firm’s Gender Diversity Survey, a benchmark report on women’s participation at the most senior levels of public technology and life sciences companies in the Silicon Valley 150 Index and the Standard & Poor’s 100 Index.

Prior to joining Fenwick, Dawn served as a judicial extern for Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, and as an economic consultant specializing in the valuation of technologies and business ventures.

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  • Representative Transactions
    • in its $216M IPO, $534.6M follow-on offering and $100M financing
    • Facebook in its $16B IPO, multiple venture financings and buy-side acquisitions
    • ServiceNow in various transactions, including its $241M IPO, $450.8M follow-on offering, convertible notes offerings and acquisitions
    • GoPro in its $490M IPO, $894M follow-on offering and $175M convertible notes offering
    • Dropbox in multiple venture financings and buy-side acquisitions
    • Nimble Storage in its IPO, follow-on offering and $1.2B acquisition by HPE
    • Proterra in its $155M financing
    • BuzzFeed in its $200M Series F and $200M Series G financings
    • Silver Peak Systems in its $90M strategic investment from TCV
    • ResMed in its joint venture with Verily
    • Jaunt in its joint venture with Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and China Media Capital (CMC)
    • This is L. in its acquisition by Procter & Gamble
    • bebop Technology in its acquisition by Google
    • Quip in its acquisition by
    • Truaxis in its acquisition by MasterCard
    • Formation and financings for the Alliance for American Football
    • Investor-side representations for Redpoint, NEA and other major venture capital funds

Representative Clients

  • Adara Media
  • AltSchool
  • Baobab Studios
  • Brandless
  • BuzzFeed
  • Eventbrite
  • Farfetch
  • GoPro
  • Minerva Project
  • Optimizely
  • Prezi
  • Proterra
  • Quantcast
  • rewardStyle
  • ServiceNow
  • Silver Peak Systems
  • Streamlit

Education & Admissions

J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law
Order of the Coif

M.B.A., Haas School of Business

B.A., Economics and American Studies
Stanford University

Admitted to practice in California


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