Sam advises founders, boards of directors, startup/venture-backed and mature companies and investors in a broad set of transactions, including early and late stage equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures and corporate governance and board members.

Chambers USA consistently ranks Sam among the leading lawyers for startups and emerging companies, most recently in 2020. In 2020, The Legal 500 also highlighted Sam among the United States’ leading lawyers for venture capital and emerging companies work. Sam was also named a 2018 BTI Client Service All-Star for his superior client service.

Prior to joining Fenwick, Sam practiced commercial lending law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Sam was a founder and the chief executive officer of Design Look Publications, a publisher of fine art calendars and other published gift products.

Sam sits on the advisory board of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley. He also frequently lectures at the Haas School of Business and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

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  • Representative Transactions
    • Airbnb, incorporated company, long-term corporate counsel for multiple equity/debt financings (announced) totaling over $2.3B, multiple acquisitions
    • Github, $7.5B acquisition by Microsoft and multiple equity financings totaling over $350M (announced)
    • Turo, long-term corporate counsel for multiple equity/debt financings (announced) totaling over $500 million, and multiple acquisitions
    • 1661 (GOAT), long-term corporate counsel for multiple equity/debt financings (announced) totaling over $200 million, and multiple acquisitions, including the acquisition of Flight Club
    • Marin Software, incorporated company, multiple equity/debt financings through IPO
    • Upwork, multiple equity financings for oDesk (predecessor of Upwork), merger with Elance to form Upwork
    • HelloSign's acquisition by Dropbox
    • Zinc’s acquisition by ServiceMax
    • Glint’s acquisition by LinkedIn
    • TSheets’ acquisition by Intuit
    • Kosmix’s acquisition by Walmart Labs
    • Naxon’s ( acquisition of
    • Ingenio’s acquisition by AT&T Yellow Pages
    • Junglee’s acquisition by
    • Blue Lava Wireless (Tetris) acquisition by and license to JAMDAT Mobile
    • Qik’s acquisition by Skype
    • Shotgun Software and Tweak Software’s acquisition by Autodesk
    • DeviantArt’s acquisition by
    • JotSpot’s acquisition by Google
    • Next New Media’s acquisition by Google
    • Broadbase Software’s acquisition by Kana Communications
    • Spectrum Astro’s acquisition by General Dynamics
    • Vantra Group’s acquisition by ADP
    • MuDynamics’ acquisition by Spirent Communications
    • Cloudscape’s acquisition by Informix
    • In-System Design’s acquisition by Cypress Semiconductor

Representative Clients

  • 1661
  • Airbnb
  • Airtable
  • Boku
  • Class Dojo
  • Datera
  • DocSend
  • Drishti
  • GitHub
  • Glint
  • HelloSign
  • Imgur
  • Junglee
  • Kosmix
  • Linden Research
  • Marin Software
  • Mynd
  • Quizlet
  • Recruit Holdings
  • Samba TV
  • Skip Transport
  • Sojern
  • Toyota Motor
  • Turo
  • Upwork
  • Voxer
  • WeeCare

Education & Admissions

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Executive Articles Editor of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review

B.A., Law and Society
University of California, Santa Barbara

Admitted to practice in California

Member of The Bar Association of San Francisco and the American Bar Association


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