Dawn Belt

Partner, Corporate  

Co-Chair, Hiring Committee

Mountain View 650.335.7830



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, Nimble Storage’s $1.2 billion acquisition by HPE and significant venture financings for consumer and enterprise-facing technology companies such as Brandless, Dropbox, Minerva Project, Optimizely, Silver Peak Systems and Proterra.

Dawn advises company executives and boards of directors on financial reporting and disclosure issues, securities offerings and corporate governance matters. She 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.

Dawn has been honored by a host of prominent legal and business publications:

  • The Recorder named Dawn a Women Leader in Tech Law (2019, 2017)
  • The Daily Journal recognized Dawn as one of California’s Top Women Lawyers (2018)
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal named Dawn among Silicon Valley's 100 most influential women (2017)

Representative Transactions:

  • in its $216M IPO 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

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.