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William H. Bromfield

Partner, Corporate  

Seattle 206.389.4532

Overview

Bill Bromfield represents technology companies at all stages of their life cycles – from formation and fundraising through strategic transactions and public offerings. Angel and venture investors also turn to Bill for advice and guidance on investment transactions in the technology space, particularly those in the media, Internet, e-commerce, mobile applications, gaming and SaaS.

A former in-house attorney at two technology companies, Bill is uniquely qualified to help entrepreneurs and early-stage companies navigate the critical legal and business issues involved in starting a technology company. His clients rely on him for practical and timely advice on market terms, industry trends and fundraising opportunities so that they have the right information with which to make critical legal and business decisions.

Bill very much values building long-standing relationships with his clients and continues to advise them as they grow and evolve on general corporate matters, securities issues, employment matters and management and board fiduciary duties.

Representative Experience

Bill has significant experience representing both companies and investors in corporate, securities and M&A transactions. Specifically, over his career, he has:

  • Formed and acted as outside general counsel to 100s of startups.
  • Represented companies in negotiating and closing investments totaling over $1 billion in the aggregate.
  • Represented over 50 startups in implementing successful exit strategies.
  • Represented a sizeable number of major VC funds and corporate strategic investors in investments across multiple technology industries.
  • Acted as outside general counsel to numerous public companies.

What Can You Expect When You Work with Bill?

Working with Bill means having an attorney who will provide practical, creative and thoughtful legal advice in a highly efficient manner, who values long-term client relationships and who is committed to treating each of his clients, whether large or small, with significant personal attention.

More about Bill

Bill frequently writes and speaks on legal and business issues related to venture capital financing, Sarbanes-Oxley and other corporate and securities matters. Chambers USA has named Bill an "Up and Coming" lawyer and a leader in his field, and Washington Law and Politics magazine has named him a "Rising Star" and a “Super Lawyer” over his career. Bill serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business.

Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Bill was a partner with DLA Piper, served as chief counsel for Terabeam Corporation, and was associate general counsel for Network Commerce.

When not at work, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys, as well as boating, listening to new music, kayaking, skiing, hiking, watching movies and TV and searching for the next “cool” electronic gadgets.