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Dr. Ali Alemozafar is a member of the patents and innovations practice in the San Francisco/SOMA office, where he focuses his practice on strategic intellectual property counseling in a diverse range of technical fields, including diagnostics, tools, genomics, digital health, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, materials, and various engineering fields. His expertise includes patent strategy, patent prosecution, and patent diligence for financings, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings. Ali has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in the United States and other jurisdictions, including Europe, China, and Japan. He provides legal advice to companies at various stages of growth, from pre-financing start-ups to public companies.

Ali earned his J.D. in 2010 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2004 and a B.S. from Cornell University in 1999. Subsequent to his work at Stanford, Ali completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard University.

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Based in the firm’s San Francisco office, Beth George represents companies in complex cybersecurity and data security matters, including providing advice on legal challenges companies experience with respect to preparing for and responding to cybersecurity breaches. She advises clients on internal and government investigations, privacy and compliance, and responding to law enforcement requests for data. Her practice includes advising boards on cybersecurity governance and preparing companies for security incidents, including through hosting table top exercises. Prior to joining WSGR, Beth served in several high-ranking positions in government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, and the Office of the White House Counsel.

Beth earned her J.D. in 2010 from New York University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and served as an articles editor for the New York University Law Review. She received a B.A. from New York University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

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Ryan Greecher is based in the Wilmington office, where he concentrates his practice on providing Delaware corporate law advice with respect to fiduciary duties and statutory requirements through the various steps in a company's life cycle, including incorporation, preferred stockholder investments, purchases and sales of assets, dividends and capital repurchases, tender offers and mergers and acquisitions, and liquidations and dissolutions. He also has represented private and public company boards of directors and special committees in negotiating and drafting various corporate transactions and provided corporate advice in the litigation context to defend such actions.

Ryan earned his J.D. in 2008 from the University of Virginia School of Law. He received a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 2005.

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Based in the firm’s Palo Alto office, Dana Hall represents clients in connection with all manner of debt financing transactions. He has substantial experience advising borrowers, issuers, lenders, and underwriters in a wide range of transactions, including single-lender and syndicated credit facilities, leveraged buyouts and acquisition finance, venture lending transactions, restructurings and workouts, cross-border transactions, first and second lien facilities, mezzanine facilities, bridge financings, high-yield and convertible debt securities, and other complex financing transactions.

Dana earned his J.D. in 2009 from the William & Mary Law School. He received an A.B. from Cornell University in 2006, graduating with distinction.

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Seth Helfgott practices corporate and securities law in the San Francisco/SOMA office, where he advises on corporate and securities law, including start-ups, venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. He represents private technology companies across a diverse range of technology industries and geographies. Seth also represents numerous investment funds including venture capital, growth equity, and hedge funds, as well as public companies investing in private technology companies.

Seth earned his J.D. in 2009 from the Fordham University School of Law, where he served as a member of the Environmental Law Review. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 2005.

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Based in Seattle, Bryan King focuses his practice on representing emerging growth companies, venture capital firms, investment banks, and public companies in corporate and securities law matters. In addition to ongoing corporate counsel, he represents clients in conjunction with public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. Bryan has represented clients across a range of life sciences and technology sectors, including the biotech, pharmaceutical, software-as-a-service (SaaS), mobile, and financial industries.

Bryan earned his J.D. in 2007 from the University of Washington School of Law, graduating with honors. He received a B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University in 2001, graduating cum laude.

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Ben Labow is a member of the antitrust practice in the San Francisco office, where he advises clients on antitrust issues related to mergers and acquisitions and provides ongoing antitrust counseling on pricing and distribution issues (such as resale price maintenance, price discrimination, most-favored-nation, and exclusivity clauses), joint ventures, information exchanges, trade associations, IP licensing, and unilateral conduct (such as refusals to deal). He has extensive experience representing clients in connection with antitrust investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, the European Commission, and other antitrust agencies. Prior to joining the firm, Ben was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and a deputy attorney general in the Antitrust Section of the California Attorney General’s Office.

Ben earned his J.D. in 2003 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he served as a managing editor of the Oklahoma Law Review. He received a B.F.A. from New York University in 1997.

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Lauren Lichtblau is based in Palo Alto, where she practices corporate and securities law. Lauren represents companies at all stages of their life cycle, from start-ups to mature public companies, as well as venture capital firms and other institutional investors. She has a broad range of experience working with private and public companies on general corporate and transactional matters, including public offerings and venture capital financings. She regularly advises public companies on corporate governance, SEC compliance, and disclosure matters.

Lauren earned her J.D. in 2009 from the University of San Francisco School of Law, graduating cum laude. She received a B.A. from Tulane University in 2003.

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Ethan Lutske is based in the firm’s San Francisco office, where his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions. He represents technology and life sciences clients in both public and private mergers, as well as in conjunction with tender offers, asset acquisitions, stock purchases, joint ventures, and other strategic corporate transactions. In addition to transactions involving companies based in the U.S. and North America, Ethan also represents clients engaged in complex leveraged or cross-border deals.

Ethan earned his J.D. in 2010 from New York University School of Law. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007.

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Based in San Diego, Zachary Myers specializes in corporate and securities law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and ongoing corporate counseling. He has substantial experience representing late-stage and public company clients in the technology and life sciences sectors—especially biotechnology and medical device companies—in complex, high-value transactions. Zach also has technology licensing experience and has advised clients on numerous licensing and technology transfer agreements.

Zach earned his J.D. in 2008 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and served as a member of the San Diego Law Review. He received a B.S. from Claremont McKenna College in 2003.

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Christopher Paniewski is a member of the technology transactions practice in Palo Alto. He routinely advises clients on outsourcing transactions, commercial agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and other technology-related matters such as licenses, supply agreements and strategic relationships. His clients cover all stages, from early start-ups to global enterprises, and conduct business in various sectors, including the following: fintech, clean tech, consumer products, cloud computing, IoT, enterprise software, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, and drones. He strives to provide clients with meaningful and practical advice that is tailored to their needs.

Christopher earned his J.D. in 2007 from George Washington University Law School, graduating cum laude. He received a B.A. from the University of Miami in 2004, graduating cum laude.

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Tracy Rubin is a member of the technology transactions practice in Palo Alto, where she focuses on complex intellectual property transactions, such as technology asset carve-outs, spinouts, patent portfolio acquisitions, and technology mergers and acquisitions, supporting clients in a variety of technology-driven industries and through all stages of growth. She also advises clients on initial public offerings, strategic investments, and a wide range of licensing matters, including settlement agreements, university licensing agreements, joint development agreements, and other agreements pertaining to technology licensing, development, and distribution.

Tracy earned her J.D. in 2009 from Stanford Law School. She received a B.A. from Amherst College, graduating magna cum laude.

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Based in the firm’s San Francisco/SOMA office, Adam Shevell is a member of the technology transactions practice and advises technology companies at all stages of development, from start-ups to global enterprises. He also represents angel investors, venture capital firms, and other institutions in the start-up ecosystem. Adam has substantial experience advising clients in the autonomous vehicle and connected mobility sectors, in addition to clients operating in the digital health, fintech, on-demand services, artificial intelligence, SaaS, social media, and enterprise software industries.

Adam earned his J.D. in 2007 from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he served as a senior editor of the Journal of Internal Law and International Relations. He received an M.S. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Politics of the World Economy, graduating with merit, and a B.S. from McGill University in Biodiversity and Conservation, graduating with great distinction.

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Matt Staples is based in Austin, where he counsels companies in a number of industries regarding privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, and other information security issues. He helps clients navigate issues arising from novel and innovative data practices by offering practical risk assessments and pragmatic advice. Matt’s experience as a transactional attorney allows him to address privacy, data security, and other matters relating to data in the context of various transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, securities offerings, outsourcing transactions, strategic alliances, and other corporate transactions.

Matt earned his J.D. in 2004 from UC Berkeley School of Law, where he served as an executive editor at the California Law Review, a senior executive editor at the Berkeley Business Law Journal, and managing editor at the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He received a B.S. from Washington State University in 2000, where he graduated summa cum laude.

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Based in Palo Alto, Lianna Whittleton concentrates her practice on representing technology clients in corporate and securities transactions. Her clients range from venture-backed start-ups and entrepreneurs to late-stage private entities and public companies. She counsels entrepreneurs on formation, venture capital financings, corporate governance, and employment matters. Lianna also regularly represents issuers and underwriters in connection with initial public offerings and other capital market transactions. She also provides on-going corporate advice to clients.

Lianna earned her J.D. in 2009 from George Washington University Law School. She received a B.A. from the University of Southern California in 2005.

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Scott Zimmermann is a member of the energy and infrastructure practice in San Francisco, where he focuses his practice on representing leading and emerging companies and their investors active in the evolving markets of the new energy economy. His focus is in solar, energy storage, energy efficiency, cogeneration, and distributed energy resources. He also helps his clients develop and finance the next generation of energy and infrastructure technologies and assets in other developing industries such as water, nuclear, and electric vehicles. Scott advises his clients on project development, project finance, private equity, structured finance, project acquisitions, joint ventures, and start-up counseling.

Scott earned his J.D. in 2008 from Berkeley Law. He received an M.S. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley in 2008 and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University in 1996.

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