Maureen Dorney and Chiara Portner are partners with Paradigm Counsel LLP, a Silicon Valley law firm providing innovative legal services to emerging growth and technology companies. Paradigm’s lawyers function as an integral part of their client’s business team and offer flexible and creative billing arrangements.

After working at large law firms for over 20 years, Maureen Dorney founded Paradigm Counsel in 2008. Chiara Portner joined the firm shortly thereafter, after her tenure at a large law firm. Finding a more nimble and practical way to deliver the same client service typically desired from major law firms was the initial inspiration for Maureen to create a new firm.

Maureen and Chiara regularly advise clients on matters such as technology and intellectual property transactions, clean technol­ogy, outsourcing, privacy compliance, web and mobile content and sales, and marketing agreements. Their breadth of knowl­edge and depth of experience in these areas significantly bene­fits clients across a range of technology sectors, providing clients instant familiarity with their business and legal issues. Maureen and Chiara are valued by their clients as versatile legal counsel, frequently called upon to join clients at their negotiation table.

Paradigm Counsel uses a team approach, giving clients the benefit of interdisciplinary and broad industry experience from attorneys and paralegals who formerly served clients from within large law firms and in-house legal departments. The result is attorneys and paralegals who excel at providing sophisticated, cutting-edge advice, which is efficient, practical and cost-effective. Paradigm Counsel’s tight-knit and well-practiced group of 10 attorneys enables the firm to quickly scale up or down as required by projects, while also fostering collaboration among team members to achieve the best results for clients.

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