Maureen S. Dorney has over 20 years of experience representing public and venture-backed technology and media companies. Prior to forming Paradigm Counsel, Maureen chaired the Technology Transactions Group as a partner at Gray Cary and subsequently co-chaired the Technology and Sourcing Group at its successor firm, DLA Piper. Maureen is named in The International Who’s Who of Internet and e-Commerce Lawyers 2008 and, by the Recorder as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Best Lawyers (2012-2013). Maureen regularly lectures on topics such as international property licensing transactions, patent licensing and intellectual property strategy and open source software.
Maureen regularly represents companies in a wide variety of technology and Internet industries, including electronic commerce, software, SaaS, hardware, clean technology and mobile commerce. Clients seek her advice on a broad scope of matters such as privacy compliance, networking and wireless agreements, electronic and wireless gaming agreements, advertising agreements, merchandising and sponsorship agreements, software licensing, outsourcing agreements, strategic intellectual transactions, patent license agreements, standards body agreement, semiconductor agreements, and on-line music distribution. Maureen has extensive experience on issues and agreements related to open source software transactions.
Maureen earned her B.A. in Oriental Languages from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.
Maureen works actively with various non-profit organizations and fair trade companies working to improve the economic and environmental conditions in Africa. She is a founder of With These Hands, a fair trade company working with woman’s groups in Africa to develop and export fine handicrafts that reflect and preserve indigenous cultural traditions. Maureen is also working towards certification as a Pilates instructor.
Kenneth Cramer has been practicing law for over 20 years. He has represented and worked for both public and private companies as an attorney, businessman and executive in a wide variety of technology businesses. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Kenneth practiced in the corporate and technology transactions groups of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a 1200-lawyer firm with a broad, global practice, and before that, Fenwick & West, a 250-lawyer firm based in Silicon Valley that specializes in representing technology companies and venture investors.
Kenneth has a deep understanding of the client’s perspective with his extensive in-house experience as senior counsel at Sun Microsystems and as general counsel of startups Zip2 Corporation (Internet city guide/portal acquired by Compaq/Alta Vista); Opthos Systems (all optical, dynamic DWDM switch for telecommunications networks); and Instill Corporation (supply chain and data management SaaS, acquired by iTrade Networks). His practice includes: Internet (content and community, ecommerce, B2B and B2C); mobile apps; digital media and video games; software and SaaS; computer and networking systems, devices and components (including storage, optical, wireless and mobile); cleantech technologies and services (including solar); medical devices and nutraceuticals.
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Kenneth earned his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MBA from the Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kenneth is a Board member of Science is Elementary, a not-for-profit that organizes and coordinates teams of volunteer scientists and engineers from local businesses and universities to teach science projects in elementary schools. Kenneth also volunteers for Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Special Olympics and Boy Scouts of America.
Kenneth has traveled extensively through Mexico, Netherlands, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China.
Andrew Zeif has over 25 years of legal experience representing both private and public companies across a range of corporate matters. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Andrew practiced for over ten years as a partner at DLA Piper (formerly Gray Cary), a global law firm with large, world-wide early-stage technology practice. Prior to that, Andrew lived in New York City and practiced law for nine years at several corporate law firms, including Proskauer Rose LLP, before immigrating to Silicon Valley.
Andrew routinely counsels clients in a wide variety of technology domains including: networking and communications technologies, business-to-business and business-to-consumer internet-based services, SaaS, cloud, enterprise and mobile applications software. Many of his clients are emerging growth companies and he provides advice through seed and venture financings, buy and sell-side M&A transactions and public offerings. During this life cycle, Andrew acts as a de facto outside general counsel helping to manage his client’s legal and business affairs.
Andrew earned his B.A. in Anthropology and History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. degree at Fordham University. He is admitted to practice law in California and New York.
Andrew rides mountain bikes and is a competitive rower when not cooking and watching soccer (Manchester, Oranje, Stanford Women). In his next life or maybe this one, Andrew will live in Amsterdam. In the meantime, he spends a fair amount of time in Brooklyn.
Chiara Portner has over 14 years of legal experience in the areas of privacy and security compliance, licensing, commercial contracts, intellectual property and technology-based transactions. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Chiara was an attorney in the Technology and Sourcing group at the international law firm DLA Piper (formerly Gray Cary). Chiara also practiced law in the City Attorney’s Office for Redwood City, California and worked at the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati.
Chiara advises clients on commercial transactions, open source and dual license models, technology, content and music licensing, and commercial and IP aspects of financing and acquisition transactions. Chiara’s practice also includes advising clients on privacy and data protection compliance matters. Chiara holds the certificate for CIPP/US for U.S. private-sector privacy from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the global standard in privacy certification. The CIPP/US certification demonstrates a strong knowledge of U.S. private-sector privacy laws and requirements for global transfers of data. Chiara’s clients include B2B and B2C companies that range from small software, mobile app, IoT and SaaS startups to e-tailers and clothing brands to large public companies.
Chiara earned her B.A. degree in Political Science, with minors in biology and Spanish language, at the University of California at San Diego and her J.D. degree and the Certificate in High Technology Law from the Santa Clara University School of Law.
Chiara enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. She is happiest when she has a good fiction book to read. You may also find her at the barre studio or gardening and trying to grow tomatoes and basil as well as her Italian grandmother.
Spencer Raff has over 30 years legal experience spanning both in-house and private practice in the United States and Europe. After completing law school, Spencer interned in Scotland and worked for American and British firms in London. After returning to the United States he litigated product liability, insurance defense and commercial transaction cases. He left private practice to join Varian Medical Systems as Division Counsel and subsequently worked in senior legal positions for large and small technology companies such as Adobe, BEA Systems, Openwave, and Support.com. Spencer’s in-house work has given him an appreciation for the speed and practical advice demands of senior management. At Paradigm Counsel, Spencer uses his expertise to focus on technology, IP licensing, commercial contracts and intellectual property transactions
Spencer earned an A.B. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in California, Illinois, and Washington State.
Before going to law school Spencer worked for several years in mechanical drawing and design at a company involved in marine applications of hydraulic power. A decade after law school, he represented one of the parties in the purchase of a Navy project that included some of his earlier drawings.
Spencer’s hobbies include creating chocolate and sugar confections, pastry, Chinese calligraphy, woodworking and macro-crystalline glazed pottery.
Greg Wrenn is a veteran Silicon Valley general counsel. He has over 25 years of legal experience, including 20 years of in-house practice, ten of which was spent serving as General Counsel and Secretary for publicly traded companies in the software and Internet services areas. His philosophy of providing legal services is that of the Sherpa: bringing specialized knowledge and skill as a guide in order to help the team achieve their mission. Greg has empathy, creativity, practicality, expertise, experience, responsiveness, efficiency, and a sincere desire to help business executives reach their goals.
Greg was born and raised in Washington State, where he joined Perkins Coie in Seattle as an associate in 1990 serving in the Trade Regulation and Intellectual Property group. In 1995 he joined Adobe Systems as in-house counsel following its acquisition of Aldus in Seattle. In 1999 Greg and his family moved to California where he joined Yahoo! and served as Deputy General Counsel, International, overseeing the growing company’s international legal matters. In 2004 he became General Counsel for Openwave Systems, then a leader in technology for mobile internet communications, and in late 2006 Greg joined Borland Software where he served as General Counsel until 2009 when it was acquired by MicroFocus. Greg then became General Counsel for Support.com, a leading developer of SaaS systems and services providing remote technical support programs for major national brands. In 2015 Greg joined Paradigm Counsel to open its Seattle office and help bring the firm’s broad range of capabilities to clients in the Pacific Northwest.
Greg received his B.A. in Business Administration at the University of Washington in Seattle, and then worked in marketing and product management with a start-up software company in Seattle, as well as Brøderbund Software in California, then one of the largest consumer software publishers in the U.S. Greg attended law school at Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley, where he received his J.D. in 1990 and was editor-in-chief of the High Technology Law Journal (now the Berkeley Technology Law Journal). During this time he also won national first prize among papers submitted from all accredited law schools in the nation in ASCAP’s annual Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition. He is admitted to practice in Washington and California.
Greg’s hobbies include spending too much time on Reddit. He has traveled extensively, including a week in Cotonou, Benin to support his favorite charity organization, Mercy Ships. He also volunteered in the 2004 Presidential Election in Columbus, Ohio as an advisor on electronic voting systems and voter protection. He loves Black Rock City, Nevada, which he visited in 2009 and 2013 and hopes to visit again in 2016. Greg looks forward to renewing his childhood friendship with Puget Sound and the Salish Sea along with his brother on the aptly named Les Frères.
Donica Forensich has over 11 years of legal experience as an attorney representing both public and private companies across a range of corporate and commercial matters. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Donica was Senior Legal Director at Infinera Corporation and Senior Counsel at Sun Microsystems and an attorney in the Corporate and Securities Group at DLA Piper. Prior to attending law school, Donica spent six years as a corporate paralegal at Fenwick & West, ONI Systems Corp. and Scios Inc.
Donica’s practice includes counseling clients in general corporate and commercial business matters, including: advising emerging growth companies from incorporation through seed and venture financings, counseling international clients in connection with a conversion to a U.S. corporation, advising clients regarding buy and sell-side M&A transaction, helping startups navigate the accelerator process, including many clients in the 500 Startups’ program, drafting and negotiating a wide range of technology licensing and commercial agreements, privacy policies and terms of service, and supporting both start-ups and in-house legal departments.
Donica is a pro bono legal advisor to Cake4Kids, a non-profit dedicated to helping foster kids and at-rick youth feel special on their birthdays by baking and delivering cakes. She is also a pro bono legal advisor to MyDIgitalTat2, a non-profit dedicated to helping schools and communities develop critical-thinking skills they need to manage their own privacy, respect the privacy of others, and use cyber-sense and ethical decision making in their digital lives. In her spare time, Donica enjoys spending time with her son and family, traveling and wine tasting with friends.
Donica earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and her J.D. degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Bruce Sinift has over 30 years’ experience advising and representing clients in real property transactions with an emphasis on commercial leasing. He has represented both commercial investors and non-profits in land development and leasing matters, as well as private parties in purchase and sale of residential property. He advises on transactions with architects and builders for custom construction projects. Bruce represents construction companies and contractors. Bruce’s leasing practice includes advising commercial tenants, landlords, buyers, sellers and real property developers. His clients range from individual property purchasers, owners and investors to commercial start-ups as well as multinational corporations.
Drafted and negotiated office leases and subleases for a variety of clients including technology companies, private investors and investment management entities:
Drafted and negotiated purchase, sale and development agreements for commercial and residential properties, raw land, and build-to-suit transactions:
Bruce earned his B.A. degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University (recipient Alumni Scholarship: highest GPA as a graduating senior in the School of Social Sciences) and his J.D. degree from University of California at Los Angeles School of Law (Distinguished Advocate, Moot Court Program).
In his spare time Bruce enjoys film, SF Giants and all things tech.
Michele Nadan has over 20 years’ experience in the field of intellectual property transactions. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel Michele was an attorney in the Products Technology and Multimedia group at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) and Corporate Counsel for FileMaker, Inc. From 1997-2012 she taught a class on Intellectual Property Transactions at Berkeley Law School (formerly Boalt Hall).
Michele’s practice includes counseling clients in intellectual property and commercial business matters, drafting and negotiating a wide range of technology licensing and commercial agreements, and supporting both start-ups and in-house legal departments. Michele’s clients have included software, hardware and SaaS vendors, as well as IT departments of companies procuring technology.
Michele earned her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at UCLA and her J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She is also a member of the Patent Bar.
Michele’s two boys keep her plenty busy, and if she has any spare time, she enjoys reading, quilting and yoga.
Elizabeth has over 20 years’ experience as a licensing and transactional attorney practicing law in Silicon Valley. Before joining Paradigm Counsel, Elizabeth was an attorney at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper), where she worked in both the corporate and technology transactions groups. Prior to joining Gray Cary, Elizabeth clerked at the California Supreme Court, on the Criminal Central Staff. She also has in-house experience as General Counsel of Interval Research Corporation, an early technology incubator.
For the last ten years, Elizabeth has maintained a technology licensing practice, representing a variety of Silicon Valley companies in a wide range of software, hardware and other commercial transactions.
Elizabeth earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.
In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys tennis and sewing.
Jenelle Cox has over 15 years of legal experience as an attorney representing both public and private companies across a range of corporate matters. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Jenelle spent 13 years as an attorney in the Corporate and Securities Group at DLA Piper.
Jenelle has extensive experience assisting private companies on their formation, corporate governance, equity financing transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.
Jenelle earned her B.A. degree from Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State University), and her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1998.
Jenelle enjoys her family, and spends what seems like nearly all of her free time at her son and daughter’s games, concerts, plays, tournaments, meetings and schools. She once was (and may yet again be) a respectable accordion player, and proudly hails from Nebraska.
Marek Adamo has more than 11 years experience as a corporate lawyer representing emerging companies, investors and public and private corporations. His areas of expertise include entity formation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Marek practiced corporate and securities law at Jones Day and Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Squire Sanders) in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Marek has been recognized as “Rising Star” by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine.
Marek regularly represents clients in the enterprise software, internet commerce, wearable technology, professional services and cleantech spaces. He has deep experience counseling businesses and investors in these industries through capital raising and M&A cycles.
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Marek earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of San Diego. He is admitted to practice law in California.
Marek plays the trumpet and tries valiantly at the piano, ukulele and autoharp. He can often be found hiking Bay Area trails with his family.
Meredith has over 20 years of legal experience, including 15 years as in-house counsel at Microsoft, HTC America and Electronic Arts. Meredith’s practice includes counseling clients on intellectual property and general business matters and drafting and negotiating numerous types of licensing and commercial agreements. She particularly enjoys working with product development teams and providing guidance about consumer protection regulations. She takes a pragmatic approach to solving legal matters within the full context of a company’s business goals.
Meredith started her career in private practice at Riddell Williams and Gray Cary (now DLA Piper), as part of the intellectual property and technology transactions group. Meredith earned her undergraduate degree in History, magna cum laude, from Tufts University. She holds a law degree from Boston University. During law school, she interned for the Honorable Patti. B. Saris, Federal District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.
Meredith provides pro bono legal services with the Eastside Legal Assistance Program to assist survivors of domestic abuse in court proceedings. She also volunteers at Mary’s Place, a social service agency for families living without shelter in Seattle. During the 2016 election year, she served as the Washington State representative to the Victory Leadership Council for Hillary for America.
In her free time, Meredith plays piano, skis and spoils the family dog.
Cathey has over 25 years experience as a corporate and securities paralegal, and as a corporate consultant. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Cathey worked as a paralegal for Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, Venture Law Group and Heller Ehrman.
Cathey specializes in assisting emerging, private companies with organization and incorporations, corporate transactions, state qualifications and subsidiary matters, securities compliance, private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, diligence production and review, stock and option plan set up and administration, capitalization analyses and corporate and securities audits and investor relations.
Cathey graduated with a B.A. degree from Virginia Tech and completed her first year of law school at Santa Clara University School of Law.
Cathey has long been involved as a volunteer coordinating homeless services for her church with EHCLifebuilders, Bill Wilson Center and the Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter. In October 2011, Cathey incorporated and became the executive director of a new non-profit, Faith In Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter, an agency created to provide case management and supervision for homeless men housed at various churches and synagogues in the area. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, traveling and watching football.
Ashley has over 17 years of legal support experience with over six years in corporate paralegal work.
Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel LLP, Ashley worked at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a corporate paralegal focusing on the formation and venture financing of emerging growth companies and was a legal secretary for the corporate group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, including the landmark underwriters case, In re Worldcom.
Ashley focuses on privately-held companies at all stages of development, interspecies mergers and conversions, regulatory process and reporting, due diligence, corporate maintenance, corporate governance, foreign and domestic corporate compliances, stock administration, legal analysis and research, financings, asset sales and corporate spin-offs.
Ashley received her B.A. in International Relations at University of California at Davis with a minor in Japanese and speaks fluent Mandarin.
In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with family, playing volleyball, training for half marathons, helping the community and traveling
Linda has over 14 years of experience as a corporate paralegal. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel LLP, Linda was a Senior Corporate Paralegal at Fenwick & West LLP working with private and public companies in a variety of corporate matters.
Linda specializes in working with emerging growth companies on formation documentation, corporate governance matters, venture capital financings, debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, collection and review of due diligence materials, securities compliance, state qualifications, capitalization matters and stock plan administration.
Linda earned her B.A. in Pre and Early Modern Literature at University of California at Santa Cruz with a minor in History. Linda received her Paralegal Certificate and an A.A. in Paralegal Studies from West Valley College in an ABA-approved paralegal program. She is also a member of the Paralegal Association of Santa Clara County.
In her spare time, Linda enjoys spending time with her family and two Tibetan Terriers, reading mystery novels, getting her hands dirty in her garden and traveling.
Melodee has over 10 years of legal support experience, including over 7 years in management support.
Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel LLP, Melodee worked in the high-tech industry as an operations manager. Before this work, Melodee worked for White & Case LLP, taking on a dual role as a litigation paralegal and office manager. Previous experience also includes working at Gray, Cary, Ware & Friedenrich now known as DLA, as a litigation paralegal. In between working at the law firms and in a high-tech role, Melodee worked at home and raised her children. While this was a demanding job by itself, Melodee stayed active with her children’s school, becoming a PTA board member at their elementary school and working daily in the classrooms as a teacher’s aid.
Melodee received her B.S. in Business Management at University of Phoenix and is working toward completion of her Paralegal Certificate.
In her spare time, Melodee enjoys spending time with family, traveling, gardening, bike riding and baking.