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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Mergers and Acquisitions
Technology and Commercial Transactions
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.
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.
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.
Pamela Lambert has over four years of legal experience representing a wide variety of corporate clients ranging from emerging growth to mid-market companies and the venture capital funds investing in those entities. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Pamela practiced as a corporate associate at Royse Law Firm, PC. Before attending UCLA School of Law, Pamela was a corporate and securities paralegal at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villenueve & Hachigian, LLP.
Pamela’s practice focuses on advising and cultivating private companies from startup to exit. She counsels and advocates for clients at all stages and on a variety of corporate transactional matters including: entity formation, preparing for and receiving angel and venture funding, attending and advising clients at board meetings, investment fund formation, corporate governance, securities compliance, corporate reorganizations, structuring and achieving an exit, and related corporate operational issues.
Pamela is an enthusiastic San Francisco Bay Area sports fan, and in her spare time, when not cheering for her favorite teams, can be found running in or training for a 5K or 10K. Pamela enjoys eating, drinking, laughing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Pamela earned her B.A. degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in California.
Heidi Klein has over six years of legal experience in the areas of licensing, commercial contracts, privacy, entertainment, intellectual property, and technology-based transactions. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Heidi was a senior associate in the Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions group at Royse Law Firm, PC. Heidi has also held positions with Viacom Media Networks and Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith, LLP.
Heidi regularly represents and counsels domestic and multinational companies on matters involving, technology, content and open source licensing, commercial transactions, trademark and brand protection, video game licensing and distribution, privacy laws, data collection and cross border data compliance, and commercial and intellectual property aspects of financing and acquisition transactions.
Heidi earned her B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her J.D. degree and the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the Whittler Law School. Heidi was also awarded Fellowship from the Center of Intellectual Property at Whittier Law School. Heidi is admitted to practice law in California.
Heidi enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on, getting lost on reddit, and eating pizza with the perfect wine. In her spare time, when she is not hiking the hills of Silicon Valley, you can find her traveling and discovering new places.
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
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.
Jackie brings a solution-oriented mindset and thoughtful approach that fosters creativity and innovation. She drives collaboration through dynamic partnerships to generate practical, actionable advice. Jackie’s philosophy is that the culture and values of an organization should inform the “how” in any data protection initiative.
Prior to Paradigm Counsel and Enlightened Privacy, Jackie was Senior Privacy Counsel at Intuit, the maker of TurboTax and QuickBooks . While at Intuit, she was a key player in the company’s GDPR compliance initiatives, driving cross-functional teams across the business. For example, she led the company’s records of processing initiatives and all GDPR compliance work for human resources data, which included developing strategies to handle data subject rights. She also developed intra-group agreements to help facilitate compliant cross-border transfers of EU data.
Beyond GDPR, Jackie specializes in building a structured data privacy compliance programs for companies to deploy across business units. Jackie also has experience in HR privacy issues.
Prior to Intuit, Jackie advised mostly start-up clients on U.S. and global data protection and privacy matters at Cooley LLP. Prior to Cooley, Jackie advised large and mid-size clients in global data protection and privacy compliance as well as commercial transactions at Baker & McKenzie in Chicago.
Jackie received her law degree from the University of Illinois, where she served as an Associate Editor of the Illinois Law Review. She also received a Master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois. Jackie is admitted to the Bar in California and Illinois. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Jackie also has a certification in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
Jennifer Han has over six years of legal experience representing private companies on a wide array of tax and corporate matters. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Jennifer practiced as a senior associate in the Tax group and associate in the Corporate and Securities, and Mergers and Acquisitions groups at Royse Law Firm, PC.
Jennifer’s practice focuses on advising and representing emerging growth to mid-market companies on a variety of corporate and transactional matters including: entity formation, private equity financings, general corporate governance, securities compliance, corporate reorganizations, other strategic transactions, and related tax matters.
Jennifer earned her B.A. degree in Organizational Sociology from University of California, Davis, her J.D. degree and Business Certificate of Concentration from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and her LL.M. in Taxation from University of San Francisco School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in California.
Jennifer enjoys cooking (and eating) all types of cuisines and is an avid San Jose Sharks fan. In her spare time, she enjoys hunting, abalone diving, admiring classic cars, using power tools, and running around Home Depot.
David Fligor has over 17 years’ experience primarily focused on technology transactions and intellectual property strategy, counseling and protection. David also teaches Technology Licensing as an adjunct professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law.
David has advised technology and digital media companies at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Progress LLP and his own solo law practice. David also brings a deep understanding of client challenges having worked for a substantial part of his career as a senior in house lawyer for public and private technology companies, including as General Counsel and Associate General Counsel. He also spent more than 3 years as a corporate and business development executive for public technology companies.
David has advised in a wide range of industries spanning semiconductors, mobile broadband infrastructure, networking, video storage and streaming technology, IoT, SaaS, enterprise software, contract manufacturing, medical devices, mobile apps, and clean technology.
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David earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati and his J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is also registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
David previously served on the Board of Directors of HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County and has provided pro bono legal assistance through the LACY Guardianship Representation Project of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.
In his spare time, David reads, plays basketball and disc golf, coaches youth basketball and baseball, spends time with his wife and two kids, and attempts to stay current on emerging legal technologies.
Jon Golub has more than 12 years of experience as a tax attorney, advising all types of companies and founders with respect to the tax consequences of business transactions. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Jon practiced at the Royse Law Firm, PC in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Orange County, as a tax attorney to corporations, LLCs, limited partnerships, investment funds, S corporations, foreign entities, investors, founders and other individuals. Jon also regularly acts as co-counsel to non-tax attorneys, at more than 20 California law firms, helping them better serve the needs of their clients as their de facto outsourced tax department.
Jon’s advice often starts with the formation of a new business, where he helps founders with entity selection and determination of an optimal corporate structure. Decisions regarding the initial capitalization and equity compensation have lasting impact on the company and founders, and Jon advises as to the proper structuring and drafting of stock grants, option plans, incentive plans, profits interests and other equity-linked compensation arrangements. As a business grows, equity vests and often trades hands, creating additional tax planning opportunities and pitfalls. Jon has advised as to the tax consequences and drafting of the legal documentation for more than 150 M&A transactions, including, typical exits, joint ventures and other business combinations.
Jon performs a similar function for investment funds by recommending a structure for the fund, which is often driven by tax concerns, and preparing the legal agreements to create and capitalize the fund. He has represented typical venture capital funds, specialized funds that purchase equity in secondary markets, real estate funds, funds that target particular industries (ranging from health/biosciences to agriculture), and the organizers of special purpose vehicle (SPV) investments.
Jon earned his B.S. in astrophysics from UCLA, his J.D. from Washington and Lee University, and his L.L.M. in tax from NYU.
When Jon isn’t at work, he is typically either traveling, gardening, woodworking or carting his two sons between school and sports.
Tim Coxon is a corporate and securities law attorney who counsels private
investment fund sponsors on fund formation, operations, compliance and
investment transactions. Tim also represents startup and emerging growth
companies on incorporation, financings, mergers and acquisitions and general
Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Tim served for three years as in-house
counsel to Ackrell Capital, an SEC-registered investment bank, where he managed
the firm’s cannabis fund operations and advised on the firm’s private placement
and M&A engagements. Tim previously spent nine years at Royse Law Firm, a
Silicon Valley corporate and tax firm, where he focused on venture capital fund
formation, corporate finance transactions and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to law school, Tim developed financial and economic analyses for use in
corporate litigation and regulatory matters as a consultant with LECG, a global
expert services and consulting firm. Tim also served for seven years as an
adjunct professor in the MBA program at the Santa Clara University Leavey School
Tim holds a J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law, an M.A. in
Mathematics from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from
the University of Texas at Austin.
Danielle Lan is a corporate lawyer representing companies and investors in a variety of corporate and transactional matters. Her practice emphasizes technology and emerging growth industries and Danielle has extensive experience assisting clients on entity formation, debt and equity financings (company and investor side representation), mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and general business operational matters.
Previously, Danielle practiced in the area of municipal finance law where she represented the State of California, cities, counties, and securities underwriters in tax-exempt financial transactions. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Danielle practiced law at Sidley Austin LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Danielle earned her B.A. degree in International Relations from Pomona College and her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 2002. Danielle is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
In her spare time, Danielle enjoys camping with her family and kayaking the Smith River along the California-Oregon border.
Alan has extensive experience as a partner and senior counsel with internationally recognized law firms counseling small and large business enterprises in the areas of general corporate and securities matters, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, international law and transactions, strategic business alliances, technology transfers and intellectual property.
Alan has also held senior legal and management positions with several technology-based businesses.
He is a prolific author of practical guidance and tools for legal and financial professionals, managers, entrepreneurs and investors. Making him one of the best-selling individual authors in the global legal publishing marketplace.
Alan has been an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities, including Berkeley Law, Golden Gate University, Hastings College of Law, Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco, teaching classes on corporate finance, venture capital, corporate governance, Japanese business law and law and economic development.
He has also launched and oversees projects relating to sustainable entrepreneurship and ageism.
Alan received his A.B., M.B.A., and J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, a D.B.A. from Golden Gate University, and a Ph. D. from the University of Cambridge.
John Oliverius is a transactional attorney and former business affairs executive with over eighteen years of legal experience in licensing, commercial, and corporate transactions, chiefly counseling entertainment and sports media industry rightsholders. At Paradigm, John’s focus is commercial and IP transactions and corporate representation of companies at the intersection of technology, innovation, and media and entertainment, including esports and sports-centric early-stage ventures.
John began practicing law as a corporate associate in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice of Greenberg Traurig, LLP in New York City, and later served as a business affairs executive in a variety of roles at NBC Universal, Viacom Media Networks, A+E Networks, and Pac-12 Networks. Over his legal career, John has led a broad range of domestic and international content licensing, distribution and media rights deals involving a myriad of technology platforms, and other matters including M&A, MFN analysis, retransmission consent, FCC compliance, and broadcast production.
John brings to his practice fluency in esports as well as traditional sports media. He is the publisher of the China Esports Biz newsletter following industry developments in the world’s largest esports market, and is a regular speaker on topics involving the business of esports in Asia. In recent years he has provided business consulting for sports and esports organizations.
John earned his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and his J.D. from Fordham Law School in New York, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. He is admitted to the bar in New York and California, and is fluent in Mandarin.
John also manages social media for the East Bay Hurricanes, an all-girls division of the East Bay Cyclones travel baseball organization (of which his daughter is not coincidentally a founding member), and supports organizations that are breaking the barriers to youth baseball for girls. In what is left of his spare time, John enjoys photography, cooking Szechuan cuisine, snowboarding, climbing rank in his favorite MOBA, and the constant journey of being an SF Bay Area sports fan.
Allison Mickelson brings a broad range of experience to Paradigm having negotiated technology agreements with large Fortune 500 companies and growing startups. Allison spent over three years of her legal career in-house at a global technology company where she advised business executives and company management on commercial and legal matters, including structuring of subscription pricing terms, settling corporate disputes, and drafting and negotiating customer and vendor agreements. Notably, she designed a company-wide open source program, implemented data privacy protections, and led the IP due diligence efforts during M&A prior to the company’s sale to a prominent private equity firm.
Allison earned her B.A. in Philosophy from St. Olaf College, and her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Minnesota, and she is seeking admission to the State Bar of California.
Allison is a competitive and recreational alpine skier. Allison enjoys following emerging technologies and is a co-leader of an online Philosophy and Technology group.