Business Counsel Group
Tom is a co-founder of Business Counsel Law Group, LLP and has decades of experience working as a lawyer in the venture capital and startup technology company field in Silicon Valley. Tom's core area of law practice is the securities and finance field, with a focus on helping emerging growth companies, venture funds and software and hardware computer companies navigate issues concerning new entity choice/formation, venture financing, securities, capital structure planning, private placements, mergers and acquisitions and licensing transactions.
Tom is also active in the Silicon Valley angel investor community, having founded the Harvard Angels (alumni angel group for HBS NorCal and Harvard Club SF) and the Golden Gate Angels. With regard to his angel activities, Tom focuses on the internet, computer, communications and networking sectors; early-stage investments include Open Table (IPO 2009), Friendster (acquired 2010), Geonet (acquired by Level3), Specialty's Café & Bakery and others.
Prior to co-founding Business Counsel Law Group, LLP, Tom was a partner for 5 years in the San Francisco office of Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP and a partner for 5 years in the San Francisco office of Thelen Reid & Priest, LLP.
Tom holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University, a JD from Harvard Law School and a MBA from Harvard Business School.