Jon Gavenman, Partner

Jon Gavenman is a partner in the Cooley Business department and a member of the Emerging Companies and Securities Regulation practice groups. He joined the Firm in 2008 and is resident in the Palo Alto office.

Mr. Gavenman represents a wide range of companies from start-ups to public companies in the software, semiconductor, telecommunications and internet-related industries. His practice focuses on securities, and merger and acquisition transactions, as well as advising companies on general corporate, securities matters and implications of proposed business transactions.

Mr. Gavenman has represented both issuers and underwriters in numerous public offerings across these industries, and has substantial experience in both buyer and seller-side merger and acquisition transactions and in both issuer and investor-side venture capital and other private financing transactions. Mr. Gavenman has worked on complex international and domestic joint venture transactions. His clients have included Access360, Aspect Communications, Bowman Capital LP, Brio Software, Cirrus Logic, CrossWorlds Software, Fibex Systems, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Grouper Networks, Lam Research Corporation, Matrix Partners, META Group, Meta Software, OSA Technologies, Sequoia Capital, Spinner Networks, Unison Software, and WebTV Networks.

From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Gavenman was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman in its Venture Law Group. Prior to Heller Ehrman, Mr. Gavenman was a director of Venture Law Group. He began his legal career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Mr. Gavenman received a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1991. He received a BA in Mathematical Economics from Pomona College in 1988.

Mr. Gavenman is a member of the State Bar of California and Connecticut.


  • University of California Hastings College of Law
    JD, 1991
  • Pomona College
    BA Mathematical Economics, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Connecticut


  • American Bar Association
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