Erik Edwards

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Whether it’s helping an entrepreneur form a company or an investor identify ventures, I enjoy supporting innovation.

About Erik

Erik practices general securities and corporate law, with a focus on emerging growth companies, private financings, initial public offerings, and mergers & acquisitions. Erik represents companies and investors in areas such as software, hardware, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, edtech, cleantech, life sciences, social impact, fashion, retail, unmanned vehicles, media and other technology fields. He works with numerous incubators in the US and internationally, and he speaks regularly on various corporate governance and financing topics.  Erik is the co-chair of Cooley’s firmwide education technology vertical.  He is also a member of Cooley’s pro bono committee and partnership nominating committee.  

Erik also has extensive experience representing and advising small and large family offices on issues including office legal structures and corporate governance, family wealth and business planning, investment strategies, succession and family control, social impact investing, and philanthropic planning.

While at Santa Clara University School of Law, Erik served as the business editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. He was the recipient of the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Securities Regulation and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award. He also served as an extern for Judge James Ware (now retired) of the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

Erik was named a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015.

Erik serves on the boards of directors for the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, a nonprofit organization, and Swords to Plowshares, a nonprofit assisting veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s also on the advisory board for ONE WORLD, an organization focused on innovative approaches to increase social impact


Santa Clara University School of Law
JD, 2000, cum laude

American University
BA, 1997, Law and Society

Admissions & credentials


Court admissions

US District Court for the Northern District of California

Rankings & accolades

Super Lawyers: Northern California Rising Star (2015)

Memberships & affiliations

State Bar of California

American Bar Association