I represent public and private emerging companies, including leading life sciences companies, on general corporate and transactional matters. I assist clients with corporate, governance, securities, licensing and contractual matters, as well as capital markets and M&A transactional matters. I often work with emerging companies from inception through IPO and beyond. I also work with a number of leading venture capital firms on their investment transactions.

About Tom

Tom Coll's practice covers a broad range of general corporate matters, including counseling public and privately held companies regarding disclosure and reporting requirements, technology licensing, equity incentives, employee compensation and benefits and the formation of new businesses. Tom also represents clients in a broad range of transactional matters, including public offerings, public and private company mergers and acquisitions, corporate partnering and licensing transactions, spin-offs and venture capital financings. He is counsel to public and private companies in a broad range of industries, including biotechnology, medical devices, information storage and wireless communications.

Tom was named to the Best Lawyers in America list in the categories of Biotechnology Law and Life Sciences, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law and Venture Capital Law. He was also named in the 2007 – 2014 and 2018 – 2019 editions of Southern California Super Lawyers list in the category of Business/Corporate Law. Tom is recognized as a leading lawyer in corporate M&A by Chambers USA. 

Education

University of California, Berkeley School of Law
JD, 1989, Order of the Coif

University of California, Berkeley
BS, 1985, Business Administration, highest honors

Admissions & credentials

California

Rankings & accolades

Chambers USA: Band 1 for Corporate/M&A – California: San Diego (2020 – 2023)

Best Lawyers in America: Biotechnology Law and Life Sciences, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law and Venture Capital Law

Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year - Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law (2021)

Southern California Super Lawyers: Business/Corporate Law (2007-2014, 2018-2019)

Memberships & affiliations

American Bar Association

San Diego County Bar Association