Sharing Economy

Representing sharing economy clients for 20+ years and still the go-to law firm today


  • Corporate
  • Litigation
  • Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • 6,000+ private, high-growth companies, including e-commerce and sharing economy entities

  • #1 most active for VC financings in the US and Globally in Q3 2018 – one of the foremost authorities on venture capital investments in technology companies

  • Recognized as a Top 5 Innovative Law Firm by Financial Times

  • Strong third-party strategic relationships that allow us to provide a full suite of privacy and data protection services in US, UK and EU

  • 35+ fund formation lawyers, with hundreds more assisting venture fund clients in related areas such as investment activities, taxation, estate planning, litigation and intellectual property

  • Represent 40% of the companies on the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource's Billion Dollar Startup Club list

  • Technology transactions lawyers with in-house legal experience or previous professional experience in engineering, technical consulting or project management

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  • Represent clients on the most recent "hot button" issues, including internet-related technologies, ecommerce, associated intellectual property issues, third-party data collection, deep packet inspection and behavioral advertising targeting.

  • Experience in more than 100+ state, federal and international courts, arbitral forums and administrative bodies

  • Team includes 5 Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and 20+ former Assistant US Attorneys and Department of Justice lawyers

  • History of litigating landmark, precedent-setting cases that establish industry-wide resolutions or new procedural protections for our clients

  • Recognized by The American Lawyer as an honorable mention in its Litigation Department of the Year competition

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  • Privacy and data protection counseling to ensure compliance with industry-specific regulations and protection against technology vulnerabilities

  • Provide regulatory compliance advice on international, federal, state and local employment and labor laws, including affirmative action, discrimination, wage and hour, health and safety, unions and collective bargaining, compensation and benefits

  • Government analytics practice that provides clients with federal public policy insights and regulatory strategies to make informed business decisions

  • Significant experience with administrative bodies and governmental agencies to successfully navigate clients through complex environmental issues and ever-changing regulations

  • Counsel US and foreign companies on compliance with US laws and regulations governing the cross-border movement of goods, services and technology and affecting the way US companies conduct business overseas

  • Counsel clients at all stages of development regarding the legal and regulatory risks associated with online aspects of their businesses, from advertising to network security
  • Work closely with technology companies and tailor solutions to meet their needs ranging from structuring a sophisticated IP-based transaction, formulating patent strategies or assisting with trademark selection and clearance

  • Fully integrated IP prosecution, counseling and litigation practice with 150+ IP attorneys across the US and Europe

  • 500+ IP cases in the last 5 years

  • 300+ PTAB proceedings

  • 6,500+ patents filed or obtained in 2018

  • 5,000+ trademarks filed or registered in 2018

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Group Contacts
Joshua Mates Partner, San Francisco
Michael Rhodes Partner, San Francisco
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