Bottom Line Law Group
Social/Digital Media Startup Lawyer, Advisor, Commentator, Cheerleader
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Lawyer, advisor and executive with 18+ years experience advising entrepreneurs, investors, early stage startups through Nasdaq 100 growth companies in the full range of legal matters. Former VP / global head of legal affairs at eHarmony.com and original in-house counsel at MySpace.
Trained at top-tier Wall Street and Silicon Valley law firms, followed by in-house roles at publicly traded market leaders in consumer Internet and digital media sectors from broadband Internet access to Web search, online advertising, e-commerce, social media, entertainment content and more, ranging from $100 million to $1 billion in annual revenue.
Now in independent law practice, drawing on years in the trenches as legal and business affairs executive at consumer Internet pioneers, I offer unparalleled depth and breadth in legal and business issues unique to social Web and mobile startups. With offices in San Francisco and Santa Monica, we are well positioned to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and Hollywood business and legal cultures.
• New business formation and structuring, early stage startups, seed financing, venture capital, angel investments, intellectual property (IP)
• Internet law, privacy, e-commerce, user-generated content, social media, content and technology licensing, online advertising and marketing, mobile apps, related SaaS and enterprise software
• Strategic corporate and business development transactions, M&A, international joint ventures
• Founder equity and executive compensation matters, stock option plans, employment and consulting agreements
• Risk and crisis management, litigation management, law department management, government affairs
Bottom Line Law Group provides business-critical legal services to emerging growth companies in a wide range of corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters. We offer the accessibility and pragmatism of experienced in-house counsel, coupled with the subject matter expertise of top-tier international firms, all delivered with the personal touch and flexible pricing of a small law office.
BLLG is a different kind of firm, built from the ground up and optimized to serve lean startups and other high-growth, IP-intensive companies in the technology and digital media sectors. Having represented pioneers and leaders in the broadband Internet access, new media content, online advertising, community, Web search, e-commerce, social networking and online dating categories since 1998, we have developed unparalleled breadth and depth of experience in legal and business issues unique to social media, location-based services, mobile commerce and similar innovation-driven enterprises.
Like our clients, we are focused on innovation, speed to market, and value. As startups seek partners to help them launch, cultural fit and a shared vision for success is imperative. Our goal is to provide high value to businesses who require that a small investment in legal services generate a large return.
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Originated broad senior management role at eHarmony, Inc., the Internet's #1 trusted relationship service, with more than 20 million registered users and $200+ million annual revenue. Front-line responsibility for the company's full range of legal, regulatory and government affairs, reporting to the CEO. Built and led a combined in-house and external team including three direct reports and more than a dozen outside law firms across five countries with a budget in the $3 million range. Served as primary legal counsel to the CEO, President/COO and Board of DIrectors. Spearheaded cross-functional initiatives in privacy/data protection, risk management, fraud and abuse mitigation, law enforcement relations, crisis communications, and equity compensation.
Represented MySpace.com, the premier online social networking site and lifestyle portal and most highly trafficked site on the Internet (with more than 45 billion monthly page views), in corporate and business development, entertainment and technology licensing transactions, policy enforcement, international expansion and related matters. Helped execute the parent company's $650 million sale to Fox Interactive Media, a News Corporation company.
Advised senior management team at online entertainment and marketing company ($100+ million revenue, the publicly traded parent company of MySpace.com) with respect to a broad variety of legal matters, with emphasis on complex transactions (M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances), public company governance and securities compliance, technology and content licenses and commercial agreements. Helped execute the company's $650 million sale to Fox Interactive Media, a News Corporation company.
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