Heather Rafter

Heather Rafter

Member, Board of Advisors and Counsel at Sixense Entertainment, Inc.

San Francisco Bay Area
Law Practice

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Heather Rafter's Overview

  • Princeton Day School

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Heather Rafter's Summary

For most of my legal career, I've had the pleasure of representing a wide variety of music technology companies, including the top audio and digital media companies. Representative clients (past and present) include: Digidesign, M-Audio, Sibelius, Universal Audio, Euphonix,Flite, PreSonus, Creative Allies, BrightTALK, Imagine Research, Sixense, Spin Media, the Slate companies and others.

My career began as a litigator at a large multi-national law firm, where I worked on cutting-edge cases involving software and intellectual property law. I then served as the General Counsel of Digidesign for fourteen years, where I started as Digidesign's first lawyer and helped grow not only a legal department but also a family of technology companies, working closely with the business development team and third-party partners.

As of January, 2009, I launched a law firm, RafterMarsh US, which keeps me connected to the world of hardware and software technology but also expands my scope to companies focused on the interplay between media and technology, live events and ecommerce. RafterMarsh provides general advice for companies looking for part-time "general counsel." We specialize in handling licensing and IP matters for technology companies. If European and music licensing expertise is need, I work closely with a UK colleague, Terry Marsh, of RafterMarsh UK. I also recently passed the UK Solicitor exam (but haven't activated my license yet).

Specialties: Intellectual property law, technology licensing, ecommerce/online contracting (terms and conditions, privacy policies, etc.), contract manufacturing (U.S. and Asia), software and hardware development agreements, mergers and acquisitions (asset deals. due diligence), employment law, leases and dispute resolution. Prior to my job as General Counsel of Digidesign, I was a litigator focusing on intellectual property, complex litigation and business disputes.

Heather Rafter's Experience



Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

September 2012Present (2 years 1 month) Hollywood, California

Assist Gobbler with business development opportunities, legal advice and partnering within the audio industry.

Counsel and Member, Board of Advisors

Sixense Entertainment, Inc.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Consumer Electronics industry

March 2011Present (3 years 7 months) Los Gatos, California

Serve as counsel, strategic advisor and industry expert to Sixense Entertainment, Inc.


RafterMarsh US

Law Practice industry

January 2009Present (5 years 9 months)

In 2009, I launched a law firm, in close affiliation with a UK colleague, Terry Marsh. Our firm focuses on technology, internet, social commerce, pro audio and music tech companies. Areas of expertise include IP licensing, contract negotiation, merger & acquisition, IP advice, contract manufacturing, real estate law (leases) and all the day-to-day areas related to running a tech company. I've been the General Counsel of Avid Audio (Digidesign, M-Audio and Sibelius) for many years; my goal is to bring that expertise to assist digital media companies with a pragmatic, cost-effective delivery of high-quality legal services.

I am admitted to practice law in the State of California and advise on matters throughout the United States. In cooperation with Terry Marsh, who heads up RafterMarsh UK, we provide global services to the entertainment and high tech industries. Jessica Fajfar, who has a masters in IP law, is of counsel to our firm and rounds out our firm's expertise. We have a strong network of referrals for patent and corporate law, should that expertise be required.

Representative clients include Universal Audio, Euphonix (through its sale to Avid Technology, Inc.), Ableton, Antares, BrightTALK, iZotope, Flite, Mozes, Creative Allies, PreSonus, Sixense Entertainment, Spin Media, UJAM, UbicMedia and Imagine Research.

General Counsel, Avid Audio

Avid Technology

February 1995December 2008 (13 years 11 months)

October 1994December 2008 (14 years 3 months)

General Counsel


19942008 (14 years)

September 1986September 1994 (8 years 1 month)

Summer Associate

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

July 1985July 1985 (1 month)

June 1985July 1985 (2 months)

Heather Rafter's Skills & Expertise

  1. Intellectual Property
  2. Privacy Policies
  3. Licensing
  4. Contract Negotiation
  5. Mergers
  6. Copyright Law
  7. Corporate Law
  8. Privacy Law
  9. Employment Law
  10. Pro Tools
  11. Sound
  12. Digital Audio
  13. Mergers & Acquisitions
  14. Entertainment
  15. Corporate Development
  16. Music
  17. Strategy
  18. Business Development
  19. Trademarks
  20. Strategic Partnerships
  21. Music Industry
  22. Digital Media
  23. Due Diligence
  24. New Media
  25. E-commerce
  26. Start-ups
  27. Entrepreneurship
  28. Patent Prosecution
  29. Litigation
  30. Venture Capital
  31. Patents
  32. Legal Assistance
  33. Joint Ventures
  34. Software Licensing
  35. Cyberlaw
  36. Patent Litigation
  37. Dispute Resolution
  38. Trade Secrets
  39. Securities Regulation
  40. Corporate Governance

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Heather Rafter's Education

Columbia University School of Law



Visiting student, Stanford Law School (1985-86)

Activities and Societies: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (1984-85)

Princeton University

A.B. (magna cum laude), Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


Phillips Exeter Academy

High School, Classics degree (cum laude)


Princeton Day School

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