SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LeClairRyan is pleased to announce the addition of three veteran venture capital attorneys to its San Francisco office. Joining the firm in the corporate department are Eric K. Ferraro, Jeffrey T. Drake, and Jonathan T. Rubens, formerly of Bullivant Houser Bailey.
"We are excited to have Eric, Jeff and Jon join us," said San Francisco office leader Peter M. Hart. "With their addition we are gaining significant legal experience and technology industry know-how, as well as expanding the depth and breadth of the corporate services we provide to clients in San Francisco."
Ferraro, who joins LeClairRyan as a shareholder, focuses his practice on the representation of private and public emerging and growth companies in the technology and digital media sectors as well as investors and financial services firms that focus on those industries. He advises clients in matters relating to entity formation and founder arrangements, corporate governance, seed and venture capital financing, employment and equity compensation, intellectual property protection, technology licensing and product distribution, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and SEC reporting and compliance. He also has significant experience in executive compensation transactions, often representing CEOs and executive teams in high-value mergers and acquisitions. Ferraro is a graduate of the Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D.) and the University of Vermont (B.A.).
"With the addition of this West Coast team, LeClairRyan has added depth and important geographic reach to our representation of start-up and high growth companies," said Michael P. Drzal, leader of the firm's Venture Capital Practice Area Team. "In addition to their depth of legal experience, technology industry knowledge, market awareness and business acumen, our San Francisco venture team brings with them a wealth of valuable connections to the West Coast angel and venture capital communities."
Drake, who joins the firm as a partner, has broad experience in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions in a variety of industries, particularly emerging growth, information technology, software and digital media. His venture capital experience includes company-side and investor-side deals in both early stage and later rounds. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho School of Law (J.D.) and the University of Idaho (B.S.).
Rubens, also joining LeClairRyan as a partner, focuses his practice on the representation of entrepreneurs and investors in new venture formation, equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial loan transactions. He also advises businesses on a variety of commercial transactions, intellectual property, data security and privacy issues. Rubens is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (J.D.) and Dartmouth College (B.A.).
LeClairRyan's San Francisco office, established in 2008 through a merger with Wright, Robinson, Osthimer & Tatum, currently employs 27 attorneys and professional staff members. Founded in 1988, the firm provides business counsel and client representation in corporate law and high-stakes litigation. LeClairRyan boasts a roster of approximately 330 attorneys, representing a wide variety of clients across the nation, from offices in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. For more information about LeClairRyan, visit www.leclairryan.com.