Silicon Valley is not just a place. It’s a spirit of innovation. It’s a spirit that drives entrepreneurship and engineering excellence, far surpassing other tech centers around the globe. From new ventures to multinational corporations, businesses flock to Silicon Valley to try and capture that spirit.
Silicon Valley Law Group understands that spirit. And we help our clients solve the problems that sometimes stand in the way of delivering on the promise of that spirit. For over 20 years, SVLG’s seasoned attorneys have provided sophisticated legal services to businesses and individuals throughout the Silicon Valley and beyond. From our offices in San Jose, California, we not only serve Silicon Valley, but the San Francisco Bay Area, all of California, the United States, and other parts of the world.
We’re poised at the cusp of revolutions in many areas of technology, like robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, haptics, human-computer interfaces, augmented and virtual reality, wearable devices, healthtech, and 3D printing. We also see rapid advances in cleantech, biotechnology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, and the convergence of life sciences with information technology. These advances augment more established technologies, such as social networking, mobile device management, mobile apps development, Big Data, cloud computing, privacy and security technologies, Internet technologies, computer software, computer hardware, and semiconductors. SVLG’s lawyers support businesses in all of these areas with assistance on compliance, dispute resolution, risk management, employee relations and information governance—data privacy, information security, and records management.
Silicon Valley Law Group represents a wide variety of businesses and their owners. For many clients, our representation begins at the startup phase and can end in an exit of some kind. For decades, we have helped business owners with the process of business formation—starting a new corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership. We help our clients position themselves for funding and help them navigate the process of closing successive rounds of investment. During the operation of the company, we help officers and directors with corporate governance, managing director and officer meetings, and advising boards of directors on key decisions.
Our business lawyers help clients position themselves for M&A transactions, and step them through the process to a successful exit. In negotiating these deals, our business lawyers work to obtain for their clients a strong return, while reducing legal and business risk.
Inevitably, our clients encounter disputes. Sometimes, a business deal goes wrong when one party to the deals doesn’t pay what is owed. The other party may counter that the product or service provided didn’t work as promised. This is a common scenario for contract and licensing disputes. When these kinds of disputes arise, our experience and tenacious litigators tirelessly represent our clients’ interests in all forms of business litigation, in arbitration, at trial, and on appeal.
Our clients might also encounter situations when the entrepreneurs who founded the business have a falling out, or can’t get along anymore. We routinely handle business break-ups where a disruptive owner threatens to stop a business in its tracks. Likewise, we often help minority shareholders from being unfairly targeted by other shareholders seeking to take control of a company.
Our clients sometimes face disputes involving their employment practices. We defend employers from wage and hour claims, as well as allegations of discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination. Our employment lawyers also provide advice regarding terminations, employment handbooks and policies, and help executives disengage and migrate successfully from company to company.
Sometimes, our clients face environmental problems, requiring strategic advice regarding clean-ups and remediation. We defend clients in governmental enforcement actions and criminal charges. We also provide advice to our environmental law clients on a wide variety of compliance, permitting, insurance, and transactional matters.
What all of our clients have in common is a need to protect their intellectual property and avoid infringing the intellectual property rights of others. Through the years, we have filed and defended suits regarding the theft of trade secrets, particularly in situations where a departing employee has taken technology designs, source code, and customer lists in order to compete against a former employer. We also help clients that are victims of corporate espionage, in which foreign or domestic actors seek to steal our clients’ technology.
Our clients also use our services to protect their copyrights and trademarks. They rely on us for strategic intellectual property advice, as well as trademark applications and copyright registrations. We have also sent cease and desist letters, prosecuted and defended copyright and trademark infringement suits, and stopped counterfeiting activities that threaten our clients’ businesses.
Silicon Valley Law Group represents high technology businesses with transactional support, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements covering information technology and intellectual property. For instance, our attorneys help with the deal flow of contracts of various kinds, including master service agreements for our technology service clients, cloud service agreements, product distribution agreements, software licenses, hardware sales, development agreements, and website terms and conditions. Our attorneys also negotiate deals to support various kinds of marketing and sales arrangements, including sales agent, joint marketing, reseller and OEM agreements.
Finally, Silicon Valley Law Group defends clients in criminal actions and government investigations. At Silicon Valley Law Group , we represent those who become the target of criminal investigations or who are arrested for a crime. In the face of complex new laws and regulations, coupled with growing federal and state concerns about fraud and misconduct, individuals and businesses face ever more aggressive government investigations and prosecution. With over 15 years’ experience, Silicon Valley Law Group handles and resolves criminal investigations and, when needed, defends criminal proceedings through trial in State and Federal Court. We have handled complex white collar matters involving theft, real estate fraud, financial fraud, environmental compliance, insurance fraud, embezzlement and trade secret misappropriation. We also represent clients in cases involving charges of driving under the influence and assault.
In all of its practices, Silicon Valley Law Group provides practical solutions for a complex world.