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Tom DeFilipps chairs both our West Coast Corporate Practice Group and our Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Practice Group. He counsels clients on a range of legal matters, including corporate formation, venture capital financings, public offerings, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and public company governance and disclosure. He represents both U.S. and foreign companies across many technology industries, including semiconductor, software, fintech, digital media, telecommunications, internet infrastructure, e-commerce, social networking, alternative energy and renewables, and life sciences.


  • Represented Standard Cognition in its Series C Preferred Stock financing led by SoftBank Vision Fund.
  • Represented Flyreel in its Series A Preferred Stock financing led by IA Capital Group.
  • Represented Commerce Layer in its reorganization from Italy and its Series A Preferred Stock financing led by Benchmark.
  • Represented Iota Biosciences in its Series A Preferred Stock financing led by Horizons Ventures.
  • Represented Motivo in its Series A Preferred Stock financing led by Inventus Partners.
  • Represented TVU Networks in its Series C Preferred Stock financing led by SoftBank Korea.
  • Represented Abode Systems in the sale of a controlling interest to Nice S.p.A.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Advisory Forum, Center on the Legal Profession (Stanford Law School)
  • Board of Directors, San Francisco Exploratorium (former)
  • Volunteer, Stanford Law School-Campaign Steering Committee
  • Member, Stanford Athletic Board (former)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Governance, Information Technology and M&A Law (2012-2021)