Legal 1on1: Morrison & Foerster



  • Legal One on Ones provide an opportunity to meet with qualified start-up attorneys and receive council on your company's legal needs. Get help with issues pertaining to intellectual property, type of entity and more. Legal One on Ones also provide a good opportunity to find the right law firm for your business.

    Appointments are available to SDForum members. Please call Diana at 408/494-8306 for an appointment or send your request to [email protected].

    Deadline to respond:

    9:00am on Monday, September 16

    See below for more details on this session.


    About Morrison & Foerster

    Founded in 1883, Morrison & Foerster is one of the largest international law firms, with approximately 1,000 attorneys located in 18 offices in key business centers around the world. The firm takes pride in the talent of our people, the depth of their expertise and the teamwork employed in responding to our clients’ needs. Our lawyers work together, across offices and practice specialties, to help clients anticipate and avoid problems, resolve disputes and achieve their business goals.

    By listening to our clients and understanding their business objectives, the firm is able to staff each project efficiently and cost effectively. Whether a small emerging business or a multinational corporation, each of our clients represents an important relationship to Morrison & Foerster to which we dedicate our best resources, attention and service.


    John C. Hou, Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster

    Mr. Hou is Of Counsel in the Palo Alto office of Morrison & Foerster LLP and a member of the firm’s Technology Transactions Group. His practice is concentrated on structuring, negotiating, and documenting transactions involving intellectual property and information technology, primarily for clients in the software, semiconductor, Internet, and telecommunications industries.

    Mr. Hou has worked on numerous transactions involving the licensing, distribution, and development of computer software. He has represented such companies as BEA Systems, Netscape, Time Warner and Konami of America, and has worked on deals involving virtually all major software vendors in the U.S. More....


    Mary Shimizu, Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster

    Mary Shimizu has significant experience in a broad range of securities and corporate finance transactions, including private equity and venture capital financings, public debt and equity offerings, global Regulation S and Rule 144A offerings, pass-through certificate financings and private placements, as well as medium-term note programs and commercial paper programs. She has also worked as company counsel for managed structured finance companies and represented the fund sponsor and the fund in the formation of venture capital private equity funds and exchange funds.

    She has represented Japanese, American, and European clients in the technology, e—commerce, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries in cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures. She also has experience in executive compensation, employment and pension law, where she has advised companies regarding stock option and other stock-related plans, employment and termination contracts, ERISA and employee benefits issues, and employment discrimination. More....



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