Donica Forensich

Donica Forensich

Donica Forensich is a member of Hopkins & Carley’s Corporate Practice.  Emerging growth companies, entrepreneurs and investors seek Donica’s counsel for corporate and commercial matters, including:

  • Advising emerging growth companies from incorporation through seed and venture financings
  • Counseling international clients in connection with a conversion to a U.S. corporation
  • Buy and sell-side mergers and acquisitions
  • Assisting startups navigate the accelerator process
  • Debt and equity financings and investments
  • Drafting and negotiating a wide range of technology and commercial agreements
  • Acting as outside general counsel to emerging growth companies

Prior to joining Hopkins & Carley, Donica had a corporate practice at Paradigm Counsel, was Senior Legal Director at Infinera Corporation, Senior Counsel at Sun Microsystems and an attorney in the Corporate and Securities Group at DLA Piper.

Donica is also a member of the Board of Directors and pro bono legal advisor to Cake4Kids, a non-profit dedicated to helping foster kids and at-risk youth feel special on their birthdays by baking and delivering cakes.  She is also a pro bono legal advisor to MyDigitalTat2, a non-profit dedicated to helping schools and communities develop critical-thinking skills they need to manage their own privacy, respect the privacy of others, and use cyber-sense and ethical decision making in their digital lives.

  • Numerous corporate and limited liability company formations, including founder’s equity issuances, adoption of equity incentive plans and re-incorporations, and LLC to corporate conversions
  • Numerous initial and follow on debt and equity financings for emerging growth and late stage private companies by venture capitalists, private equity firms and venture banks (both company and investor side)
  • Represented both buyers and sellers in numerous mergers, acquisitions, asset sales/purchases and spin out transactions ranging in value from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars 
  • Cake4Kids, Board of Directors
  • SLO HotHouse, Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Mentor
  • State Bar of California (2006)
  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • B.S., University of Phoenix

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