Emerging Growth Companies

We represent entrepreneurs and startup companies in numerous industries, as well as the venture capital firms and investors that finance them.

Full Range of Legal Service

Hopkins & Carley is a leading business law firm with more than 50 years of experience working with Silicon Valley companies.  In addition to serving entrepreneurs and early-stage enterprises, we also represent the business interests of private and publicly traded companies, high net worth individuals, venture capital firms and investment banks.

We advise companies and individuals through the full business life cycle:  formation, financing, operation, growth, and transition/strategic exit strategies.  Our clients rely on us for a broad range of legal services, including:

  • Entity formation and governance
  • Employment, equity and other compensation, and benefits matters
  • Intellectual property advice, protection, and litigation
  • Trademarks and branding strategy counseling
  • Commercialization of company, technology, and IP assets
  • Private financings from angel, venture, and strategic investors
  • Strategic day-to-day advice and guidance throughout their life cycle
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions
  • Transactional tax matters
  • Wealth planning
  • Advise provider of cloud-based people and asset tracking and intrusion detection services.
  • Represent an augmented/virtual reality technology company.
  • Advise social media/mobile app developer of entertainment venue monitoring.
  • Represented several startup and technology companies in their lease and sublease negotiations in locations throughout the Bay Area, as well as many other regions in California.

Uber Driver—Independent Contractor or Employee? One Labor Commissioner Hearing Officer's Opinion

A hearing officer for the Labor Commissioner's local office in San Francisco concluded earlier this month that an Uber driver was an employee of Uber, not an independent contractor. Read more »

Two Good Reasons to Keep Your Company's Job Descriptions Current and Accurate

Job descriptions often fall to the bottom of the human resource "to do" list. An audit of almost any company's job descriptions will reveal job descriptions that are outdated, vague and carried forwar... Read more »

Lessons for Employers from the Pao Trial

On March 27, 2015, a San Francisco jury returned a verdict in favor of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers in the highly publicized trial of sex discrimination and retaliation claim... Read more »

Proposed Regulation Crowdfunding: Highs and Lows

The Securities and Exchange Commission released proposed Regulation Crowdfunding, the long-awaited JOBS Act rules designed to help small companies raise capital from the general public. Read more »

10 Tips For Angel Investors

Recently, we have assisted several first-time angels with screening companies and negotiating the terms of investments. Read more »

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