A short list of startup law firms in Silicon Valley below. 

Establishing your company in the US is not an easy task. There are many laws and regulations that you need to be familiar with. To avoid any possible lawsuits or other legal issues, it’s always wise to seek the services of a trusted startup lawyer. Many of the startup law firms in Silicon Valley listed below are active in the startup scene and entrepreneurship ecosystem, and they often host events that are open to the public.


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Hopkins & Carley

Hopkins & Carley’s clients rely on them for transactions and litigation involving commercial, corporate, financial and real estate matters, IP litigation and protection, and employment counseling, litigation and class action defense. For their individual clients, they handle everything from sophisticated legacy planning to personal employment issues to complex trust and other litigation. They have a deep bench of well-respected trial attorneys who collectively have tried hundreds of cases in local, state and federal courts.

Carr McClellan

If your business is like most, every day brings tough decisions and complex situations that need to be resolved quickly and decisively. Carr McClellan’s team of top-level lawyers focuses on delivering the results you need to bring your business to the next level. Our boutique approach provides responsive, flexible service — we anticipate and solve issues before they even arise.

Cooley LLP

Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. Cooley has 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe, 300 partners in a single-tier partnership, 2000 employees worldwide. Named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For Cooley’s 2014, revenue grew by 19% to $802 million. Recognized as a Top 5 Innovative Law Firm by Financial Times Preeminent tech, life sciences, venture capital and fund formation practices.

Craig Schmitz at Goodwin

Craig Schmitz is a partner in the firm’s Technology Companies Group, where his practice focuses on representing emerging growth companies, particularly in the technology and life science sectors, venture capital firms and underwriters. He joined Goodwin in 2010. Mr. Schmitz specializes in representing technology companies in a wide range of transactions. He works closely with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and underwriters in venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and initial public offerings. Mr. Schmitz represents private and public emerging growth companies, issuers and underwriters involved in public offerings and companies involved in merger and acquisition transactions, as well as venture capital and private equity firms in buyout and recapitalization transactions. Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Schmitz was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson Dettmer. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel at Ariba, Inc., a publicly traded enterprise software company. In this role, he was responsible for a number of functions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investing, partnering and licensing, and corporate governance.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk is one of the world’s premier law firms. Known for their skillful work in highly complex matters that are critical to clients, Davis Polk offer high levels of excellence and breadth across all our practices. Davis Polk’s clients, many of them industry and global leaders, rely on the exceptional, collaborative service they deliver through 10 offices worldwide.

Dentons US LLP

Driven to provide clients a competitive edge, and connected to the communities where its clients want to do business, Dentons knows that understanding local cultures is crucial to successfully completing a deal, resolving a dispute or solving a business challenge. Now the world’s largest law firm, Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 125 locations serving 50-plus countries.


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs around the world. Their clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.


Dorsey serve clients in nearly all industries, but focus on six industries in which they have great depth and a history of achieving client success. Dorsey’s banking, energy, food and agribusiness, health care, mining and natural resources and public-private project development industry groups help coordinate teams serving these industries across geographies and practice areas, keeping them at the cutting edge of industry needs and trends and sharing collective experience and expertise.

Fenwick & West LLP

For more than four decades, Fenwick & West LLP has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations, our clients are leaders in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors and are fundamentally changing the world through rapid innovation.

Fortis General Counsel, LLP

Fortis General Counsel, LLP (FGC) is a boutique law firm that provides general counsel services, as well as traditional corporate and technology licensing legal services, to emerging growth companies primarily in the technology sector. We advise a broad range of clients from mature public companies to early stage startup companies. Our objective is to provide companies with services typically provided by a general counsel and outside corporate counsel in a cost-effective and responsive manner.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig helps clients bridge diverse legal systems and cultures, with a focus on efficient and effective strategic advice and legal services.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates represents leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals. Our practice is a robust full market practice — cutting edge, complex and dynamic, at once regional, national and international in scope. Over each of the last five years our revenues exceeded $1 Billion.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells is a leading global legal practice providing business-oriented legal advice and high-quality service across its exceptional breadth of practices to clients around the world.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham is dedicated to working with clients to help them achieve their business goals and overcome legal challenges anywhere in the world. From a global platform of offices in the world’s major financial, business and regulatory centers, the firm’s lawyers help clients succeed.

Inventus Law

Inventus Law is a Silicon Valley based premier law firm that represents high growth startup companies, founders, angel investors, incubators, accelerators and venture capital and private equity investors based in Silicon Valley, New York, India, Europe, Southeast Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and, increasingly, Africa. We have offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Bangalore, along with close affiliations with legal, tax and business professionals in other financial centers of the world.

Morrison Foerster

Our corporate lawyers advise on venture financings, public and private offerings, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions for some of the most dynamic private and public companies in the world. Our intellectual property lawyers provide the full scope of patent, trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution, licensing and outsourcing advice to investors, inventors, entrepreneurs and established companies.

Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott has 80 years of serving a broad range of client interests. Established in 1934 as a tax practice in Chicago, Illinois, McDermott has grown its core practices and offices around the globe. The expansion of their international platform has supported numerous cross-border transactions and litigation matters, while providing the experience necessary to offer corporate and commercial, international and domestic tax, labor and benefits, competition, intellectual property and regulatory counsel to clients across all industries.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Orrick is a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving companies in the technology, energy and financial sectors. We are recognized worldwide for delivering the highest-quality, commercially-oriented legal advice and for our culture of innovation and collaboration. Founded in San Francisco a century and a half ago, Orrick today is named by Law360 as one of the “Global 20” leading firms.

Osborne Clarke

We’re an international legal practice and our goal is simple: to help our clients and our people succeed in tomorrow’s world. In a business environment that’s facing new digital, economic, political and environmental challenges, we help our clients to gain competitive advantage by providing commercially focused insights and legal services. We’ve been around for over 250 years and have a presence across Europe, Asia and the US. Within our core sectors, our clients range from market leaders to fast-growth companies.

Paradigm Counsel LLP

Paradigm provides strategic legal services to emerging growth and public companies. Paradigm assists clients in corporate matters including, incorporation, equity compensation, venture financing; employment counseling; and mergers & acquisitions; technology, IP and commercial transactions; privacy compliance; IP Counseling; and real estate transactions. Our structure and team approach enables us to be highly responsive to ensure clients meet their business objectives on time and at reduced cost. With our broad range of experience in large law firms and in-house legal departments, we excel at providing sophisticated, cutting-edge advice that is efficient, responsive, practical and cost effective.

Perkins Coie

With more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, Perkins Coie LLP represents great companies across a wide range of industries and stages of growth—from startups to FORTUNE 50 corporations. Our structure and approach ensures we’re experts in the sectors our clients work in and we understand the issues they face. We believe that the more we understand the big picture, the more we can provide positive and insightful solutions across the spectrum of advisory, litigation and transactional services.

Royse Law Firm

Royse Law Firm provides sophisticated and affordable legal services to growing companies, individuals, and investment funds in technology and traditional businesses. Our clients include multinational companies, closely held and family businesses, and individuals; due to their mutual need for integrated legal solutions that emphasize tax efficiencies. Our tax expertise is a common thread that runs throughout our practice and distinguishes Royse Law Firm from other general business firms.

Schox, PLC

With our flat rates for every project and our experience with 300+ startup clients over the last decade, we can accurately budget the total patent costs for the next 12-18 months. With a clear budget and a strong understanding of their vision, we help our clients answer what, when, where, and — most importantly — why we are building a patent portfolio.

Silicon Legal Strategy

Silicon Legal Strategy provides targeted, bottom-line-oriented advice to technology startups, innovative entrepreneurs and seasoned investors. We develop long-term relationships with our clients. We limit our number of total engagements so that we are able to deliver dedicated, ultra-responsive client service. We are more than your attorneys – we are indispensable strategic advisors.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Since 1884, many of the world’s largest organizations have turned to Simpson Tatcher for smart solutions to critical commercial challenges. Today, more than 900 lawyers in 11 global offices put the collective experience of the Firm to work for every client they serve.


VLP Law Group are a geographically distributed firm of top-tier lawyers. They have multiple practice areas in multiple industry sectors. We provide a full range of business and transactional legal services to clients of all sizes — from early-stage start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Weinberg Gonser LLP

Weinberg Gonser was founded by attorneys with experience operating businesses outside of their legal careers. We put relationships first. At our firm, imagination is nurtured, creativity is encouraged, value is created, and measurable results are achieved.

White & Case LLP

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world. As a pioneering international law firm, White & Case cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for clients. White & Case work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. They represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi billion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm’s broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients

Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic

The Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic at Santa Clara Law services the active local startup community by delivering quality legal services to entrepreneurs through the use of second-and third- year law students. 

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