Having done cutting-edge legal work for hundreds of Silicon Valley success stories, Pillsbury’s Silicon Valley office understands the key challenges and opportunities facing emerging growth companies. Their attorneys have extensive experience in corporate transactions including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial and corporate arrangements, and securities litigation. They also offer considerable knowledge and experience in all aspects of intellectual property law—both prosecution capabilities and trademark and patent litigation. Their attorneys have also successfully worked with high net worth individuals, including entrepreneurs and business owners, on their personal wealth transfer, estate and charitable planning needs.

The Silicon Valley Pillsbury  office provides counsel to a range of clients, from emerging companies—the Fortune 500 companies of tomorrow—to large public companies and major institutions.

Their Silicon Valley office has extensive experience in:

  • Technology-based businesses, including clean technology, internet, e-commerce, computers, software, semiconductors, communications and biotechnology.

  • Corporate transactions and advice, including public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial and joint venture transactions, and tax planning.

  • Domestic and international licensing and product distribution.

  • Commercial, securities, intellectual property, trade secret and general business litigation.

  • Employment law counseling and litigation.

  • Antitrust advice, as well as government and private litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

  • Environmental issues, land use planning and property tax controversy.

  • Estates, trusts and tax planning work for entrepreneurs and foundations.



Sand Hill Angels Preferred Partner

Tom C. Thomas, Partner, Silicon Valley, Corporate


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Tom C. Thomas, Partner, Silicon Valley, Corporate


T: +1.650.233.4652

Tom Thomas practices primarily in the area of corporate finance and governance, mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions and executive compensation. He leads the firm’s Venture Capital practice.

Tom represents companies at all stages of development. His practice focuses on corporate matters including debt and equity offerings; public and private acquisitions and dispositions; venture capital financings and investments; joint ventures and strategic alliances; and SEC compliance and reporting. Tom also has extensive experience in licensing, distribution and other technology transactions; lending and going-private transactions; PIPE offerings; commercial contracts; board governance and support; disclosure obligations; equity compensation matters; and day-to-day general corporate matters.

Areas of Focus: Practices

  • Corporate

  • Capital Markets

  • Emerging Growth & Venture Capital

  • Executive Compensation & Benefits

  • Finance Insolvency & Restructuring

  • Life Sciences Marketing

  • Distribution & Franchising Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Technology & Media

  • Technology Transactions

  • Financial Services