SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Legal Strategy added several new members
to their legal team after seeing a bump in clients in 2016 – and
one of its founders thinks 2017 will bring more growth.
last member to join the team last year as an
associate. In total, Silicon Legal was able to hire six new
Volz took his experience in advising early stage and
emerging technology companies from Wilson Sonsini’s Palo Alto
office and will be working with Silicon Legal’s many
Volz has also been named California
Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2013-2016 by San Francisco Magazine.
the move, Volz went from a firm with 15 offices worldwide to a firm
with two offices, one each in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
firms have scaled back,” Andre Gharakhanian, partner and founder of
Silicon Legal, told The Northern California Record. “We’re
seeing a lot layoffs and we’re seeing a lot of opportunities to
hire people who got swept in that.”
Volz will be working in
Silicon Legal’s San Francisco office.
Silicon Legal primarily
works with startup companies, especially in the technology sector of
the market. It also works with venture capitalists when they are
“We work with industries where regulation
is way behind the times,” Gharakhanian said. “And industries
where there’s human interaction which is always a wild
Despite the firm’s small, boutique size, they are able
to represent many well-known clients including
Distractify, Expensify, Lyft and Uber.
“Most small firms our
size don’t do this work,” Gharakhanian said. “It’s been a
great time for us.”
Last year was a successful year for Silicon
Legal, with being able to hire new associates like Volz who have
worked for bigger firms.
“When hiring, we target people who
come from larger firms who do the same work,” Gharakhanian
Gharakhanian sees a benefit to having a smaller firm.
team gets to live a more reasonable lifestyle, but still does great
work,” he said.
While other firms are shrinking, Silicon Legal
is able to capitalize on the opportunity and recruit attorneys who
have been laid off. Gharakhanian predicts 2017 will see similar
“We are super-comfortable with how our earlier-stage
clients are doing,” he said. “Big law firms may take a look in
the mirror and lay off more people, which is our gain. By the end of
the year, we predict we will be a team of 40.”
The growth of
the firm has already started this year for the company, as Corin
Medrano began working with the firm in January.
She worked with emerging companies for Perkins Cole LLP before
joining Silicon Legal. Medrano will be working
with incorporations, private equity and debt financing and