Education

J.D., School of Law, Santa Clara University
Honors Moot Court, Evidence Instructor - Academic Success Program, Law Faculty Scholarship

Certificate of Completion, Magdalen College, Oxford University
International Human Rights

B.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
Dean’s Honor List, Association of Rhetoric Majors, contributing writer - The Heuristic Squelch

Memberships

The State Bar of California

Organizations

MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB)
Executive Committee, Advisors Chair (2006-2009).

Curriki
Advisor, Legal Counsel.

Dragons Golf Club
Past President, Director.

Robert M. Dang Partner

Peninsula Office
181 Second Avenue, Suite 628
San Mateo, CA 94401
650.489.0851 direct
650.475.1840 fax

Rob’s practice focuses primarily on serving as the outsourced General Counsel to technology startups, with an emphasis on corporate finance, technology licensing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general business counseling. Over the course of his legal career, Rob has represented hundreds of companies in various stages of maturity, in a wide variety of industries within the technology and life sciences sectors. Rob also serves as investor counsel to various individuals and entrepreneurs in their angel investments, as well as serving as private counsel to founders. The estimated aggregate market value (including exits) of the startup companies Rob has represented now exceeds $100,000,000,000.

Rob prefers to work closely with his clients, rather than delegating the majority of the work to others. While this limits the overall number of clients Rob can represent at one time, it allows him to learn the business thoroughly and develop strong relationships with his clients. While at Fortis General Counsel, Rob has been fortunate to work closely with some of Silicon Valley's top technology startups from a very early point in their development, including Zynga, WhatsApp and Uber.

Prior to co-founding Fortis General Counsel in 2005, Rob was in private practice at a Silicon Valley corporate law firm, where he gained extensive experience in handling all aspects of the negotiation and documentation of venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions transactions involving private and public companies, and technology licensing and general corporate transactions. During this time, Rob was Tesla Motors, Inc.'s primary corporate counsel. Rob advised Tesla from its initial formation, the development of their prototype roadster, and Rob negotiated and closed their Series A and Series B financings.

Prior to his corporate practice in Silicon Valley, Rob was an litigation associate at a San Francisco law firm, specializing in complex, high-value cases. Rob was responsible for the briefing and oral argument of law and motion matters, including dispositive motions, the prosecution and defense of lay and expert witness depositions, arbitrations and mediations, and all other phases of litigation, including appellate work. During this time, Rob also handled a successful appeal in the 3rd Appellate District of California, and was selected to grade the California State Bar Examination.

Rob received a JD from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1996, where he participated in the Honors Moot Court program. Rob was also an instructor for the Street Law program for disadvantaged youths, as well as an Evidence Instructor for the Academic Success Program. Rob also received a Certificate of Completion in International Human Rights from Oxford University, Magdalen College. Rob received his undergraduate degree in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of the Dean’s Honor List. Rob has underwritten several scholarships to Draper University for female entrepreneurs with a background in STEM. Rob previously served on the Executive Committee of the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB), an organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. Rob also served as an advisor to Curriki, a nonprofit organization founded by Sun Microsystems, Inc. and its Chairman, Scott McNealy, which has been developing an Open Source Curriculum and platform to provide universal access to curricula and instructional materials for grades K-12. Rob lives with his wife and two daughters in Hillsborough. In his spare time, Rob loves spending time with his family, usually traveling, cooking and eating. Occasionally, Rob sneaks away to play golf poorly, but enthusiastically.

Clients Represented:

  • WhatsApp, Inc. (founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton, funded by Sequoia Capital, acquired by Facebook)
  • Wut, Inc. (founded by Paul McKellar & Beamer Wilkins, funded by Foundation Capital, Google Ventures, SV Angel)
  • Uber
  • Tesla Motors, Inc.(NASDAQ:TSLA)
  • gdgt (founded by Peter Rojas and Ryan Block, funded by Spark Capital, True Ventures, acquired by AOL NYSE:AOL)
  • Socialcast (founded by Tim Young, funded by Menlo Ventures, True Ventures, acquired by VMware NYSE:VMW)
  • The Wirecutter (founded by Brian Lam)
  • Stellar Development Foundation
  • Buhido, Inc.(founded by Greg Stein, Open Source rockstar)
  • Kontagent Inc. (funded by Battery Ventures, Altos Ventures, Maverick Capital), now Upsight Inc.
  • Ruby Seven Studios, Inc.
  • Sword and Laser, LLC(founded by Veronica Belmont & Tom Merritt)
  • Matrivax, Inc. (funded by Morningside Technology Ventures)
  • Zynga(formerly Presidio Media)
  • Big Viking Games, Inc.(founded by Albert Lai and Greg Thomson
  • Vaccine Technologies, Inc.(funded by Morningside Technology Ventures)
  • Support Intelligence, Inc.
  • Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
  • Yahoo!, Inc.
  • TheFind, Inc.
  • New Enterprise Associates
  • Actional Corporation (funded by New Enterprise Associates, NeoCarta Ventures. Acquired by Progress Software Corporation)
  • Sycon Design, Inc. (Acquired by Magma Design Automation Inc. (NASDAQ: LAVA))
  • Velocity11 (funded by Mayfield, and acquired by Agilent)
  • Tonic Systems, Inc. (acquired by Google)
  • Genomic Instrumentation Services (acquired by Genomic Solutions, a subsidiary of Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: HBIO))
  • Curriki.org