Tom provides not only great legal advice but business and strategic counseling as well, and it’s his ability to evaluate the legal, business and strategic aspects of an issue that makes him such a valuable advisor.
—Randy Lindholm, Executive Chairman of the Board of InnFocus Inc.

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.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Presidio Partners, a venture capital firm, in numerous venture financings, restructurings and acquisitions involving its portfolio companies.
  • Represented Pivotal Labs, a software development company, in its sale to EMC Corporation.
  • Represented InnFocus Inc., a medical device company, in its sale to Santen Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. for $225 million upfront plus significant future earnout payments.

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  • Represented Venture Hacks and AngelList in their organization, structuring and combination.
  • Represented numerous technology companies in seed rounds, venture rounds, corporate, M&A and other matters in industries including software, hardware, IoT, mobile, security, cloud, networking, data analytics, semiconductor, storage, internet, telecommunications and life sciences.
  • Companies represented include: Naked Labs, YourMechanic, Butterfleye, PlumGRID, Venure Hacks, AngelList, Granicus, InnFocus, Xpliant, Beeline Reader, Zokets, Dropr, Silvaco, Twibble, Grockit, Transfer Devices, Velos, Fuel Meal, Bitzer Mobile, Lexcity, Pangeam, Mandel Communications and Xoult.
  • Acted essentially as outside general counsel to many clients that did not have their own internal legal counsel.

Professional Highlights

  • The Legal 500 U.S., Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2010 – 2015)
  • Has an accounting and finance background, including having passed the CPA exam

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Speaking Topics include:

  • Going Public – Basic Considerations
  • SEC Rules for M&A Transactions
  • Fundraising for Startups
  • Use of Shelf Registrations in Stock-for-Stock Acquisitions
  • Impact of Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Structuring the Strategic Alliance
  • Private Placement Financing
  • Directors' Fiduciary Duties in Merger and Acquisition Transactions
  • Proxy Reform and Executive Compensation Disclosure
  • Mergers and Acquisitions – Strategies, Techniques and Developments
  • Value of Intellectual Property: Commercialization and Acquisition
  • Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1985
    magna cum laude

    B.B.A., Accounting, University of Iowa, 1982
    summa cum laude


  • California