Reinforcing Pillsbury’s established reputation as a technology sector leader, the firm has recruited acclaimed corporate securities and technology transactions practitioner Shaalu Mehra as partner in its Silicon Valley office and the leader of the firm’s Global Technology Policy practice. Mehra joins Pillsbury’s Corporate practice from Gibson Dunn, where he served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Technology Transactions Group.

“From start-ups to household names, Pillsbury has a long history of working with the world’s most exciting technology companies,” said Justin Hovey, leader of the firm’s Technology & Media industry group. “The same can be said of Shaalu—he is an established leader in the tech sector with an uncommon depth of knowledge that spans multiple disciplines. We are absolutely thrilled to introduce such a talented individual to our many technology sector clients around the world.”

Mehra leads a unique and thriving technology-focused practice, integrating leading-edge expertise in corporate and venture finance; technology collaborations; technology regulation; and intellectual property transactions. He brings more than two decades of experience in these fields to the firm, over the course of which he has led numerous landmark representations of prominent multinationals and innovative venture-backed startups.

Mehra’s arrival builds upon the firm’s substantial technology transactions practice and regulatory capabilities. His two decades of experience guiding technology company boards, executives, and investors through the emergence of existential legal, policy, and commercial challenges will significantly augment the firm’s existing capabilities in this area and further strengthen a multidisciplinary team that is regularly engaged by the sector to advise on public policy, corporate and venture capital, technology infrastructure, crisis management, trade and competition issues. Together, this cross-functional team will help clients around the world establish the cohesive strategies and real-time responses needed to address rapidly emerging and evolving legislative, regulatory, and industry governance developments.

“Shaalu’s arrival adds new dimensions to our already substantive emerging growth and technology transactions practices,” said Corporate & Securities – Technology practice leader Stanley Pierson. “He is an enormously talented lawyer with a sterling reputation in the Valley, and his arrival is a huge positive for our vibrant and growing practice here.”

Mehra has received numerous awards and recognitions reflecting his standing as a leading technology lawyer. He is in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, has been identified by Chambers as a leading lawyer each year since 2007, is recognized as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property and has received various additional honors from the likes of Corporate Counsel, LawDragon and the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals. Mehra has also been recognized as an ascendant talent, making the Daily Journal’s list of the Top Twenty Lawyers Under Forty in California and the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s list of the Top Forty Under Forty.

A noted thought leader on legal developments impacting technology businesses, he is a frequent contributor to leading publications such as Compliance Week, ComputerWorld, Bloomberg, CIO.com and Information Week and is a regularly invited to speak at international industry conferences. He has presented at the Open Source Business Conference and LinuxWorld as well as various programs sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel, Stanford University, ITechLaw, UC Berkeley School of Law, University of Washington, The Indus Group and the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel among others. He also serves on the National Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Department of Computer Science and Engineering, where he received his graduate degree prior to law school. 

“Pillsbury hosts storied, innovative practices across the technology sector,” noted Mehra. “The firm’s decades of success for industry clients, impressive stature in Silicon Valley, the depth and breadth of the firm’s global technology law expertise and its renowned commitment to collaboration—not to mention the high esteem in which I hold so many of their lawyers—make it an ideal fit for my practice.”

From household name consumer electronics brands and highly specialized equipment manufacturers to seed-stage startups and the investors who back them, Pillsbury helps create, develop and protect some of the world’s most innovative and ambitious technology companies. Firm lawyers from across the U.S., Europe and Asia advise sector clients throughout their life cycle and around the globe, guiding established industry behemoths through business-critical transactions and disputes and helping visionary entrepreneurs develop their businesses into market leaders.