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Hot Startups Tap Google's In-House Legal Talent

Publication Date: 
July 29, 2013
Corporate Counsel
Chelsea Allison

Professor Mark Lemley spoke with Chelsea Allison of Corporate Counsel about Google's in-house legal talent and why many of its former lawyers can now be found at hot startups.

The attorneys atop six hot tech ventures have at least one thing in common: They've Googled it.

The general counsel at Pinterest, Twitter, Square and Dropbox are all alumni of Google's massive legal department. So too is the first head of the PTO's new Silicon Valley branch and the White House pick to oversee privacy issues.


"Google drew an enormous collection of legal talent through the past decade," said Stanford Law professor and Durie Tangri partner Mark Lemley. "As the company has gotten bigger, a number of those people naturally sought more entrepreneurial opportunities."