Herb Fockler is a member of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in its Corporate and Securities Department, where he has represented both private and public high-technology companies for over 37 years. His experience covers start-up companies, venture capital financings, public offerings, SEC compliance, corporate governance of public and private companies, and public and private mergers and acquisitions in the areas of computer software and hardware, Internet and web commerce, enterprise software, IC design automation, workstations, mobile electronic-devices, as well as biotechnology areas such as new drugs, devices and diagnostics. He has represented hundreds of start-up, venture-backed, and public companies, as well as numerous investors and individual entrepreneurs.
Clients whom Herb has represented include A10 Networks, Ambarella, AT&T, Autodesk, Cadence, Cell Genesys, Cornerstone OnDemand, Dolby Laboratories, Flextronics, Intevac, J.D. Edwards, Linear Technology, Netscape, Philips Electronics, Silicon Graphics, Software Publishing, Sun Microsystems and WordPerfect.
Within WSGR, Herb is a leader in the firm’s Innovation, Practice Excellence and Knowledge Management programs, providing expertise across the firm on corporate and securities matters, training and mentoring junior attorneys, and authoring many of the firm’s standard forms. Outside of WSGR, Herb teaches both regular semester and summer executive track courses in Venture Capital Law at UC Berkeley Law School, and similar courses at Santa Clara University Law School. Herb also hosted the Wharton School’s San Francisco Entrepreneurs Workshop series for a number of years, and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Law and Business Schools, Stanford Business School and Santa Clara University Business School. He is a member of the California Bar’s Legal Opinions Committee, a drafter of the Bar’s upcoming report on legal opinions, a past chairman of the ABA’s Venture Capital Transactions Committee, and a frequent speaker to both lawyers and entrepreneurs on starting businesses, obtaining financing and complying with U.S. corporate and securities laws. He holds a J.D. from Harvard, cum laude, and an A.B. in physics from Princeton. Outside of law, he has substantial experience as a computer programmer and ran a software house while in law school.
Herbert Fockler is teaching the following course in Spring 2022:
Courses During Other Semesters
|Semester||Course Num||Course Title||Teaching Evaluations||Summer 2022||255.11S sec. 001||Venture Capital in Practice||Summer 2021||255.11S sec. 001||Venture Capital in Practice||Spring 2021||249.3 sec. 001||Selected Topics in Venture Capital||View Teaching Evaluation|