Ross D. Meador

Partner

Ross D. Meador, a partner at TechLaw LLP, is a business attorney with broad experience representing technology entrepreneurs and the investors that finance them.

office: 888-989-8529 ext. 803

mobile: 415-713-0441

fax: 714-386-5368

  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of California, San Diego (B.A.)

 

  • Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Corporate Transactions, Domestic & Internationall
  • Securities Law

 

California

Mr. Meador's Areas of Practice

Mr. Meador represents startup companies in:

  • early stages of corporate formation and business structuring,
  • agreements among the founders, and
  • equity compensation plans.

He also counsels established companies in:

  • fundraising and securities issues,
  • technology licensing and transfer agreements, and
  • mergers and acquisitions.

Many clients have relied for years on Mr. Meador to be their general counsel in matters such as:

  • contract review,
  • business agreements,
  • collections issues.

With substantial international experience, clients look to Mr. Meador for his expertise in:

  • cross-border transactions,
  • international finance, and
  • international protection of intellectual property rights.

 

Mr. Meador's Professional Profile

Mr. Meador’s legal career has been rich and varied.  Before forming his own firm, he was a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates).  Prior to that he practiced with Howard, Rice, et al. (now Arnold & Porter) and Morrison & Foerster for 14 years.  He also served three lengthy foreign assignments with Kim & Chang in Korea, SSEK in Indonesia, and VILAF in Vietnam, totaling over 10 years.

His notable international transactions include acting as lead counsel to Panacom Corporation in its bid to acquire $15 billion Korea Life Insurance Company; counsel to Mitsui Corporation in its $200 million investment in a $2.5 billion Indonesian olefins and aromatics refinery; counsel to TGV in its bid for the $10 billion Seoul-to-Pusan high speed rail project; counsel to Mercedes Benz in the termination of its Korean joint venture; counsel to Siemens in its venture to build the telephone network in Borneo, and counsel to Enron in its successful acquisition of the water system in Mendoza, Argentina. Mr. Meador has also been active in international intellectual property and anti-piracy matters, representing companies and organizations such as the American Publishers Association, the Business Software Alliance, Coach, Disney, Gucci, Hunting World, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Tupperware, Rubbermaid, and Warner Brothers.

Domestically, Mr. Meador has represented both entrepreneurs and investors.  On the investor side, Mr. Meador has closed deals for venture capital and private equity investors such as AsiaTech Ventures (now AsiaTech Internet Group), Charles River Ventures, CMEA Ventures, Crimson Ventures, ETV Beteiligungs GmbH, Fayez Sarofim & Co., and Panacom Corporation.

On the company side, Mr. Meador has led financing and corporate transactions for companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, Growthink, Tiny Prints, Outcast, Static Beach, Grow Marketing, IP Commerce, and CloudTalk.

Mr. Meador’s career began in Vietnam in 1974 when as a teenager, he went alone to Saigon to open the wartime office for a child welfare organization, Friends of Children of Viet Nam. The story of his work and evacuation from the roof of the American Embassy in Saigon has been told in several books and screenplays, his photographs of the evacuation hang in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, and his organization has been nominated twice for the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Mr. Meador graduated from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 1986, where he served as Executive Editor of the International Tax and Business Lawyer and Vice President of the International Law Society, and was the winner of various scholarships and academic prizes.

In his spare time, Mr. Meador serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at California State University Fullerton, where he mentors students and teaches the lean business model.  He is also active in the California Bar Association, serving as Advisor Emeritus to the Executive Committee of the International Law Section. He formerly served as Vice Chair of the US Vietnam Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Legal Services Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, and as President of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco.

Mr. Meador is a frequent public speaker and has delivered presentations to the California Bar Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Haas School of Business.  His articles have appeared in the Journal of the Japan Institute of Overseas Investment and the Asia Venture Capital Journal.