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Legal Bridge to Silicon Valley

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May 18—29, 2020
12 days
San Francisco, California, United States
EUR 9500 ≈USD 10664
EUR 791 per day

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Silicon Valley is the world’s innovation hub, home to many of the world’s largest technology corporations, as well as thousands of small startup companies. It is an area renowned for its fast growth, and global reference of best practices in innovation and business development.

Silicon Valley also hosts some of the world’s most innovative legal practices – lawyers who work there have to deal with unusual situations every single day. As new businesses, products and services emerge, new rules & regulations need to be drafted as the legal system adapts to innovation. Legal Bridge to Silicon Valley, a 5-day program held in Silicon Valley, is designed to immerse lawyers into that legal ecosystem. From the beating tech-heart of the bay area, the program englobes networking with top players in the valley, a deep understanding of startup companies and their how-to, the unwritten rules of international entrepreneurship in a tech-driven world, the implementation of innovation to create value for companies, and the trends in this environment, all through a legal looking glass.


This program, designed to teach best business & legal practices to lawyers and entrepreneurs, offers participants a unique opportunity to overcome future challenges as a team while gaining an overall vision of the Silicon Valley ecosystem whilst building their network with valuable industry leaders.


Legal Bridge to Silicon Valley is a program designed to teach best business & legal practices to lawyers and entrepreneurs, to meet current and future challenges as a team. Participants will understand how to better exploit the relationship between business and legal professionals to meet their business objectives, while gaining an overall vision of the Silicon Valley ecosystem whilst building their network with valuable industry leaders.


  • Following the completion of this program, participants should be able to:
  • Understand how lawyers can be ideal partners for entrepreneurs in an innovative environment.
  • Have a clear vision of how companies operate in the Bay Area, how market forces, trends and best practices influence their decisions, and what they perceive as current and future challenges and opportunities.
  • Be able to build valuable relationships and networks in Silicon Valley, through newly acquired contacts during the program.
  • Understand what problem-solving, organizational, and professional skills are needed to succeed in an innovative environment like Silicon Valley.
  • Have an effective personal “elevator pitch” to introduce themselves in any business meeting or networking event.
  • Gain inspiration to change / improve their careers.



  • What to expect?
  • Setting goals and expectations
  • Sharing your goals and expectations
  • Putting Silicon Valley in perspective: why is it the place for Innovation?
  • Most relevant places in Silicon Valley, from San Francisco to San José.


  • Startup legal needs
  • Intellectual Property Strategy in Tech Startups
  • Best Innovation Practices
  • Talent management in a startup
  • How companies with disruptive business models solve legal problems
  • Stanford University & CODEX
  • San Francisco Government


  • Understanding the role of investors
  • The difference between VCs and Business Angels
  • Picking where to invest: how to choose the million dollar idea
  • Approaching VCs and Business Angels


  • Intellectual property strategy
  • Patent Trolls & patent legal issues
  • Best Innovation Practices
  • Talent Management in big companies
  • How to survive in a world of constant innovation


  • Contrast between legal needs of startups and big companies
  • Overview of a “typical” big IT Transaction of an established company
  • Overview of small entrepreneurial transactions
  • Dealing with intellectual property & patent issues
  • The importance of NDAs and investment legal procedures
  • Legal Innovation


  • Who should start in an incubator?
  • How are startups chosen by incubators?
  • Legal implications


  • Creating your personal Elevator Pitch
  • Networking event with Bay Area professionals


  • Creating your personal Elevator Pitch
  • Networking event with Bay Area professionals

Who should attend

This program is designed for professionals seeking to enhance their business and legal expertise from the hand of top Bay Area leaders:

  • Lawyers or legal professionals interested in deepening their knowledge related to innovation, entrepreneurship & startups and best practices in legal and business activities.
  • Entrepreneurs interested in understanding how to use their relationship with lawyers to their advantage, to help meet their business goals.
  • Business Professionals seeking inspiration to redirect their careers.


Martí Manent, Director of the Legal Bridge to Silicon Valley Executive Program, current professor and Alumni of IE Law School, is the Founder and CEO of (legal services online provider with more than 240.000 costumers) and Founder and CEO of, the largest law firm directo...
Dr. Roland Vogl is a lawyer, scholar and media entrepreneur who, after nearly fifteen years of professional and academic experience, has developed a strong expertise in intellectual property and media law, innovation, and legal informatics. Currently, he is Executive Director of the Stanford Prog...
I'm passionate about building products and leading teams that make a difference. I have a full range of product, sales, marketing and general management experience in both a startup and Fortune 500 setting. This includes finding product-market fit, go-to-market strategy, recruiting high-performan...
Professor Katz is a scientist, technologist and professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law - to help create lawyers for today's biggest societal challenges. Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Professor Ka...
Daniel W. Linna Jr. is the Director of Law and Technology Initiatives and a Senior Lecturer, with a joint appointment at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and McCormick School of Engineering. Dan’s teaching and research focus on innovation and technology, including computational law, artificial...
Professor Mark A. Cohen is the CEO of Legalmosaic (, a legal business consulting company. He is widely regarded as a global thought leader in the legal vertical. Professor Cohen has published approximately 150 articles on legal delivery. He is a regular online contributor to ...
Matteo Daste is a partner in the San Francisco office and a member of the Technology Companies group and the Co-Chair of the Orrick Silicon Valley - Europe Desk. His practice focuses on strategically advising companies and entrepreneurs. Matteo has represented dozens of domestic and foreign clien...
Mr. Rosario is an attorney with a diverse set of skills and experience gained from working in private practice for multiple IP boutique law firms in Chicago, for the legal department of a large multi-national consumer electronics corporation, and for a federal magistrate judge. Prior to becoming ...
Norberto Andrade is a global public policy, ethics and privacy expert, as well as a legal scholar, researcher and lecturer, with over 15 years of international experience in government, academia, regulatory agency, and corporate positions. Norberto works at the intersection of AI, Ethics and Publ...
Sergio Letelier is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel - Corporate, Securities and M&A at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this capacity, Sergio and his team are responsible for global M&A, Corporate Compliance and Governance matters, and support to HPE’s worldwide Tax Department aro...


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May 18—29, 2020
12 days
San Francisco, California, United States
EUR 9500 ≈USD 10664
EUR 791 per day

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