Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan


Michael Sullivan focuses on the representation of emerging growth companies and their investors, from pre-incorporation counseling to general corporate representation, through angel and venture capital financings, to M&A and IPO liquidity events and public company representation. He has broad experience representing private and public companies and their investors and underwriters in a variety of transactions.

Mr. Sullivan has a particular focus on the representation of emerging companies in the digital media/Internet, consumer and healthcare spaces. He has handled hundreds of venture capital financings and over 50 public offerings, including a $250 million common stock offering for Digital River, Inc. in 2006, Planetout lnc.’s initial public offering in October 2004, eBay lnc.’s $1.3 billion public offering in 1999 and an initial public offering for Netcom On-Line Communications, the first Internet public offering, in 1994. He has also handled numerous mergers and acquisition transactions, including Digital River, Inc.’s acquisition of element 5 and Google lnc.’s acquisition of Urchin Software Corporation (now Google Analytics).

Representative clients have included: eBay Inc., Digital River, Inc., PlanetOut Inc., Lightspeed Ventures, H5 Technologies, IDG Ventures SF, Walden Ventures, PBwiki, Inc., Blumberg Capital, The Roda Group, Pie Digital, Inc., RootMusic, Inc., Real Girls Media Network, Inc., and Sim Ops Studios, Inc.

Mr. Sullivan is a contributor to Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation (Aspen Law & Business). He has been named in Best Lawyers in America for 2011 for Corporate Law, ranked as a leading lawyer in the 2010 Legal 500 USA in the category of Venture Capital and Emerging Companies and his work as a corporate attorney is highlighted in the 2007 Corporate and Finance version of the Legal 500 USA edition. He is also recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer from 2006 through 2008 by Law & Politics.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sullivan practiced at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin from 2003 to 2009, Cooley Godward LLP from 1997-2003 and Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP from 1984 – 1997.

State Bar of California, American Bar Association, Commissioner for San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission, former Board President of Friends of the Urban Forest (a nonprofit organization promoting urban forestry in San Francisco)