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Deborah J. Ludewig

Deborah J. Ludewig

DJL Corporate Law

Monte Sereno, CA, USA


Deborah J. Ludewig founded DJL Corporate Law in March 2008.  Deborah practiced law during the last 24 years at several large law firms based in Silicon Valley and has been a partner at K&L Gates, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Cooley LLP.  She has worked with hundreds of companies in corporate formations, venture capital financings, joint ventures, public and private offerings, merger and acquisition transactions and as special advisor on board and governance matters.  Deborah’s experience includes serving as a general counsel of an internet start-up.

 Deborah currently works with private and public companies on a range of projects typically managed by a general counsel. She has supported early stage clients engaged in financing and team building matters and late stage companies in negotiating strategic commercial agreements and supervising the growth of IP portfolios. Her collaboration network includes her contacts and former colleagues in several large firms as well as specialists in a wide array of practices around the country.

Deborah is a frequent speaker and educator on topics relevant to entrepreneurs and executives. She has developed governance seminars for board members and other educational programs of interest to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Deborah is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute and Chair of the PLI’s annual program in San Francisco on Drafting Corporate Agreements. She is also a guest lecturer on topics relating to start up companies and negotiation for UC Berkeley, in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Deborah is the former President and Chairman and a current member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (formerly the National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley Chapter), www.svdx.org, and has previously served in leadership roles at Girls for a Change and Watermark (formerly Forum for Women Entrepreneurs).

JD – 1991, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
BS – 1980, College of Notre Dame (summa cum laude)

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