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Philip   Strauss

Philip Strauss

Performance Marketing Brands, Inc. / Ebates
Associate General Counsel
San Francisco, CA, USA


Phil Strauss has more than 20 years of diverse experience at the intersection of business, technology and law.  Phil is Associate General Counsel at Performance Marketing Brands, Inc., an Internet loyalty shopping company operating under the Ebates brand name.  Phil is also Of Counsel to The Keele Group, a microboutique law firm focused on providing part-time in-house litigation and risk management counsel.

Before that, Phil was Vice President and General Counsel at public enterprise software companies Actuate Corporation and Brio Software (ultimately sold to Hyperion/Oracle), and private venture-backed market-research technology company MarketTools, Inc.  Phil also held a senior counsel position at Adobe Systems Incorporated. 

Phil was also a consultant in the forensic practices at KPMG LLP and H5, specializing in investigations, compliance, information governance and electronic discovery.

Before going in-house, Phil was in private practice as a corporate associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York and San Francisco and as a litigation associate at Jones Day in Chicago, and served a judicial clerkship with the Supreme Court of Alaska.

Phil holds a B.A. in International Relations from Emory University, a J.D. from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he spent five years on the Adjunct Faculty, teaching business law to M.B.A. students.  He has guest lectured at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Boalt Hall School of Law, and both the business and law schools at University of San Francisco.

Phil has been active locally and nationally in the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and its 2,000-person San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, where he served two terms as President, founded the chapter’s Privacy and eCommerce Committee, founded the national New-To-In-House Committee and Corporate Counsel University training program, and received the ACC National Member of the Year Award (2003).

Phil has served on the board of directors or advisors of private companies in the commercial real estate, medical imaging technology and social networking industries.  Phil also serves on the Haas Alumni Board (where he founded the Haas/JD networking group for Haas business alumni who also have law degrees).

Phil lives in San Francisco with his wife and four children, and is an avid endurance athlete in his spare time.

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