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Stanley F Pierson

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Stan Pierson is the leader of the Corporate & Securities - Technology Group. His practice focuses on the representation of technology companies and investors in venture capital and securities transactions, including private placements, mergers and acquisitions and corporate partnerships.

Mr. Pierson’s securities and general corporate representation includes work with a number of companies, as well as with certain institutional investors. Representative issuer clients include Aerion Corporation, BlueData Software, CafePress.com, Datometry, DropThought, DRW, eGain Corporation, Hedvig, Inc., Kapow Technologies, Limos.com, Maginatics, Natero, NetSeer, Nod, Inc., Paxata, Veradox, Vexata, and Viptela. Representative investor clients include Oak Hill Venture Partners and U.S. Venture Partners.

Mr. Pierson has handled over 400 private placements of securities during his 20+ years of practice in the Silicon Valley. Mr. Pierson has also represented sellers and buyers in numerous merger and acquisition transactions. Representative M&A transactions include the sale of Tensilica to Cadence Design Systems, the sale of Validity Sensors to Synaptics, the sale of SiByte, Inc. to Broadcom Corporation, the sale of VxTel, Inc. to Intel Corporation, the sale of P.A. Semi to Apple, Inc., the merger of Kapow Technologies and Kofax Ltd., the sale of PRN Corporation to Thomson S.A., the sale of Securent to Cisco, the sale of Modulus Video to Motorola, and the sale of ScanAlert to McAfee. Representative public offerings he has handled include the initial public offerings of eGain Communications Corporation, Meru Networks and Critical Path, Inc.

Prior to joining Pillsbury in 1997, Mr. Pierson was associated with two other Silicon Valley firms and also served as corporate counsel of a publicly held biotechnology company, Scios, Inc.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA, Investment Funds: Venture Capital—National (2009-2010)
  • Legal 500 US, Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2009, 2014)



J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law,

B.A., Stanford University,


State of California

Firm Publications

Emerging Growth Brochure , Authors: Richard L. Blaylock, Steven L. Meltzer, Greg L. Pickrell, Stanley F. Pierson, Allison Leopold Tilley, August 2013


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