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Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Inseego Corp.

REGULAR PRICE : $75
REGULAR PRICE : $50-$150
MBA Finance, Strategic Planning
BA Economics and Literature--Writing
Scotland
Phoenix, Arizona

Summary

I am currently the chief legal officer at Entropic Communications, a global semiconductor company that I helped take public in 2007. Prior to joining Entropic, I was a business transactional partner at Cooley LLP (formerly Cooley Godward) where I worked for 16 years. During my tenure at Cooley, I was actively involved in promoting the San Diego region as a cluster of technology innovation. These efforts included founding the San Diego Telecom Counsel (currently CommNexus) where I served as a Board member and corporate officer for six years (1998-2004), and serving as a Board member of the San Diego Venture Group for two years (2005-2007). Awards and recognition include profiles as one of the best lawyers in California, published in the California Law Business Journal, local peer recognition as one of the Best Lawyers in San Diego (San Diego Magazine annual survey), and national recognition as one of the Best Lawyers in America in two categories (securities and leveraged buy-outs) published in Best Lawyers. Specific Expertise: Commercial transactions, mergers & acquisitions, securities, intellectual property development & licensing, employment matters, international law and corporate governance.

Experience

Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Inseego Corp. (formerly Novatel Wireless, Inc.)

May 2015 - Present (3 years 7 months)

Responsible for all legal functions at Inseego (Nasdaq: INSG), a publicly-traded company with $250 million in annual sales, over 1,100 employees, and operations on five continents. Inseego is a leader in the development of wireless data connectivity solutions which bundle hardware, software and services. Inseego delivers cloud-based software and services for applications in vehicle fleet management, asset tracking, life-cycle asset management, and advanced data analytics to customers in 54 countries. Inseego also manufactures MiFi-brand mobile hotspots for mobile computing applications.

Between May 2015 and July 2017, Inseego underwent a transformation from a domestic manufacturer of communications hardware with a few large U.S. customers, to an international software and services business with over 600,000 worldwide subscribers. This was accomplished through the acquisition of a U.S.-based telemetry business and a South Africa-based telematics business. The Company also engaged in divestitures and wind-downs of underperforming lines of business and outsourced certain engineering and manufacturing functions. Other significant transactions included a $120 million convertible debt financing, a public note exchange, two senior credit facilities, a corporate reorganization into a new holding-company structure, and the consolidation of operations and facilities in the U.S. and overseas.

In addition to overseeing all legal aspects of these transactions, I managed an active litigation docket of more than 20 cases in state and federal courts or before arbitrators across the United States. This included plaintiff and defense-side work in patent infringement and intellectual property disputes, breach of contract, employment matters and a securities class action case. ALL of the litigation matters completed during my time with the company were either won outright or settled on terms favorable to the company.

Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Entropic Communications, Inc.

May 2007 - May 2015 (8 years)

Managed all legal department and corporate secretary functions of Entropic Communications (Nasdaq: ENTR), a publicly-traded company with approximately $250 million annual revenues and over 300 employees in the U.S., India and China. Entropic is a leading provider of home networking and set-top box semiconductor and software solutions, with chips deployed in millions of homes worldwide. In May 2015, Entropic was acquired by MaxLinear, Inc., a communications semiconductor company headquartered in Carlsbad, California.

As a key participant in the senior management team, I was actively involved in strategic planning, corporate development and all major business initiatives. Within my department, I led a dedicated group of attorneys and paralegals. In addition to managing litigation and legal compliance, my legal team coordinated company-wide enterprise risk management initiatives and developed Entropic's patent portfolio, which grew over 8 years from less than 200 to more than 2,000 issued and pending patents worldwide.

I joined Entropic approximately 6 months prior to its initial public offering. To achieve the scale necessary to go public, we purchased and integrated two businesses shortly after I joined. Despite the difficult financing environment in late 2007, we successfully completed Entropic's IPO. Subsequent transactions included a $120 million follow-on stock offering and four additional acquisitions, including two cross-border deals and the purchase of a public company's assets out of bankruptcy. Throughout these transactions, I played a pivotal role in evaluating acquisition targets and integrating the businesses after they were acquired.

Partner, Cooley LLP

January 1991 - April 2007 (16 years 4 months)

Cooley is an AmLaw 100 law firm with more than 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe. The firm is highly-regarded for its representation of venture capital, life sciences and technology companies. I started working in Cooley’s San Francisco office in 1991 when the firm had less than 150 attorneys, and later moved south to establish Cooley’s presence in San Diego. I became a full-equity partner of the firm in 1996. By the time I left in 2007, Cooley had grown to become one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States.

At Cooley, I worked on a broad range of matters and developed a successful transactional practice representing technology and life sciences companies. Typically, I served as “outside” general counsel to my clients, providing any legal services required to bring their technologies, products and services to market. I also represented venture capital partnerships, private equity firms and investment banks in their financing and acquisition activities, and I frequently served as lead counsel in securities offerings, private and public company M&A, cross-border acquisitions, strategic partnerships and complex technology licensing transactions.

Financial Analyst, Pacific Corporate Group

1985 - 1986 (1 Year)

Provided financial analysis supporting the M&A practice at a regional broker-dealer investment bank.

Education

University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business

MBA Finance, Strategic Planning

1987 - 1990

University of California, San Diego

BA Economics and Literature--Writing

1980 - 1985

University of St. Andrews

Scotland

1982 - 1983

Brophy College Preparatory

Phoenix, Arizona

1976 - 1980