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Don is a leading lawyer in our Venture Capital & Technology practice. Don is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco teaching venture capital and finance at USF’s School of Management’s International & Executive Programs. Don specializes in public and private financings of technology and other emerging growth companies and has extensive experience in middle market mergers and acquisitions, representing issuers as well as private equity and venture capital funds. Prior to Reed Smith, Don chaired the Corporate Department of one of California’s largest law firms, Crosby Heafey, which he joined after bringing the law firm he co-founded and managed, Bay Venture Counsel, to Crosby. Don has also previously been selected as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine and the publishers of San Francisco Magazine.


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1983, J.D., Member of the UCLA Law Review; Member of the UCLA-Alaska Law Review
  • Pomona College, 1980, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

  • California

  • Appointed Member of the State Bar's Corporations Committee (1996-2000)
  • Board Member and Audit and Governance Committees member of East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) (2009-2014)
  • Inner City Advisors Board Member from 2002-2014 (Board Chair 2005 and 2006)
  • BARTA (Bay Area Regional Technology Alliance) Board Member from 2001-2004
  • Board of Directors (1989-1995) and Board Secretary (1991-1993) of the San Francisco Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
  • Past Board Member of the CCSBI (Contra Costa Software Business Incubator)
  • Past Board Member of Advancing California’s Emerging Technologies (ACET) life sciences incubator

Notable Quotes

  • 22 May 2015 "Look For Many 'Mini-IPOs' When New Reg A+ Rules Take Effect In Mid-June" Forbes