Robert V. Hawn


Founding Partner
Business & Start-Up Attorney

AV AwardOne Almaden Boulevard,
Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: 408-478-4100
Fax: 408-295-4100


Robert Hawn has advised innovative technology and start-up companies for over 25 years. Bob represents companies in the wireless, internet, software, medical device and social media industries, leading licensing, merger and acquisitions and private financing transactions. His practice focuses predominantly on working with emerging technology companies throughout their life cycle, including initial start-up formation and capitalization, angel and venture funding, technology development, distribution and transfer, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he counsels multinational companies in their US. Market entry activities.

Bob has published articles ranging from agreements concerning the Software as a Service, or SaaS, industry to recent high technology legislation. He maintains an active speaking schedule, presenting seminars ranging from technology and internet related legal concerns, to California's new B corporations. He has also remained active in civic and professional organizations. He is a former Chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, an 8,500 member organization serving business lawyers in California.

Outside his practice Bob's interests illustrate his love of the outdoors and music. An avid mountain biker and jazz pianist, he has performed at various local venues and the San Jose Jazz Festival and remains devoted to his Silicon Valley community. Bob currently resides in San Jose with his wife.


J.D., University of California, Davis, 1984
Associate Editor, UCD Law Review, Treasurer, Law Students Association (1982-83)

B.A. Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1980
High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Memberships and Community Activities

Santa Clara County Bar Association
Member Since: 1984
Former Chairperson, High Technology Law Committee

State Bar of California
Member Since: 1984
Business Law Section and Intellectual Property Law Section
Former Chair, Executive Committee, Business Law Section
Former Co-Chairperson, Cyberspace Law Committee, Business Law Section
Appointee, State Bar Mentoring Task Force

American Bar Association
Member Since: 2011
Business Law Section

Innovation Center of Denmark
Former Member, Advisory Board

Greenbelt Alliance
Former Member, Board of Directors

Silicon Valley Land Conservancy, formerly Land Trust of Santa Clara County
Former Member, Board of Directors

San Jose Jazz
Former Counsel to the Board of Directors


  • Website Terms of Use, California Business Law Practitioner, Summer 2010
  • Annual Review of Cyberspace Law 2009, Business Law News, 2010
  • Annual Review of Cyberspace Law 2008, Business Law News, 2009
  • Software as a Service: The Past Through Tomorrow, California Business Law Practitioner, Summer 2009

Selected Presentations

  • October, 2015: State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Panelist, Basic Legal Skills for Advising Clients Doing Business Online
  • May, 2015: State Bar of California, California Young Lawyers Association, Panelist, Annual Practical Skills Training Symposium
  • May, 2015: Continuing Education of the Bar, Panelist, Representing a Start-Up: From Notes on a Napkin to Series A
  • September, 2014: State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Cyberspace Law: Recent Development"
  • May, 2014: Continuing Education of the Bar, Twicks and Trouble: Ethical Considerations for Attorneys When Using Social Media for Networking (with Jonathan Rubens)
  • October, 2013: California State Bar Annual Meeting, Cyberspace Boot Camp
  • September, 2013: C2SV Conference, Lean Start-Ups
  • September, 2012: State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Cyberspace Boot Camp
  • March, 2012: Santa Clara County Bar Association, The Benefits of Flexibility: Using California's New Types of Corporations
  • September, 2011: State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Who Is Watching You? Introduction to Online Privacy
  • March, 2011: State Bar of California Business Law Section: Hot Topics in Cyberspace Law
  • April, 2010: Continuing Education of the Bar, Moderator and Panelist, Negotiating and Drafting IP License Agreements
  • March, 2010: Panelist, University of California, Davis, Business Law Journal Symposium, Technology Transaction in the Post-Financial Crisis Economy
  • January, 2010: State Bar of California Business Law Section: Website Terms of Use
  • January, 2009: State Bar of California Section Education Institute: California Cyberspace Law Legislation
  • September, 2008: State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Software as a Service


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