Brian Covotta


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Brian Covotta advises growth-oriented technology and biotechnology companies on corporate and securities transactions, including initial formation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, the periodic reporting requirements of publicly held companies, and general corporate counseling. He works with clients in a variety of industries, including Internet, mobile, gaming, networking, security, semiconductor, software, biotechnology, telecommunications, clean technology, electronic design automation (EDA), flash memory, media, and medical devices.

Brian also represents acquirers and targets in a variety of public, public-private, and private-private business combination transactions, as well as issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings. In addition, he represents venture capital firms in various corporate and securities transactional matters.


Honors & Awards

  • Named to Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” list of Northern California’s best young attorneys in the area of Business/Corporate law in 2012 and 2013


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1998: American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts and Representing Technology Companies; Prosser Award in Corporations; Honorable Mention for Brian M. Sax Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy
  • Syracuse University, B.A., Psychology, 1995: summa cum laude; Outstanding Research Achievement in Psychology; Outstanding Academic Achievement in Psychology; Dean's List; Chancellor's Scholar

Professional Activities


  • California Bar Association


  • “Pro CD, Inc. v. Zeidenberg: A Case Comment,” Berkeley Technology Law Journal 13:1
  • “Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet: An Introduction,” Berkeley Technology Law Journal 13:1   
  • Represented Apache Design Solutions, Inc., in its sale to Ansys, Inc.
  • Represented Xradia, Inc., in its sale to Carl Zeiss AG.
  • Represented KXEN, Inc., in its sale to SAP AG.
  • Represented Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., in its sale to Mentor Graphics Corporation.
  • Represented Silicon Turnkey Solutions, Inc., in its sale to Micross Components, Inc.