Richard Yao is an associate in the Oakland office and co-chair of the firm's eMatters Practice Group. His expertise is working with school districts on technology issues, such as data privacy compliance, and business, facilities, and real estate matters. Mr. Yao works on all aspects of transactions, including drafting, negotiating, and advising on agreements and other documents. Additionally, he advises clients on intellectual property matters, especially trademark and copyright issues.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Yao worked as an associate at a boutique law firm in Palo Alto, CA, counseling startups and emerging businesses in corporate governance, venture financing, and technology transactions. He also served in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, as an intern with the Domestic Violence and General Felonies Departments.
Mr. Yao earned his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law, with a certificate in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, with Honors. While at USF, he served as Senior Articles Editor for the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin as well as a case counselor for the first year law student moot court program. Mr. Yao received his B.A. in writing from Carnegie Mellon University.
When not practicing law, Mr. Yao can be found deep inside a good book or arguing about the societal benefits of new technology.