Brad Schwartz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Law Partners, LLP. He has extensive experience in corporate and securities law matters, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital and other financing transactions having closed several hundred financing and acquisitions over his career ranging from a few million to a few billion in deal size. Brad formed Strategic Law Partners about 25 years ago with the purpose of providing the highest quality corporate legal services to emerging growth and mid-market companies at reasonable rates and has been an active participant and leader in the Los Angeles technology and emerging growth community in Los Angeles for about 25 years.
Prior to the founding of Strategic Law Partners, Brad was a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, one of the country's leading law firms, where he spent ten years representing clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate governance issues. Subsequent to that, Brad was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Quarterdeck Corporation, a publicly held technology firm, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity financing, as well as advising the board of directors.
Brad and Strategic Law have represented a wide variety of companies from successful early stage and venture backed companies (such as Green Dot, Riot Games, Rubicon and Trade Desk), to incubators, investors and private equity firms (such as Idealab, The Chernin Group, Carrick Capital, Aurora Capital, Endeavor Capital and Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners) to large public and private companies (such as Warner Bros., Fox, IAC and Ticketmaster) and has had clients financed or bought by leading venture or private equity firms including Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark, Bessemer, Battery Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Greycroft, and UpFront Ventures. He has written and/or given presentations on topics such as venture capital financing, fiduciary duties to debt holders, merger transactions and stock options and other compensation plans and taught a class on start-ups and venture capital at USC Gould School of Law.
He received his JD in 1985 from the, University of San Diego School of Law, where he was first in his class and an editor of the Law Review.
Brad also serves, or has recently served, on the Board of Directors of Union Station Homeless Services, Descanso Gardens, Union Station, and Innovate Pasadena as well as a trustee of the La Canada Educational Foundation Endowment, a member of La Canada's City Investment and Finance Committee and an Adjunct Professor at USC Gould School of Law.
Brad is also the founder and Managing Partner of SLP Ventures, an early-stage venture fund, as well as an active angel investor. Brad has also served in various capacities (Board Member advisor, investor and/or counsel to several companies) that have been spun out of Caltech, JPL/NASA, and the City of Hope.