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Thomas Chow, Esq.

305 Main Street, Suite 100, Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650-331-3485
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Business and technology focused General Counsel (Chief Legal Officer) with 20 years of legal and IT experience for privately held and/or venture backed, pre-IPO companies. Senior executive with experience building and managing in-house legal teams and budgets at five companies. Business operations experience overseeing compliance, facilities, real estate, administrative (G&A), risk management, human resources, and business operations. Real world understanding and passion for software, cloud (SaaS), internet, network, security, and computer technology as a former IT systems and network administrator.

Legal Experience

PubMaticGeneral Counsel & Secretary, 2018-present

Serve as chief legal officer, and member of leadership team, for a $100M venture backed digital media and advertising technology platform company (400 employees), reporting to the Chief Financial Officer.


SnapSenior Counsel, Media & Technology, 2017-2018

Managed digital media, advertising technology, and platforms legal team for a $1B publicly traded camera and social media company (ranging from 2800-3100 employees), reporting to the Associate General Counsel (NYSE:SNAP).

  • Oversaw a team of three attorneys for commercial transactions and legal operations group focused on complex technology licensing and joint development deals, including mobile advertising technology and measurement, augmented reality, e-commerce, cloud computing, and digital content delivery for Snapchat.
  • Managed legal affairs for Snap advertising technology related subsidiaries: Metamarkets (big data, analytics, and reporting) and Placed (location data, mapping services, and TV advertising).
  • Collaborated with engineering, product, design, revenue, and strategy teams to develop new products and technologies for revenue-generating initiatives and EU GDPR compliance.
  • Designed processes, policies and procedures to streamline legal team service delivery, including development of playbooks to standardize technology vendor negotiations, creating templates for commercial matters, and international expansion.


Exponential InteractiveGeneral Counsel, CCO & Secretary, 2014-2017

Served as chief legal and administrative officer, and member of senior leadership team, for a $200M private digital media, advertising technology, and data analytics company (ranging from 500-800 employees), reporting to the Chief Executive Officer.

  • Established in-house legal department, managing annual legal budget of $2M and team of five attorney/non-attorney staff. Through sourcing of outside counsel and bringing matters in-house, reduced legal spend by 50% year over year.
  • Managed corporate entity maintenance, M&A transactions, stock administration, insurance and litigation matters. Oversaw privacy and IP issues, including strategy of the global patent and trademark portfolio, and leadership of patent committee. Facilitated data security and privacy processes, including IAB/TAG audits and EU GDPR compliance.
  • Supervised facilities, real estate, and administration teams supporting 30 domestic and international locations in 22 countries. Oversaw team of six facilities staff, as well as global real estate brokers and managed office service providers.
  • Oversaw strategic human resources initiatives and indirectly managed people operations (human resources) team.
  • Led strategic planning function and special projects for senior leadership team. Managed quarterly management and annual sales off sites, including strategic planning agenda and logistics for 40+ global managers and 140+ sales personnel.


VindiciaVice President, General Counsel, 2011-2014

Served as chief legal and risk officer, and member of executive team, for a $25M venture backed SaaS payments company (ranging from 70-100 employees), reporting to the Chief Financial Officer. Vindicia was acquired by Amdocs (NASDAQ:DOX).

  • Built legal function from the ground up as the first and sole in-house counsel. Developed policies and procedures around document retention, data room, legal review, and risk management. Oversaw IP strategy, including privacy compliance, global trademark portfolio, and patent applications.
  • Helped drive revenue growth by partnering with sales to efficiently negotiate commercial licensing agreements, updating templates, and conducting sales training sessions. Supervised civil litigation, achieving overall 85% recovery rate.
  • Managed Human Resources matters related to legal compliance, internal investigations, and dispute resolution.
  • Chaired risk management committee focusing on IT, privacy, and data security. Provided legal and technical leadership for PCI-DSS 2.0 and SSAE16 annual audits and quarterly scans. Oversaw company compliance with EU-US Safe Harbor and Swiss-US Safe Harbor Privacy Principles and Frameworks.


TechSoup GlobalDirector, Associate General Counsel, 2008-2011

Served as acting general counsel for a $30M global e-commerce platform distributing over $6B in hardware, software, and SaaS services to non-profit organizations (ranging from 175-250 employees), reporting to the Chief Financial Officer.

  • Managed in-house legal department with team of four attorneys/law school interns, and sourced outside counsel globally, resulting in greater coverage with no increase in legal spend.
  • Established standards for exempt organization eligibility for global network covering 50+ countries. Drafted technology licensing and joint venture agreements. Established Polish public benefit foundation and managed initial operations.
  • Supervised team of in-house and outside counsel conducting cross-border M&A transactions, completing acquisition of UK GuideStar International and related US entity, while spinning off UK GuideStar Data Services.
  • Developed NGOsource, a SaaS platform to enable international grantmaking, including design of web interface and workflows, drafting business plan, and organizing meetings with large private foundations. Assisted with regulatory change requests to the US Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service.


Gartenberg Gelfand
Hayton & Selden
Corporate Associate, 2007-2008

Served as outside general counsel for small to medium sized enterprises. Provided advice regarding corporate and commercial transactions, employment, and international law. Managed entity formation and drafted corporate documents, bylaws, minutes, and limited liability company operating agreements. Prosecuted trademark applications before the USPTO.


Dillingham & MurphyLitigation Associate, 2005-2007

Managed cases through all pre-trial stages in IP (copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and patent licensing), business, securities, employment, products liability, and real estate matters. Argued motions and ex parte applications. Took and defended depositions without partner supervision.


King & SpaldingLitigation Associate, 2004-2005

Drafted pleadings, discovery, and motions in environmental, mass toxic tort, class action, premises liability, and products liability cases. Practice group formerly associated with Filice Brown Eassa & McLeod LLP.


Technical Experience

Community Health Center NetworkIT Systems Administrator, 2001

Managed day to day IT operations and special projects for managed care health organization. Administered servers, network, and phone systems. Drafted IT policies and staff manual. Maintained IT budget and vendor relations.


University of California, BerkeleyProgrammer/Analyst I, 1998-2001

  • Programmer/Analyst I, Financial Services, 2000-2001
  • Computer Resource Specialist I, Student Information Systems, 1998-2000
  • Computing Support Consultant, Housing & Dining Services, 1998

Various ISPsTechnical Support Specialist, 1996-1997

Education

University of California, HastingsJ.D., 2004

University of California, BerkeleyB.A., Sociology with Honors, 2000

  • Sociology Undergraduate Citation Award (Top Student Overall), Nominee, 1999-2000
Awards & Associations
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Top Ten 30-Somethings Award, 2017

  • California Minority Counsel Program, 2014-present
  • Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel Counsel, 2014-present
  • Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Legal Affairs Council, 2014-present
  • Bay Area Asian American General Counsel Association, 2012-present
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, 2009-present
Publications & Speaking
Interests
Playing acoustic guitar and electric bass; professional audio and stereo equipment; web/graphic design and video editing; following NY Yankees baseball, LA Lakers basketball, and playing sports.