Mr. Ferraro focuses his practice on the representation of technology companies, from early startups to mature publicly traded corporations, entrepreneurs, investors and financial services firms. He has over 18 years of legal and business experience in private practice, in-house, and as a technology company founder and investor. This experience affords Mr. Ferraro the ability to offer clients an integrated counseling approach that balances legal protection and corporate best practices with business, technical, investment and strategic considerations.
Mr. Ferraro’s clients include enterprise software and mobile developers, social media and gaming companies, consumer Internet and e-commerce businesses, music and entertainment companies, and digital creative agencies. He advises his clients in matters relating to entity formation and founder arrangements, corporate governance, seed and venture capital financing, employment and equity compensation, intellectual property protection, technology licensing and product distribution, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and SEC reporting and compliance. Mr. Ferraro also has significant experience in executive compensation transactions, often representing CEOs and executive teams in high-value M&A transactions.
Mr. Ferraro has substantial expertise in matters relating to digital media law. He was a co-founder of a digital media venture that was acquired by The Orchard (a Sony Music company) in 2012. He advises his media clients on matters such as data security, online privacy, content licensing, publishing and syndication, copyright and royalty administration, and regulatory issues relating to e-commerce, online advertising and Internet law under the DMCA, FTC Act and CAN-SPAM.
Mr. Ferraro is regularly recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Business/Corporate law. He serves on the advisory boards of numerous notable technology companies. Mr. Ferraro is the co-chair of MobiTechFest, the preeminent annual venture capital conference focusing on the mobile and wireless industry, and he is a regular panelist and mentor at a wide range of technology events and accelerators.
LeClairRyan, San Francisco, California, April 2011 – Present
Bullivant Houser Bailey, San Francisco, California, April 2008 – April 2011
Jacobs & Ferraro, San Francisco, California, September 2001 – April 2008
Memberships and Affiliations
- MobiTechFest: Presenting Sponsor and Panelist, 2010
- SF New Tech: Sponsor and Member, 2006 – Present
- SF MusicTech Summit: Sponsor and Panelist, 2010
- Founders Space: Advisor, 2010
- Independent Recording Industry Services, Inc.: Board of Directors, 2003 – Present
- Artists for Literacy: Board of Directors, 2000 – Present
- San Francisco Bar Association: Member, Business and Intellectual Property Sections
- California Lawyers for the Arts: Panel Attorney, 2002 – Present
- American Bar Association
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- State Bar of California
- Recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer," Business/Corporate Law, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012
J.D., with honors, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1994
B.A., cum laude, University of Vermont, 1988
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit