Stoel Rives Boosts San Francisco Office with Addition of Silicon Valley Privacy Law and Technology Transactions Veteran John Pavolotsky

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SAN FRANCISCO—Stoel Rives, an Am Law 200 law firm, today announced that John Pavolotsky has joined its Technology & Intellectual Property Transactions practice group in San Francisco as of counsel. He brings more than 20 years’ experience practicing in-house and in private practice, most recently serving as associate general counsel at Roku, Inc., and as group counsel at Intel Corporation.

“Stoel is a formidable firm that continues to grow its influence in the legal industry,” Pavolotsky said. “It not only does great work in the technology industry and beyond, but it’s also a great cultural fit. I admire the firm’s values and its people, and I look forward to working with such a high-caliber team.”

Pavolotsky’s practice will focus on advising clients regarding privacy and data security matters and on structuring and negotiating complex technology transactions, including inbound and outbound hardware and software licensing and strategic collaboration and development agreements.

“John brings a unique blend of legal expertise and industry experience gained from working with some of the largest technology companies in Silicon Valley,” said Technology & Intellectual Property Chair Brian Park. “His knowledge, reputation, and practice depth will be extremely valuable to our clients.”

While at Roku, Inc., Pavolotsky served as director and associate general counsel in the technology and commercial transactions legal group where he counseled engineering and other internal clients on a variety of complex inbound product and enterprise transactions. Prior to that, he worked for eight years at Intel Corporation, most recently as group counsel, where he was the lead business unit attorney for the Data Platforms Engineering & Architecture Group and as a leader of the Privacy and Security Legal Team across the company’s global platform. Pavolotsky previously served as of counsel at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, corporate counsel with SugarCRM, Inc., and corporate counsel with Fourth Dimension Software.

Pavolotsky has handled matters related to international data transfers, mergers and acquisitions, incident response, GDPR & CCPA readiness, privacy legislation and impact assessments, data subject requests, cybersecurity policy development, and cyberinsurance procurement. In addition, Pavolotsky has drafted and negotiated complex IP transactions, strategic investments in IP assets, corporate purchase agreements, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) agreements and joint development agreements.

“We are pleased to welcome John to our San Francisco office,” said Brian Nese, California Offices Managing Partner. “We continue to seek out high-quality lawyers to grow our California presence strategically and adding John to our team certainly furthers that goal.”

Pavolotsky has taught Comparative Privacy Law at the Santa Clara University School of Law and Technology Transactions at U.C. Davis School of Law. In addition, he serves as vice chair of the California Lawyers Association’s Intellectual Property Section. He is an International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) and holds CIPP/US/E and CIPM certifications. Pavolotsky has served on the IAPP U.S Exam Development Advisory Board and as a CIPP/E and CIPP/US instructor. He received his J.D. from the University of California at Davis, M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and B.S. from the University of California at San Diego.

Stoel Rives’ Intellectual Property practice group attorneys register, transfer, and protect intellectual property rights and assets nationally and globally and have experience spanning all types of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. The group includes business attorneys who focus on counseling companies and structuring transactions involving technology and intangible assets of all types, and litigators who resolve disputes involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, trade secrets, and related rights in a wide array of federal courts and administrative tribunals.

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