Colleen Dewhirst practices in Stoel Rives’ Technology & Intellectual Property group. Colleen is a skilled negotiator and contract specialist with a keen ability to balance knowledge and nimbleness to adeptly identify legal risks and craft appropriate, innovative business solutions and best practices.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Colleen served as in-house commercial or technology counsel for a variety of companies in the semiconductor, software, hardware, services, and manufacturing industries. She was in private practice from 2002 to 2015.


Santa Clara School of Law, J.D., 1996

San Jose State University, B.A. Political Science/Environmental Science, 1993




  • Strategized and provided legal counsel to incubator start-up clients (areas of focus included immersive and volumetric technology in sports and augmented and virtual reality media, skeletal and biometric data, and commercial drones).
  • Drafted and negotiated domestic and international contracts including NDAs, inbound and outbound licensing agreements, SaaS agreements, MSAs, license agreements, supplier agreements, joint development agreements, employment agreements, and real estate agreements.
  • Structured multimillion-dollar commercial transactions and joint development agreements with leading cloud, memory, and information technology companies.


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