Mark E. Bonham

Mark E. Bonham

Of Counsel
Salt Lake City, UT

About Mark

Mark Bonham serves as co-chair of the firm’s Technology & Life Sciences practice and is located in the Salt Lake City office, where he focuses his practice on providing corporate legal counsel to technology, life sciences, software, internet-based, electronics, venture capital, and investment banking companies and emerging businesses. A member of the Corporate group, Mark is well-known in the Salt Lake City region due to his emerging business and venture capital experience. With a depth of knowledge in financing, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, equity compensation, business strategy, IPOs, SEC reporting, market entry, and exit strategy, Mark has worked with and fosters deep relationships with tech start-ups and emerging businesses.

Mark formerly was a partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he served corporate law clients for 20 years in California and Utah. He counseled clients in business formation, venture financing, IPO, M&A, licensing, equity compensation, and SEC reporting. He also co-managed a group of 16 lawyers, and at various times served on the Compensation and Investment Committees, co-chaired the Recruiting Committee, and co-chaired the Knowledge Management Committee for that firm. During his tenure at Wilson Sonsini, Mark also spent a period of time managing a team of in-house lawyers as acting general counsel of Octel Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: OCTL, since acquired).

Later, Mark and four other executives formed an emerging business consultancy, SageCreek Partners LLC, which advised technology companies in all stages of business from start-up to growth and succession. He has served as general counsel and chief privacy officer of a leading-edge software company, Sorenson Media, Inc., where he led the legal team in negotiating and closing a multi-million-dollar contract with the world’s largest seller of TVs. Mark also served as a director of SolarWinds, Inc. (NYSE: SWI, since acquired), where he was chairman of its Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee, and where he developed an innovative director survey and rating methodology.

A magna cum laude graduate and Trustees Scholar of Brigham Young University, Mark earned a juris doctor from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics. He has been listed in Chambers & Partners USA, has achieved an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell®, and is listed among the Legal Elite and Utah Super Lawyers®. In addition, he has been awarded Utah Corporate “Lawyer of the Year” and Salt Lake City area Venture Capital Law and M&A “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®.

Mark resides in Highland, Utah, with his wife of more than three decades. They are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for which he recently served a three-year term as president of its Washington Everett Mission. Mark and his wife, Kelly, have five children and seven grandchildren.

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  • Represented and advised hundreds of public and private companies since 1987.
  • Counseled boards and C-suite on legal and business transactions and decisions, including acquisitions, public offerings, governance, strategy, compliance, SEC reporting, venture financing, equity compensation, and other matters.
  • Worked on more than 25 completed IPOs, more than 80 completed M&A transactions ranging from single-digit millions to multi-billion-dollar public/public transactions, and hundreds of venture financings for both companies and investors.
  • Prepared for and contributed in hundreds of board and executive critical decision meetings.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Listed in Utah Super Lawyers®, Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney, Alpine, Utah, 2007, 2008 and 2013
  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Venture Capital Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2019; Mergers & Acquisitions “Lawyer of the Year,” Salt Lake City, 2010; and Corporate “Lawyer of the Year,” Utah, 2009
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law, Venture Capital Law), 2007-2019
  • Included in Utah Business Legal Elite, 2018-2019
  • Selected by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets) 2004, 2006
  • Top 100 Legal Elite™ Utah, 2003

Civic Activities

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President, Washington Everett Mission, 2013-2016
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Co-presenter, “What Every Entrepreneur Should Know about Forming and Growing a Life Sciences Company,” BioUtah Entrepreneur Bootcamp, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 19, 2017
  • Co-organizer and presenter for several years at the Directors and Officers Summit Conference, Park City, Utah

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