Howard Lasky

Partner

With more than 20 years of experience, Howard Lasky has a broad-based business practice that emphasizes general corporate and intellectual property matters, private company financing, and mergers and acquisitions. 

Howard has provided legal and business advice to numerous venture-backed technology and other emerging companies and their boards of directors, as well as seasoned privately held and public companies. He also represents venture, hedge, and buy-out funds. He advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property, including planning, inbound and outbound licensing and the acquisition and disposition of extensive intellectual property portfolios.

Professional Activities

Howard spent several years as the Vice President and General Counsel of Digital Island, Inc. a publicly traded technology company. After that company's acquisition, he became Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Cable & Wireless PLC, a London and NYSE publicly traded company.

Education

Howard earned his J.D. with high honors from Golden Gate University Law School (1987), where he was an editor of the Golden Gate University Law Review. 

Case Studies

Ascentia Wine Estates

Coblentz represented Ascentia Wine Estates, a high-end wine company in Healdsburg, CA, in several high-profile matters over the years: the sale of its brands Gary Farrell Winery to Vincraft Group (2011) and Buena Vista Carneros to Wheeler Winter (Boisser Family Estate) (2011); the sale of Geyser...

Family-Held Vineyards

Coblentz lawyers of various specialties have worked with a number of family-owned vineyards, setting up vineyard leases, vineyard management agreements, custom crush agreements and the like. Such situations provide special estate planning opportunities.

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Federated Media Publishing, Inc.

Coblentz represented online advertising company Federated Media Publishing, Inc., in its $19.5 million acquisition of Foodbuzz, Inc., a network of 4,400 independent food bloggers, which reports reaching more than 14 million users per month. San Francisco-based Federated Media sells advertising...

San Francisco 49ers

The work we’ve done as lead real estate and corporate counsel for the San Francisco 49ers and its affiliates includes large, complex, and seemingly impossible deals: everything from an ownership reorganization to a major real estate and land use project to advising on complex property and...

Solazyme, Inc.

Solazyme, Inc. is a renewable oil production company and the leader in algal synthetic biology. Coblentz served as legal counsel for Solazyme in its $57 million Series C round of financing, which included investors Braemar Energy Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, The Roda Group, Harris &...