Paul J. Tauber


Paul Tauber brings wide-ranging transactional experience to his corporate clients, including many fast-paced, innovative businesses, and often serves in an outside general counsel role. He is particularly skilled in the areas of financing, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing, and joint ventures.

Paul represents businesses of all sizes from startups to publicly held multinational enterprises and from family-held businesses to tax-exempt organizations. He has extensive experience with corporate financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions as well as licensing of technology and other intellectual property. A significant part of Paul’s practice also involves structuring, negotiating, and documenting international business transactions, particularly those involving foreign businesses establishing, investing in, or partnering with businesses in the United States.  He also advises clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and privacy requirements. His clients operate in diverse industries including software, Internet, biotechnology and medical devices, semiconductors, financial services, food and beverage, and entertainment/media.

Joint venture and strategic alliance transactions are a common part of Paul’s transaction practice. He also has extensive knowledge of general contractual matters including manufacturing, reseller and professional services agreements, employment and consulting agreements, and negotiated resolutions of business disputes.

Paul splits his time between the firm's San Francisco and Palo Alto offices.

Professional Activities

Paul is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco. He is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of International Trade.

Paul is a member of the Advisory Board of TAGLaw®, the esteemed international alliance of independent law firms. He also serves on the board of directors of The Earth Awards Foundation, a foundation dedicated to supporting long-term relief from natural disasters and the development of sustainable products, as well as on the advisory board of several startup companies.


Paul earned his undergraduate degree in economics and government from Cornell University (1990), a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (1992), and his law degree from the University of Michigan (1995). While at Michigan, he served as Associate Editor and Contributing Editor of the University of Michigan Journal of International Law, and he co-authored an article on liberalizing international trade in legal services.

Case Studies


AgJunction Inc. provides innovative hardware and software applications for precision agriculture worldwide. The company is headquartered in Hiawatha, Kansas, with facilities in Silicon Valley; Scottsdale, Arizona; Calgary; Winnipeg; and Queensland, Australia. AgJunction was referred to us by our...

Pure Wafer

Pure Wafer plc is a provider of high quality silicon wafer reclaim services to a blue chip customer base of semiconductor manufacturers and independent foundries from its manufacturing facilities in Swansea, Wales and Prescott Arizona. However, following a fire at its Swansea facilities in 2014,...