Scott Wornow

Special Counsel

Scott Wornow is a corporate attorney with nearly thirty years’ experience as a senior legal advisor and executive at public and private technology companies and at international law firms. Scott’s experience includes general corporate and commercial matters, M&A transactions, securities law matters, public and private capital markets and venture financings, technology licensing, corporate compliance, governance and internal investigations, litigation management, intellectual property portfolio development, executive compensation and human resource matters and corporate restructurings. During his career, Scott has practiced law in both New York and Silicon Valley, taken companies public as both internal and external counsel, developed and managed legal departmets at multiple companies, and has led more than $15 billion in financings and over $25 billion of mergers and acquisitions.

Before joining Coblentz, Scott founded and managed Wornow Legal & Advisory Services, a boutique legal and corporate advisory firm focused on providing strategic corporate counsel and business advisory services to entrepreneurs, management teams, middle market technology companies and technology-focused investors.

Prior to forming Wornow Legal & Advisory Services, Scott served as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary for a publicly traded global semiconductor company before its $3.6 billion sale. He has also been a partner at Paul Hastings LLP, Goodwin Procter LLP and Baker Botts LLP, with a client base that has included Fortune 500 companies, small, mid-cap and start-up entities, “bulge bracket” investment banks, venture firms and private equity funds. Scott has helped found several technology companies and has served as a Board Advisor to multiple start-ups.

Scott received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees with First Class Honors from Cambridge University, England, and a B.A. degree in economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia.

Served as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary for three publicly-traded technology companies in the wireless, software and semiconductor sectors, responsible for all corporate, commercial, securities, licensing, governance, M&A, employment, intellectual property and related matters.

Advised multiple start-ups and early stage companies in the technology sector in connection with financing, transactional, intellectual property and commercial matters.

Advised leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications companies on M&A transactions, public and private equity and high-yield debt financings and commercial matters.

Advised large cable system operators on M&A, corporate finance and commercial transactions.

Advised multiple “bulge” bracket” investment banks on capital markets and financial advisory transactions, including public and private equity and high-yield debt financings for cable, satellite, telecommunications and technology companies.

Advised multinational Japanese media and electronics company in connection with its venture capital investments.

Advised multinational U.S. industrial company in connection with largest-ever acquisition of a Japanese company.

Advised multinational South Korean electronics company in connection with its intellectual property strategies and patent portfolio acquisitions.

Advised a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm in connection with its technology investments.

Advised large U.S. industrial company on global M&A, commercial and technology transactions.

Served as Chief Restructuring Officer for a publicly-traded technology company in connection with its Section “363” bankruptcy process and sale.

Scott has been recognized with multiple awards during his career, including winning the award from the New York Stock Exchange for Best Governance, Risk & Compliance Program at a Small to Mid-Cap Company; winning awards twice from the Financial Times as one of the Most Innovative In-House Law Departments; and receiving recognition from the Association of Corporate Counsel for best In-House Employment Law Department.

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Successful Alternative Fee Arrangements Require Effective Lawyer-Client Alignment,” August 2017

San Francisco Daily Journal, “When Law Firms Look and Sound Alike,” June 2017

San Francisco Daily Journal, “When a “Standard” is Raised, Ask Why,” April 2017

State Bar of California, Business Law News, “Minutes Deserve More Time,” December 2016

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Focus on Value,” November 2016

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Compliance Programs Even More Essential After Jensen,” October 2016

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Kids Get Grades – Why Not Law Firms,” August 2016

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Essential Triad of Risk Management,” June 2016

San Francisco Daily Journal, “The Art of the Minutes,” May 2016

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Model T Laws in a Tesla-Driven World,” April 2016

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Assessing the In-House Revolution,” April 2016

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Thoughts on the State of Corporate Governance,” March 2016

CIO Review Magazine, “Rethinking Legal Technology,” March 2016

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Blinded by Just Thinking Like a Lawyer,” July 2015

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Syncing Outside, Inside Counsel,” February 2015

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Rethinking the ‘Professional Pyramid’,” January 2015

San Francisco Daily Journal, “Exclusive Forum Bylaws May Have Unintended Consequences,” November 2014

Co-author, Chapter on “Technology,” for Thomson Reuters Publications – “Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel” – 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016, 2017 and 2018

Modern Counsel Profile: “Reclaiming the Legal Department: Why Scott Wornow Took Legal Back from Outside Counsel and How the Change Has Impacted Atmel’s Bottom Line.”