Tech Law

With Tech companies consistently stretching the edges of our expectations, a business-as-usual approach to Tech Law issues is simply outdated. My law practice offers dynamic, intense, and intelligent legal representation for start-ups and boutique tech companies operating in various sub-industries: Design, Branding, App Development, Web Development, Blogs, Social Networks, Hacking and Cybersecurity, Software, XaaS, Incubators, Accelerators, Venture Capital, e-Commerce, BioTech, AdTech, FinTech, HealthTech, EdTech, and CleanTech.

“There is a reason that Ali Shahrestani is acknowledged in the elite group of, “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by The National Trial Lawyers organization. Words that come to mind after consulting with him [are] knowledgeable, trustworthy, of high character, and down to earth. I would highly recommend him to anyone who seeks legal representation from someone who will “shoot straight,” and knows the law. I have worked with various [attorneys] professionally, and personally, and I only wish I knew of Ali sooner. He would have been the only one. You can’t go wrong seeking his counsel.”

– Client Testimonial, August 19, 2015.

Tech Law representation focuses on unique issues faced in these sub-industries, including data breach liability, defamation of character, and privacy matters. The lawsuits that have generated the most public attention in recent years have centered on exactly such hacking, libel, and privacy issues. To try to prevent and efficiently handle such pitfalls, companies are wise to hire top-quality counsel to create a stable legal infrastructure, intelligently advise on sensitive issues before they conflagrate, and aggressively face legal disputes from start to finish. I offer exactly this kind of legal representation. We can discuss your concerns soon by way of an Initial Consultation.

Too many small and mid-size Tech companies are scaling new heights without the safety net of consistent legal counsel. While they may hire a lawyer to help them form their corporation at the start, they often don’t turn to a lawyer until it’s too late in the midst of a serious legal dispute. Such companies are often operating with razor-thin profit margins; thus even relatively minor disputes can quickly turn into existential threats. That’s not the right way to do business. When you hire quality outsourced General Counsel, you can maximize your protections and minimize your liabilities.

“An Excellent Attorney – General Counsel:

I have retained Mr. Ali Shahrestani, Esq. as the General Counsel for my software company since 2008. Mr. Shahrestani handles contractual issues, intellectual property matters, and other employment/ labor concerns. In addition to being very knowledgeable, resourceful and highly professional, Mr. Shahrestani is tenacious, prompt and sincere. His credentials are impeccable. If you are looking for an honest, very competent lawyer who has your interests at heart and charges the most reasonable fees in the Bay Area, then I highly recommend Mr. Shahrestani to you.”

– Client Testimonial, Dec 26, 2009

Among other things, your attorney should draft all your contractual documents, partnership and employee agreements, and workplace policies; review the legal implications of your business practices and major decisions; and advise you when you’re dealing with employee complaints and minor disputes with business partners, competitors, and governmental entities. And it need not break the bank: I offer sliding scale rates for low-income clients and limited scope representation for clients on a fixed budget. You can read more about my Attorney’s Fees here.

“The level of service I received from Ali Shahrestani was simply outstanding. From our initial consultation, to our phone and e-mail communication, to our finished work product, he remained focused and professionally engaged. Most impressive was his ability to see the big picture, while helping me focus on the details that were most relevant to my situation. Ali knew exactly how to tailor our work product for the audience it was intended for. Ali showed passion for his work and respect for me as a client. I highly recommend Ali Shahrestani to anyone seeking legal counsel.”

– Client Testimonial, May 20, 2015.

Of course in addition to Intellectual Property representation, I offer entities and individuals in the Tech world with legal representation in business formation, mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, negotiations, litigation, employee matters, contractual transactions and disputes, compliance issues, and White Collar criminal defense matters.

You can read more about me on this website, including my credentials, testimonials, publications, awards and honors. I also recommend reading my article on how to choose the Right Attorney.

“Ali Shahrestani was extremely prompt and efficient with information, advice, research, and actions related to our legal inquiries. He has great communication skills and was always available to talk or correspond via phone or email. Ali’s work ethic, expertise, and professionalism sets him apart from other attorneys. We will not only seek Ali’s help in the future, but strongly recommend him for other people or entities seeking legal services.”

– Client Testimonial, December 8, 2014.

Related Articles:

Artisanal Coffee and Chocolate: My Silent Partners

Keep Your Word: A Contract is a Contract

DIY Lawsuit? – Legal Protections for Small Businesses, DIY Culture, and the Maker Movement

Identity Theft and Your Business’s Liability to Your Clients’ Safety

Mr. Ali Shahrestani Successfully Defends Client in Business Investment Fraud Trial: Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Issues Tentative Judgment for Defense in Business Fraud Lawsuit

Business Investment Fraud on the Rise

Overview of California Trade Secrets Law and Trade Secrets Litigation

Overview of US Patent Litigation and US Patent Law


“In California, anyone can sue anyone for any reason. I was a defendant in a million dollar civil suit and attacked for four years before the trial was actually scheduled to begin in earnest. I only had a few months to prepare a defense and was absolutely blessed to find Ali Shahrestani in my “eleventh hour.” I suppose there are two critical points in our lives when we need a lawyer – the first of these is any time we find ourselves in trouble already, and the second is when we have the smarts to prepare in advance for things that can cause us trouble down the road. I had the opportunity to work with Ali in both arenas and I highly recommend him, without reservation, to you. Ali has all the characteristics that one needs in an attorney – but rarely finds as one package. Ali is highly intelligent and has a remarkable ability to absorb volumes of information in a very short period of time. Beyond the benefits of being able to keep costs to a minimum for this kind of review, he comes out the other side having not missed a single important point. He is immediately on target about what the information is – and more importantly what it means to you. In my case I had 26 lbs of pleadings – a totally overwhelming volume for anyone – but not for Ali. Ali has a superior absorption and recall ability that regularly left me speechless. The comfort I found in trusting my trial outcome to Ali was reinforced with every interaction. He was brilliant in the courtroom, assuming control and extracting the real truth from those who absolutely did not want to give it. He is alive and passionate and at all times I felt that the case was every bit as important to him as it was to me. With Ali, I won my case on every single issue and every single point … Ali Shahrestani … certainly possesses the wily intelligence but instead finds real hope and gives it to those who need it. He is my lawyer for life! Do yourself the favor of getting to know him.”

– Client Testimonial, February 2, 2011.

Please read the crucial Terms of Use pertaining to your use of this website, disclaimers, and other necessary information on my Terms of Use page.