Andre Gharakhanian is the founding partner at Silicon Legal Strategy, the premier boutique law firm providing targeted, bottom-line-oriented advice to technology start-ups, innovative entrepreneurs, and seasoned investors. Andre has served as the primary legal counsel for emerging companies at varying stages of development—from fledgling endeavors to venture-backed companies with hundreds of employees. He has also helped clients to negotiate and structure countless venture financings, M&A transactions, and strategic partnerships. Prior to starting Silicon Legal, Andre worked for Orrick's Emerging Companies Group in Silicon Valley, Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago, and the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Andre received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. In 2012, Andre was named one of the top 20 lawyers in California under the age of 40 by the Daily Journal.