Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP, the global leader in venture capital and emerging companies law, announced today that Jeffrey C. Thacker and Ross L. Burningham joined the firm as partners in the corporate practice group. Jeff will be based in the firm’s San Diego office and Ross will split his time between the firm’s San Diego office and the firm’s Los Angeles office. They join Gunderson Dettmer from the San Diego office of DLA Piper.

Jeff focuses his practice on the representation of public technology and life sciences companies. He represents his clients in their capital markets transactions including IPOs, secondary offerings, and private placements. He also represents his clients in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. Jeff received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, and his B.S. from Brigham Young University.

Ross represents emerging companies, particularly technology and biotech companies, throughout their lifecycle. He advises these companies on general corporate law, and also represents them in financings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs. Ross also represents venture capital firms and investment banks in their investments. He received his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School and his B.S. from Brigham Young University.

“We’re excited to add Jeff and Ross to our SoCal, public and life sciences practices,” said Gari Cheever, head of the firm’s San Diego office. “Ross’s experience in the Los Angeles market and Jeff’s public company practice are the perfect complement to our firm and will help serve the needs of our constantly growing client base.”


Gunderson Dettmer is the leading law firm serving the legal needs of the global venture capital and emerging company marketplace. The firm and its 200 lawyers are nationally recognized by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, PitchBook, SuperLawyers, and Best Lawyers in each of the firm’s practice areas. Gunderson Dettmer serves the business legal needs of thousands of leading technology and life sciences companies and hundreds of venture capital firms worldwide.

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