Corporate Finance
Venture Capital
Corporate Law & Governance
Energy Innovation & Clean Technology
Entrepreneurial Services
Mergers & Acquisitions


Herbert Fockler's practice focuses on corporate and securities work for both private and public companies. He has substantial experience with venture capital financings, public offerings, and public and private mergers and acquisitions in the high-technology area.

Herb has worked with computer software and hardware companies in the Internet, enterprise software, IC design automation, workstation, and mobile electronic-device areas, and with biotechnology companies in the development of new drugs and medical devices. He has represented numerous start-up, venture-backed, and public companies and individual entrepreneurs. He is one of the firm's attorneys working in the developing areas of alternative energy and clean technologies and serves as a judge in the California CleanTech Open business plan competition.

He is the past chairman of the Subcommittee on Transactional Documents and Issues of the American Bar Association's Committee on Venture Capital and Private Equity, and is a frequent speaker on various aspects of U.S. securities law. He also has served as a lecturer at Santa Clara University Law School, teaching an upper-level course in acquisitions of high-technology companies. Herb has a leadership role in the firm's Technology Committee and Knowledge Management program. Outside of law, he has substantial experience as a computer programmer—especially in the area of computer graphics—and ran a software house while in law school.

  • Alien Technology
  • Autodesk
  • Cadence Design Systems
  • Cell Genesys
  • Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Dolby Laboratories
  • Ducati North America
  • EO/AT&T
  • Intevac
  • J.D. Edwards
  • Linear Technology
  • Netscape
  • Philips Electronics
  • Silicon Graphics
  • Socket Mobile
  • Software Publishing
  • Sun Microsystems
  • WordPerfect
  • Numerous initial and follow-on equity and debt public offerings, including:
    • Cornerstone On Demand's 2011 $157 million initial public offering
    • Dolby Laboratories' February 2005 $570 million initial public offering
    • J.D. Edwards' October 1997 $417 million initial public offering, the largest software IPO in 1997
    • Multiple offerings by Earthlink, representing Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Credit Suisse First Boston
    • Multiple offerings by Ascend Communications, representing Morgan Stanley

  • Numerous public and private clients in acquisitions and sales:
    • Led the firm's team in representing J.D. Edwards in its 2003 $1.7 billion acquisition by PeopleSoft in the face of Oracle's hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft
    • Represented Quickturn Design Systems in its acquisition by Cadence Design Systems and subsequent successful hostile-takeover defense against Mentor Graphics
    • Led one of the firm's teams handling acquistions for Netscape
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
    Cum Laude
  • A.B., Physics, Princeton University
  • Named in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Co-author, "What's My Company Worth?" The Entrepreneurs' Report: Private Company Financing Trends, January 1, 2005 - September 30, 2007, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Fall 2007
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-320-4601
Fax | 650-493-6811

Email | Herbert Focklerhfockler@wsgr.com

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