Ken Linhares

Kenneth Linhares is a partner in the corporate practice group of Fenwick & West LLP in Mountain View, California.  He represents technology-driven companies, ranging from start-ups to public corporations, primarily in the IT field.  Ken’s practice emphasizes the formation and ongoing corporate counseling of emerging companies, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and the securities reporting obligations of public companies. Ken is also involved in the structuring of employee equity incentives, joint ventures and spin-offs, and has represented trade associations.  In the course of his career, Ken has assisted clients such as Texas Pacific Group, Intuit Inc., Google, Cadence Design Systems, HNC Software, Sierra On-Line, Versant Corporation and Adaptec, and many venture-backed enterprises. Ken serves on his firm’s legal opinion committee and is a member of the Opinion Committee of the Business Section of the California Bar and the Working Group on Legal Opinions (WGLO). He is a charter member of the Advisory Board to the University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, Summa Cum Laude

B.A., Santa Clara University, Magna Cum Laude

Affiliations and Honors

Member of the State Bar of California

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