Tom Lavelle

Managing Director of the High Tech Law Institute

Tom Lavelle is Managing Director of the High Tech Law Institute and a Lecturer for the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, working with Professor Laura Norris.  In addition to his role on the faculty, Tom has a private solo practice, representing small start-up companies in the technology area, functioning as “outside general counsel”.  His prior roles were as Senior VP and General Counsel at Rambus Inc. and VP and General Counsel at Xilinx Incorporated. Tom also spent sixteen years in senior legal positions at Intel Corporation, and also served briefly as VP and General Counsel for Steve Jobs at Next Computer, Inc.

Tom is a member of the School of Law’s Board of Visitors, and has served as a member of the High Tech Law Advisory Board for a number of years.  Tom also currently serves as President of the Intel Alumni Network, a local non-profit organization.


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, cum laude

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

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Currently Teaching

Entrepreneurs' Law Clinic Fall 2018
Entrepreneurs Law Clinic B Fall 2018