Shaalu Mehra - McDermott Will & Emery


Shaalu Mehra advises clients on corporate and technology transactions, with an emphasis on emerging company venture capital, corporate venture capital, multinational joint ventures, technology procurement, and IP acquisition / licensing. His clients range from Fortune 50 multinationals making “bet-the-company” technology investments — including FAANG companies, automakers, energy producers, telcos, and chipmakers — to first-time founders new to the EC/VC ecosystem. He has practiced in Silicon Valley since graduating law school in the late 90s and has a background as a computer science researcher and software developer.

Recognized as a leading authority on corporate and technology law, Shaalu is a frequently published author and has been cited in Compliance Week, Financial Week, Bloomberg, ComputerWorld, Information Week, Inside Counsel, Ecommerce Times,, and InfoWorld. He has also been a featured speaker at numerous national and international conferences such as the Open Source Business Conference, LinuxWorld and the SEC Hot Topics Conference, as well as events sponsored by a number of high-profile organizations, including the Association of Corporate Counsel, ITechLaw, Sourcing Industry Group, Stanford University, Boalt Hall, The University of Washinton, TiE and NASABA.


  • Legal 500 US, Hall of Fame in Technology and Transactions, 2018-2024; Technology and Transactions Leading Practitioner, 2012-2017
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer, 2007-2019
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star for Strategy and Counseling, IP transactions (National and California), 2018-2020 and 2023-2024
  • Daily Journal, Top Twenty Under Forty, 2010
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal, Top Forty Under Forty, 2008


  • University of Michigan Department of Computer Science and Engineering, National Advisory Board




Columbia University School of Law, JD, 1998
University of Michigan, MS, 1995
University of Notre Dame, BS, 1992


US Patent and Trademark Office