Speaker Detail

Mark Radcliffe

Partner of DLA Piper USA, LLP


Mark Radcliffe is a partner in the Silicon Valley office of DLA Piper, a global law firm with over 4,000 lawyers in over 40 countries . He earned a B.S. in Chemistry magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. His practice focuses on representing corporations in their intellectual property and finance matters. In his thirty years practicing law in Silicon Valley, he has worked with a wide variety of companies from emerging growth companies such as Lightbend, Netratings, Anaconda and BulletProof360, Inc. to larger companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., Sony Corporation, Siemens Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Oracle Corporation.

He is the Chair of DLA’s Corporate Venture Practice Group which is the largest such group in the world and was awarded the Global Corporate Law Firm of the Year by GCV in 2015 and 2016 (no award was made in 2017). He started the corporate venture capital practice in 2001. He has developed several training programs for corporate venture capitalists including Term Sheets: Critical Issues and Best Practices for Board Members and Board Observers.  The course on Best Practices for Board Members and Board Observers has been presented to over 20 corporate venture capital groups and has recently been made available in an online version.  He is a regular speaker on venture capital, particularly corporate venture capital.

In January, 2013, he was appointed by the Department of State as the Private Sector Co-Chair of the US Japan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council. And he has been recognized by many organizations for legal work, in  1997, the National Law Journal cited him as one of America’s 100 most influential lawyers and the San Francisco Business Times has named him among the best lawyers in the San Francisco Bay area. He has also been recognized for his work in intellectual property licensing, in particular open source licensing.  The respected English publishers Chambers and Partners has repeatedly named him in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and has described him as “outstanding” and “a leader in open source-related matters.”