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Critical Start-Up Business & Legal Issues 2014

Speaker(s): Kristen Garcia Dumont, Parag Gheewala, Rachel B. Proffitt
Recorded on: Sep. 30, 2014
PLI Program #: 61209

Rachel B. Proffitt practices corporate and securities law and represents public and private clients, as well as venture capital and investment banking firms and other institutional investors, across a broad range of industries. Her practice focuses on general corporate and complex transactional matters, including venture capital transactions, public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions, and public-company disclosure and corporate governance.

Prior to joining Cooley, Rachel was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


  • Recognized in the Start-Ups & Emerging Companies category of the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with commentators describing her as "phenomenal," "thorough" and "incredibly fast to respond," and observers noting that "she does well at balancing risk"
  • Recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California for 2015


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law JD
  • Member, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review
  • Member, Hastings Security Law Society
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA, English, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University Honors Program

Admissions & Credentials

  • California

Kristen Garcia Dumont is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Group and a member of the firm’s Technology Company and Labor & Employment Practices. Her practice focuses on technology companies, representing them in a wide range of employment and trade secrets related disputes, including employee mobility and trade secret misappropriation lawsuits, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and whistleblower complaints.

Ms. Dumont also works extensively in the area of multi-plaintiff and class actions, including claims for employee and independent contractor misclassification, unpaid wages, penalties and unfair business practices. She counsels clients on all facets of employment relationships, including social media policies, privacy issues and protection of trade secrets. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Dumont has significant merger and acquisition experience and has worked closely with clients in structuring corporate transactions to minimize employment-related risks and to maximize the value of the transaction from an employment perspective.


Technology Transactions
Intellectual Property


Parag Gheewala chairs the technology transactions practice in the firm's Seattle and Austin offices. Parag advises clients on intellectual property issues and transactions involving the development, acquisition, use, or exploitation of technology. He represents companies at all stages of growth—from promising start-ups to industry-leading, multinational public companies—in an array of technology sectors, including cloud, mobile, software, software-as-a-service, hardware, video gaming, social networking, semiconductor, media, e-commerce, and alternative energy. Parag structures, drafts, and negotiates a broad range of commercial agreements, including customer, distribution, licensing, research, development, manufacturing, purchase, supply, and marketing agreements. He counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property issues, including intellectual property portfolio strategy, open source compliance, standards body participation, and settlement of intellectual property litigation. Parag also advises clients on intellectual property issues in mergers, acquisitions, intellectual property purchases, divestitures, public offerings, and investments.