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Andrew H. Pontious

Andrew H. Pontious


Andrew (Andy) is a partner who counsels clients in a wide range of business and transactional matters. He came to this specialty in a non-traditional way, earning an aeronautical engineering degree and beginning his career as an engineer at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing). He then switched tracks and attended law school, working as a litigator for four years after earning his JD. He subsequently transitioned away from litigation to transactional work, which is now his primary focus. His experience includes mergers, acquisitions and other business restructuring transactions, equity financings, securities issuances and regulatory compliance, corporate governance and strategic planning, commercial agreements, and intellectual property protection, for individuals, investors, family-owned and other private and public companies of all sizes.

Andy is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and spends most of his time working directly with clients. Outside the office, you can find him spending time with his family (including two teenage sons), hiking, or sailing.

  • Structuring business relationships and general business and contract negotiation and counseling
  • General Counsel services
  • Buying, selling and restructuring businesses
  • Business formation and structuring, including choice of business entities and structuring the relationship among the founders
  • Securities law matters and regulatory compliance
  • Delisting and deregistering securities of and terminating periodic Securities and Exchange Commission reporting obligations of public companies in “going private” and “going dark” transactions
  • Equity investments and financings for companies and investors
  • Intellectual property and technology transactions, including licensing, distribution, and employee and consultant relationships
  • Proprietary protection for copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, including the prosecution of federal registrations of copyrights and trademarks


  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of South Carolina
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco


  • J.D. – Santa Clara University, 1991
  • B.S.A.A.E. – Purdue University, 1986
  • Business Law