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Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

At a Glance


“Fast-moving, fun practice with very smart people and maverick clients.”

“I'm given a lot of responsibility.”

“The culture and relationships among colleagues.”


“Clients contact you at all times, and it’s difficult to not respond and set boundaries.”

“Lack of predictability; long hours.”

“Lack of diversity at the partnership level.”

About Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian is a Silicon Valley firm at heart, and it has already outgrown its status as a premier “boutique” for the technological world. The firm has expanded in the U.S. and internationally over the last few years. With offices in Ann Arbor, Boston, Beijing, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Singapore, the firm is an international specialist in emerging growth market matters for corporate and venture capital clients.

Emerging Growth Market, Boom or Bust

In 1995, Bob Gunderson, Scott Dettmer, and four other partners jumped ship from the now-defunct Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and started a Silicon Valley firm, just before the region's technology boom. In the next five years, the firm exploded alongside the region's dot-coms and startups, growing to 130 attorneys by the year 2000. Gunderson Dettmer maintained an impressive client list and a reputation as a go-to high-tech firm in a climate that did not treat other tech-focused firms so gently. Its success was at least partially achieved by riding another boom in growth equity and venture capital. The firm now enjoys a leading share of the market for venture capital fund legal work. PitchBook, Chambers International, The Legal 500, FinanceAsia, and U.S. News have all recognized the firm for both its venture capital and technology law practices.

Tech Mavens

Today, Gunderson Dettmer serves the venture capital market and counsels startups through its corporate and securities, executive compensation, intellectual property and tech transactions, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings/public companies, tax, and venture capital and growth equity fund formation and representation practices. The firm prides itself in representing clients “in every stage of a company’s lifecycle—from formation through maturity, acquisition or transition into public equity markets, and beyond.”

 In the acquisitions market, the firm has helped negotiate the sale of companies to tech goliaths like Apple, Cisco, Google, and Microsoft; pharmaceutical companies like Eli Lily, Allergan and Roche; and retail giants like Walmart and Amazon. Gunderson Dettmer clients have included companies like Doordash, Foursquare, Alimera Sciences, Palantir, Qlik Technologies, Veeva, and Harry’s, and venture funds such as Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, and Sequoia Capital.

A Summer Surprise

Earlier in its history, Gunderson Dettmer made a name for itself as a leader in the high-starting salary war. Though the firm may have lost its title as Silicon Valley's salary leader, it still maintains competitive pay. The firm is among those who gave summer bonuses in 2018, and in May 2019, the firm announced that it would once again pay summer bonuses in 2019.

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Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

550 Allerton Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: (650) 321-2400

Firm Stats

Administrative Partner: David Young
Hiring Partners: Nevin Fox (Boston); Melissa Marks and Ryan Purcell (NY); Jared Grauer and Gina Marek (Redwood City); Mike Heath (LA); John Tolpa (San Diego); Marcia Hatch (Ann Arbor)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
250 - 500

Base Salary

1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer associate: $3,653.85/week

Employment Contact

Colleen McNulty
Legal Recruiting Manager
(650) 321-2400

No. of U.S. Offices: 7

No. of International Offices: 2

Major Office Locations

Ann Arbor, MI
Boston, MA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Redwood City, CA (HQ)
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA

Major Departments

Corporate & Securities
Executive Compensation
Labor & Employment
Licensing, Strategic Partnering, & Commercial Transactions
Mergers & Acquisitions
Venture Capital & Growth Equity Fund Formation and Representation