Don is currently the Office Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s Silicon Valley office.  Don was previously chair of Reed Smith’s Securities & Capital Markets practice. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, teaching venture capital and finance at USF’s School of Management’s International & Executive Programs.  Don focuses on public and private financings of technology and other emerging growth companies, along with his extensive experience in middle market mergers and acquisitions, representing issuers as well as private equity and venture capital funds.  Prior to Reed Smith, Don chaired the Corporate Department of one of California’s largest law firms, Crosby Heafey, which he joined after bringing the law firm he co-founded and managed, Bay Venture Counsel, to Crosby. Don has also previously been selected as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine and the publishers of San Francisco Magazine


Don as spoken on a variety of corporate transactional matters, covering topics such as the public offering process, private equity finance, venture capital,  mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance and compliance for the State Bar of California, Practising Law Institute, CLE International, Legalworks, Deal Flow Media, ExecSense and Lorman, as well as speaking as a guest lecturer at numerous universities including USF, Cal State East Bay, U.C. Berkeley, Haas School of Business and Boalt Hall School of Law, and Golden Gate School of Law.