Christopher Ream

 Legal Counsel

Experienced Business Law Counseling

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After Mr. Ream received his law degree from Boalt Hall (UC, Berkeley) in 1971, he joined the Palo Alto firm now known as Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati.  In 1976, he founded Ream & Train, a firm concentrating on transactional and litigation work for businesses that grew to 23 lawyers in Palo Alto and San Francisco.  In 1989, the firm then known as Ream, Roskoph & Busselle elected to dissolve, and Mr. Ream has practiced independently ever since, giving each client his personal attention.

His broad experience in transactional work ranges from representing venture capitalists,  incorporating new businesses and setting up investment partnerships, representing his clients in raising private placement equity and debt capital, working on all of the growth problems encountered by emerging businesses, mergers and acquisitions, to public offerings of those businesses and follow-on representation of them as public companies.

General legal and securities counsel for a corporation publicly traded in the NASDAQ National Market.

Lead investor counsel in over 70 multi-million dollar venture capital financings.

His litigation experience ranges from contract disputes, commercial leases, trade secrets, securities fraud, to fights for corporate control, and includes jury trials, court trials and arbitrations.

Led a successful defense team in a seven-week antitrust jury trial, and saved the defense judgment on appeal.

Represented a significant private investor claiming he was treated unfairly when his company was acquired by public company.  The matter was resolved before trial.

Expert witness on securities and other business matters.

Court-appointed arbitrator in business litigations.

Mr. Ream is past President of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association, representing several thousand lawyers practicing in Silicon Valley

Mr. Ream has received the "Preeminent" rating of 5.0 out of 5 in the national peer review conducted by Martindale-Hubbell.