Vested Law is comprised of the best and brightest counselors who work together to help you achieve your vision. We are world-class transactional and litigation attorneys who also bring a diverse skill set to the table including significant expertise and experience in technology, entrepreneurship, finance, and business strategy.
- Managing Partner (Pasadena Office)
Todd brings positive value to the company’s general ledger. Rated by his peers as being within the top 5% of practicing attorneys in California year after year, he is a business-oriented trial attorney who has tried and won matters before jurors, judges, and arbitrators. Todd has worked with some of the world’s leading technology companies to help them cultivate, protect, and monetize their assets. He is also an international speaker and author with over 20 publications on intellectual property in multiple languages.
- Partner (San Francisco Office)
Jesse Berg is a business attorney focused on corporate and securities matters and commercial transactions. He advises start-ups, privately held companies and entrepreneurs principally in the areas of technology, e-commerce, digital publishing, new media and gaming. He frequently serves as outside general counsel for these companies. Jesse has legal experience at large and small law firms, as general counsel of a publicly traded software company and as the co-founder of a number of different companies. He is licensed to practice law in California.
- Partner (Dallas Office)
Dane’s diverse skill set epitomizes Vested. He is a world-class transactional attorney who becomes directly involved in the goals and future of each client to obtain valuable intellectual property assets and then monetize them. Dane’s significant prosecution and litigation experience complements his other work in private equity finance, business risk management and negotiations, and technology development.
- Of Counsel (Dallas Office)
Michael works as a skilled negotiator to identify settlement options and secure agreements that can avoid the necessity of litigation. He understands his clients work hard to accumulate their wealth and he uses his unique style of negotiation to protect those clients and their assets. There are, however, times when litigation is necessary. Few law firms are willing to take cases to trial. At those times, Michael believes the only place to measure success is in the courtroom. In these cases, he views settlement as an option only for the opposition.
- Of Counsel (San Francisco Office)
Stephen is an employment law specialist and business litigator. He uses his extensive experience to assist employers, employees, executives and minority shareholders to create proactive employment agreements, policies and procedures and find effective solutions to their employment issues. His practice includes employment contracts, wage and hour claims, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, fraud, and defamation. As a skilled trial attorney, Stephen has successfully handled hundreds of cases, many through trial or arbitration, and numerous appeals.
- Of Counsel (Columbus Office)
John Hyre is an exceptional tax attorney with 20 years experience. Prior to venturing into private practice, John worked for a Fortune 500 company as Tax Counsel and for two of the “Big Three” accounting firms as a Tax Consultant. John has been involved in tax planning for start-ups, large corporate and partnership/LLC transactions, international transactions, REITs, and executive compensation arrangements. John also has extensive experience with the taxation of real estate and self-directed IRA’s and 401(k)’s. John has successfully defended clients in IRS audits and Tax Court.
- Of Counsel (Columbus Office)
Ron Koch has over 25 years of legal and engineering experience. He has litigated patent, trademark, copyright, as well as other civil and criminal matters in state and federal courts across the nation. He is licensed in Ohio federal & state courts as well as various other federal courts (pro hac vice) around the nation. He is licensed to practice before the USPTO on patent prosecution matters. Ron is also a small business owner and patent holder.
- Partner (Santa Monica Office)
Kresimir is a corporate and securities attorney who represents companies in all stages of development from startup to public. He has assisted public clients in IPOs, spin-offs, going private transactions, SEC compliance, corporate governance, reorganizations and complex financing transactions. He advises startups and middle market companies on contracts, equity compensation, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder matters. Kresimir has also been the CEO of a healthcare IT startup and the co-founder of two other startups.
- Partner (Salt Lake City Office)
Steven is a registered patent attorney licensed before the State of Utah, Commonwealth of Virginia, and US Patent and Trademark Office. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Utah, and studied Computer Science, Naval Science and English at Brigham Young University (BYU), where he received his undergraduate degree. Steven has founded and sold several companies including eWatches.com and PrizeWise.com, which both grossed over $1 million in revenues in their first years in business. He also founded theopticon.com, a free legal file exchange.
Over my 35-year career I've worked with many lawyers and law firms and, without a doubt, Todd (Miller) and his partners at Vested Law have outperformed all of them. When running a company it's so helpful to have a resource that's not only incredibly responsive but also able to take into account critical business considerations when providing legal advice. I've received much thanks from the numerous professionals I've referred to Vested and Todd ... he's made me look good.Colin Hurren, President, Bluelounge
I began my company literally as a mom & pop venture that brought me out of retirement. Though I enjoyed a lot of success in my career as a physician managing a practice with several doctors and numerous staff, when it came time to scale this company I was out of my depth. Vested counsel has guided me through international expansion, IP protection and more.Richard Miller, HackersRx Golf
I've worked with and co-founded a number of growth-stage companies over the past 25 years, and until I met the guys at Vested I'd not experienced working with lawyers who truly understood my business. A big part of the value of a professional relationship is being able to speak the same language. That's a huge plus for me with Vested.Colin Mangham, Entrepreneur and Consultant
Because Vested Law has been created to serve you, the client, we have formed strategic alliances with a number of other organizations that serve as advisors to Vested. These allies include the following:
Kirk Conole provides general consulting in the area of Energy consumption and strategic use for DCI Solutions’ clients. DCI Solutions collaborates with forward-thinking executives to generate large tax and overhead savings with ease and unmatched expertise. Kirk is also responsible for marketing the firm’s CORE (Corporate Overhead Reduction) throughout the DCI client base.
Mr. Fennel is a big picture strategist. As a co-founder of Level 11 LLC, a leading boutique consulting firm, he creates and executes on strategies for both B2B and B2C companies and products. Though his clients have included everything from start-ups to Fortune 100 enterprises, his firm focuses primarily on early-stage and other rapid growth companies and business models. Mr. Fennel also practiced law from 1989 to 2003. He specialized in intellectual property/entertainment litigation as well as monetization of intellectual property assets through innovative joint ventures, cross-promotions, and new market development.
Colin Mangham develops and communicates new and important ideas and organizations, chiefly as a marketing executive, innovation catalyst, entrepreneur, and certified specialist in the field of bioinspired innovation. Colin’s innovation consulting practice has supported the successes of companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 corporations. It leverages his 25 years of experience in strategy and communications development to create, communicate, deliver and sustain the value of technological, organizational, and social innovation.
Michael Preston, with Focal Point Coaching, focuses on Business Growth and specializes in improving Sales and Profitability. He believes that anyone is capable of great things once they choose to achieve them, and he is committed to find and empower these champions through education, accountability, and his own passion to see them succeed. For Vested Law clients who are ready for change and growth, Michael is available to build upon our counsel and help you to even greater success.
Kat Shoa is the Managing Director of The Directive Group (www.thedirectivegroup.com), a boutique business consultancy firm offering value creation, business strategy, organizational change management, revenue growth, market expansion, and operational efficiency for companies offering products, services, technologies, and intellectual properties. By acting as interim CEO/executive, or directly working with CEOs or boards of her client companies, she has repositioned her clients for extreme sales and profitability growth.
Focal Point, for which Michael Preston is a certified and leading representative, is an international training and coaching organization. The company is a recognized global leader in the area of Peak Performance training. Focal Point’s core material and methodologies have been written and developed by world-renowned author, educator, business consultant and speaker Brian Tracy.
The Early X Foundation is a non-profit organization created to help researchers discover and develop multiple new revenue opportunities from their latent intellectual property assets.