Nicole L. Mushkin is a transactional attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing technology companies in Silicon Valley. Her work involves commercial transactions, including sales of products and services, licensing, development, distribution, and the acquisition of offshore services, as well as strategic transactions involving technology transfers effected through assignment, spin-out, joint venture formation, and asset purchase. She has also advised on multiple private and public corporate financing transactions. Her clients include companies in the software, hardware, wireless, and biotechnology industries.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Mushkin has worked both in house and as a private practitioner. She has represented both privately held venture-backed companies and Fortune 100 multinationals. As in house counsel, she was General Counsel of Saraide.com, Inc., a venture-backed wireless services company. During her tenure with Saraide, Ms. Mushkin managed Saraide's $360 million sale to InfoSpace.com Inc., oversaw an aggregate of $50 million in company financing, implemented a patent, trademark, and copyright strategy for the business, developed the appropriate international corporate structure for the company, negotiated technology and content acquisitions, supported commercial sales transactions, and advised with respect to corporate communications and human resources issues.
Ms. Mushkin was also an attorney with Oracle Corporation, where she was responsible for structuring and negotiating transactions for various sales, consulting, and business units. While at Oracle, Ms. Mushkin negotiated numerous multimillion-dollar deals with Fortune 100 companies, trained sales teams and consultants on negotiating tactics and appropriate risk management, and worked with Oracle senior management to orchestrate the formation, development, and integration of new lines of business. Ms. Mushkin has also served as Director of Licensing and Corporate Development for Pangea Systems, a privately funded bioinformatics company. Ms. Mushkin began her legal career in the Business and Technology group of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison.
Ms. Mushkin earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991. She earned her A.B. in History from Duke University in 1988, graduating cum laude and with honors.
Ms. Mushkin is a member of the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar.
Ms. Mushkin is an art docent for the Petaluma City School District in California. She formerly served on the Board of Directors of Children of Shelters, a San Francisco-based nonprofit benefitting homeless children. Ms. Mushkin enjoys horseback riding and is an avid amateur three-day eventer. She skis regularly.