Ian's Work


At the bottom on the left is an alphabetical list of the pages in this web site, to help you navigate if you feel so inclined.

A guide to our family photo album covering 1994-2010, showing the principal themes, is here.

A year by year guide to our family time-line from 1994 through 2007 is here.

A photo journal beginning in 2008 is here.

The most recent pages of the album, copies of posts from my WordPress family blog, http://ianstock.wordpress.com/, are linked here:

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Ian has the good fortune to enjoy his work.  Being a corporate lawyer is not very sexy, and being a lawyer often evokes a certain disdain in society (for Christmas one year, Nick was kind enough to give his father a daily calendar of lawyer jokes!), but negotiating and drafting deals is a real challenge and, especially when different cultures are involved, very interesting work.  

He hung out his own shingle at different times during the years covered by this photo album, working at home and part time. At other times he worked for a law firm, and at others in-house for a public company. Not for him the beaten track!

The photo on the left is of the first period under his own shingle, when he did business as Stock International Law in the home office at Le Tahu, this blended family's first home outside Paris. He had appropriated the best bedroom in this century-old brick home, which as you can imagine was greatly appreciated by management. Wherever one works, there is always management!

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Ian spent two and a half years as Special Counsel to the Corporate Finance Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the powerhouse high-tech law firm based in Palo Alto, the hub of California's Silicon Valley.  It was the time of the internet bubble, and a more stimulating corporate law firm would be hard to imagine.  John Fore, a friend from the first job out of law school in New York (other friends from Kronish Lieb can be seen here), runs the Corporate Finance Group and was kind enough to give Ian the job when no-one else saw the value that ten years of M&A and licensing experience in France could offer in Silicon Valley.  Think outside the box, people!!

On the right is most of WSGR's Corporate Finance Group on Ian's last day in September 2000. Left to right, the current partners in the Group are Kathy Huryn (far left), John (a long way over, with beard), John Mao (third from right) and Michael Occhiolini (far right). Andy Hirsch missed the photo op.

John Mao and Michael Occhiolini are in the photo below left.

There's a lot of turnover in corporate law firms nowadays. Most of the people in this photo had, by 2008, moved on in one way or another. The Corporate Finance Group is still there, of course.




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Ian moved on as Chief Corporate Counsel of Atmel Corporation, a chip company in San Jose, working for Mike Ross, the company's able General Counsel. Ian arrived just in time for the economic slowdown of the deflating internet bubble. His initial option grant was at an exercise price of over $11, and when he left two years and nine months later the stock was trading around $2 to $3.  Not a lot of incentive in there!

On the right, Mike Ross in his office.


Atmel has substantial operations in Europe, Scandanvia and Asia, as well as in the US, making this a perfect position for an international business lawyer. Ian handled a more diverse range of matters than if he had been working in a law firm, running the gamut from joint ventures in Taiwan and Norway through regular SEC filings through licenses and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.



On the left are Kelly, Atmel's tax guru, and John, its contracts supremo, in Kelly's cubicle before John moved over to help Atmel's international activities in Switzerland. Are you jealous?!

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Ian moved on again in 2003, this time down to Newport Beach in sunny and warm Southern California to become the first General Counsel of newly-public Mindspeed Technologies, Inc., another chip company. It was a good job, but the family did not want to move away from Santa Cruz, the company was very much under construction (see photo of Mindspeed's headquarters building!!), and the job didn't last long. Neither did the high-flying share price, and the options puttered out again. Such is life in the high-tech world. 


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In 2005, Ian went back to working under his own shingle, EntrepreLaw, where he makes available to a lucky few clients top notch contract lawyering for a fraction of the price offered by his peers at the big law firms.

In 2007, his office was one of a number of comfortable local coffee shops, his business development was Google AdWords and a website (www.entreprelaw.com), and his Skype phone number followed his laptop wherever he went.

He could not have imagined any aspect of such an incredibly mobile and flexible professional lifestyle when he first started out.

He helps entrepreneurs, start-ups and international business handle financings, licenses, sales and complex contracts on both sides of the Atlantic.



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Graduations 2007
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Happy Valley
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Historical Themes
Ian in England
Ian's 50th Birthday
Ian's friends
Ian's Work
Journal from 2008
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Law School Reunion
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Man Utd v. Barca
Missing You
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Moving House
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Nick 1999-2007
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Papa Ian
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