Mark L. Skaist is a shareholder in the Newport Beach office of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the firm’s Corporate and Securities Department and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Skaist specializes in corporate and securities law. His practice focuses on public and private securities offerings, venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property (including technology licensing, development and distribution transactions), primarily in the high technology/information technology industries. He also advises clients on matters involving corporate governance and employee compensation. His clients, who range from early stage start-ups to large publicly traded companies, include those involved in network infrastructure technology, enterprise software, telecommunications, new media, clean technology/renewable energy and apparel/action sports, as well as a number of venture capital and private equity firms.
Special Honors and Memberships
Mr. Skaist was featured in the “Ask the Attorney” column of Red Herring, Upside and American Venture magazines. He is an active member of OCTANe where he serves on the Technology Industry Leadership Council and is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth. Mr. Skaist was an associate at Irell & Manella, Los Angeles, from 1991 to 1993. He received a BA in Economics from UCLA and his JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was awarded a Fritz Burns Scholarship for Academic Achievement, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the St. Thomas More Honor Society. Mr. Skaist is an AV Rated Attorney (highest peer rating).
Mr. Skaist currently serves on the Board of Directors of, and as outside general counsel to, the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California, as well as on the Board of Directors of Project Access.
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