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Richard Blake



Richard is a partner in Gunderson Dettmer’s Silicon Valley office, where he specializes in public securities offerings, public company representation and corporate governance counseling. Richard has represented public and private clients across a broad range of industries, cost including enterprise software, semiconductors, entertainment, energy and clean technology, telecommunications and automobiles, as well as investment banking and venture capital firms. Richard’s public company and corporate governance practice includes preparing companies for initial public offerings, as well as counseling companies and boards of directors on complex public disclosure issues; fiduciary duties; board and committee governance and structure; board leadership; takeover defenses; board audits and self-evaluation processes; officer and director stock transactions; shareholder initiatives; proxy contests; risk oversight; conflicts of interest; relationships with stockholders and proxy advisory firms; compliance with legislative, regulatory, and listing rule requirements and governance “best practices.” Richard assisted as counsel to the New York Stock Exchange’s Commission on Corporate Governance, which issued its final report in fall 2010.

Richard is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences and panels including the Practicing Law Institute and NYSE Euronext. He has published numerous articles and was named a 2009 Northern California Rising Star by Law & Politics magazine. He is on the advisory board of

Prior to joining the firm, Richard was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He also clerked for Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice I. Daniel Stewart of the Utah Supreme Court.

Richard holds a BA with honors from Brigham Young University and a JD from Brigham Young University Law School where he graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif. He was executive editor of the BYU Law Review.