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Donna M. Petkanics

Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
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Education
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Career History
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Non-Profit Donations & Grants
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Donna M. Petkanics

Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

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5
Board Seats
10
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Managing Director at Divergent Ventures LLC

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Educational Background

Juris Doctor 
Class of 1985 
The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, commonly referred to as Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Law is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, with acceptance rates lower than every school except Yale and Stanford. The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, the department was renamed the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950. The School was originally located in the center of the main UC Berkeley campus in the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall. In April 2008, the law school rebranded itself from "Boalt Hall" to "Berkeley Law", in order to more closely tie the law school's name with the campus upon which it resides. The administration hopes that this move will further increase the law school's prestige, since people will now associate it with the Berkeley campus.
B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa 
Class of 1980 
Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

Memberships

Member
State Bar is currently governed by a 23-member Board of Trustees.State Bar of California is by far the largest state bar in the country. Nearly 179,000 State Bar members actively practice law in California, while the rest retain their licenses as inactive members.State Bar of California is the only state bar in the nation with independent professional judges dedicated to ruling on attorney discipline cases. The independent State Bar Court hears the charges and has the power to recommend that the California Supreme Court suspend or disbar those attorneys found to have committed acts of professional misconduct or convicted of serious crimes. For lesser offenses, it may issue public or private reprovals.
Judge
2006 - 2009
The Cleantech Open is an American private company located in Redwood City, CA, that organizes competitions for business plans that deal with energy, environmental and economic issues. The firm was founded by Mark E. Gottschalk and Rebeca Eun Young Hwang.

Career History

Partner
1985 - Current
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past five decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector.The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors.Their broad range of services and legal disciplines are focused on serving the principal challenges faced by management and the boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in corporate governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions.The firm has offices in Austin, Georgetown, DE, Hong Kong, New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.
Lecturer, Venture Capital & Initial Public Offerings
2010 - 2013
The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, commonly referred to as Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Law is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, with acceptance rates lower than every school except Yale and Stanford. The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, the department was renamed the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950. The School was originally located in the center of the main UC Berkeley campus in the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall. In April 2008, the law school rebranded itself from "Boalt Hall" to "Berkeley Law", in order to more closely tie the law school's name with the campus upon which it resides. The administration hopes that this move will further increase the law school's prestige, since people will now associate it with the Berkeley campus.
Staff Economist
Prior

Boards & Committees

Corporate Boards ▾
Member, Business Advisory Council
2017 - Current
Illuminate Ventures focuses on early-stage investments in US-based high growth, capital efficient high technology companies. The firm focuses on companies operating in the fields of Internet, SaaS, cloud computing, infrastructure, data analytics, security, IIoT, technology enabled services and mobile and wireless solutions. Illuminate Ventures is typically the first institutional investor at early stages, but they also invest at a point where established companies seeking for first equity financing. They invest in Series and Seed rounds by filling the gap between angel capital and larger funding rounds of traditional VCs. The firm is particularly interested in new and innovative business ideas led by committed, talented and diverse teams, particularly those that include women entrepreneurs. They also make co investments.
Member, Board of Directors
Prior
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past five decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector.The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors.Their broad range of services and legal disciplines are focused on serving the principal challenges faced by management and the boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in corporate governance, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and technology licensing and other intellectual property transactions.The firm has offices in Austin, Georgetown, DE, Hong Kong, New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.
Non-Profit Boards ▾
Chair Emeritus, Board of Directors
Current
FLY's mission is to prevent juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, mentoring and leadership training. Each year thousands of youth in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in California are cited for a juvenile offense because few understand the consequences of juvenile crime and have the life skill development needed to make informed, intelligent, and healthy decisions. FLY was founded in 1998 to educate youth in the law and life, and empower them with hope for their futures.
Member, Board of Directors
Current
National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance, Inc. provides higher education, invention, and entrepreneurship services. It funds and trains faculty and students innovators to create successful and socially beneficial businesses. It offers grants to faculty to start programs in technology entrepreneurship, particularly ones that focused on the development of E-Teams-groups of students, faculty and advisors working to commercialize a novel idea. The company was founded on April 11, 2007 and is headquartered in Hadley, MA.
Director
Current
Venture Well LLC operates as higher education network that cultivates revolutionary ideas and promising inventions. It transforms higher education and social entrepreneurship to leading institutions, from foundations to government agencies to major businesses. The firm also provides early stage, catalytic funding, business/venture development expertise, network facilitation, thought leadership in entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship course design and implementation services. . The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Hadley, MA.
Member, Board of Trustees
2006 - 2011
The University of California, Berkeley Foundation (UCBF) has been dedicated to supporting UC Berkeley’s core endeavors — teaching, research, and public service — since 1948. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of volunteer and campus leaders. In addition to fundraising for the University, the Board’s mission is to serve as an advisory group for the Chancellor and the campus as a whole — to ensure UC Berkeley’s continuing stature as one of the world’s preeminent institutions of higher learning.
Member, Board of Directors
2000 - 2010
Member, Board of Advisors
2000 - 2006
Co-Chair, Leadership Council
Prior
Member, Board of Visitors
2003 - ?
The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS or Weinberg) is the largest of the eleven schools comprising Northwestern University, located in Evanston, Illinois and downtown Chicago, Illinois. It was established in 1851 and today comprises 25 departments and many specialty programs. WCAS enrolls students in its classes from all of Northwestern's undergraduate schools, including the Medill School of Journalism, School of Music, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Communication, and School of Education and Social Policy. All faculty members at Weinberg teach undergraduate students. About 3 percent of student enrollments are in courses taught exclusively by teaching assistants, mostly in small introductory courses in foreign languages; all other courses are taught by professors.[2] The number of men and women at Weinberg is about equal; 30 percent of undergraduates belong to racial or ethnic minorities. Students also come from all 50 states; Illinois is the home of the largest number of students, followed by California, Ohio, and New York. Seven percent of Weinberg students are from foreign countries.[2] WCAS has 15 interdisciplinary programs that offer minors or majors. These include American studies, European studies, Integrated Science (ISP), Legal Studies, Mathematical Experience for Northwestern Undergraduates (MENU), Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS), and the Writing Major. Each of these programs has special admissions requirements.[2] Each freshman at WCAS is required to take two "Freshman Seminars," 15 or 16 students in each, focused on the development of writing and discussion skills. A freshman's typical schedule each quarter includes a small class of 15 students, a class of 20-25 students, and two larger lecture courses. Last year fewer than 10 of more than 2000 courses in Weinberg College enrolled over 300 students.[2] Each year, faculty members associated with several of Northwestern's graduate programs teach undergraduates. Professors from the Kellogg School of Management offer courses in accounting, finance, and marketing especially designed for Weinberg students. Law School faculty each year teach several undergraduate courses in Weinberg as well. WCAS also has special agreements with Chicago's major cultural institutions, including the Field Museum, Art Institute, Adler Planetarium, Chicago Botanic Garden, and American Bar Foundation, to offer courses taught by Chicago-area experts

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1,000 +
2013
Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.
$1,000 +
2012
Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.
$1,000 +
2011
Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.
N/A
2010
The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, commonly referred to as Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Law is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, with acceptance rates lower than every school except Yale and Stanford. The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, the department was renamed the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950. The School was originally located in the center of the main UC Berkeley campus in the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall. In April 2008, the law school rebranded itself from "Boalt Hall" to "Berkeley Law", in order to more closely tie the law school's name with the campus upon which it resides. The administration hopes that this move will further increase the law school's prestige, since people will now associate it with the Berkeley campus.
$1,000 +
2010
Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.
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Political Donations

$500
2012
Former President of United States
$212
2011
EMILY's List is a political action committee (PAC) in the United States that aims to help elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office. It was founded by Ellen Malcolm in 1984. The name EMILY's List is an acronym for "Early Money Is Like Yeast" (i.e., it raises dough).
$250
2010
Former Senator from California
$1,000
2010
Former Chief Financial Officer at Genesis Venture Fund Managers LLC
$250
2009
Former Chief Financial Officer at Genesis Venture Fund Managers LLC
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Transactions

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Vista Equity Partners purchases Xactly Corp.
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Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. issued Common Stock
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AXT, Inc. issued Common Stock
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Xactly Corp. issued Common Stock
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Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. issued Common Stock
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Awards & Honors

2012
Super Lawyers - Northern California Super Lawyers
Sponsored by
2005
Ernst & Young - Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by
2004
Ernst & Young - Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by
Professional Certification
Admitted to the California Bar
Professional Certification
Martindale-Hubbell - AV® Peer Review Rating
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