Venturous Counsel Team

Aravinda Seshadri, Founding Partner of Venturous Counsel, a firm representing minority owned and underestimated startups.

Aravinda Seshadri

Aravinda Seshadri is the Founding Partner of Venturous Counsel, a uniquely mission-driven firm dedicated to exclusively representing underestimated startups and investors committed to prioritizing diversity in their organizations, as well as assisting such businesses to find the right legal partner, to help give a leg up to these startups and investors in terms of access to quality legal counsel. As a part of that work, she actively maintains and expands her network of diverse-led law firms and diverse attorneys to whom she can refer startups and investors needing the right legal partner.  She has also initiated a series of Diversity Referral nights in the SF Bay Area, organized to give diverse lawyers in various specialty areas the opportunity to present their practices to other attorneys, particularly those in large law firms, in-house and government positions, to broaden their networks and facilitate referring work to these diverse attorneys.

Aravinda has been the committee chair of the Solo/Small Firms committee of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area for 3 years, as well as a Forum Ventures mentor.  She also participates in various technology and legal forums that focus on women and women of color, advising accelerators with diverse cohorts and helping to judge startup pitch events at UC Hastings.

Aravinda has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015. She was previously a Partner at Silicon Legal Strategy in San Francisco. Before that, she was a corporate associate in the startup practice of Hogan Lovells in Palo Alto. She started her career in Orrick’s Emerging Companies Group in Menlo Park.  Aravinda received her law degree with distinction from Stanford University Law School and her undergraduate degree with honors in Language and Mind from New York University.

She has represented a broad range of startups, entrepreneurs, venture capital firms and public companies, working directly with high-level executives and directors, advising companies and investors in various equity financing structures, M&A transactions, licensing and strategic partnerships, as well as day-to-day counseling. She has worked with companies from formation through financing rounds to acquisition or public offering and been primarily responsible for SEC reporting obligations thereafter.

For context on how Aravinda works, she has done an Office Hours on Elpha and a webinar on Mistakes Founders Make (and how to avoid them!).

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Michael Young, Senior Attorney at Venturous Counsel, a firm representing minority owned and under served startups in the Bay Area and worldwide.

Michael Young

Michael is a Managing Partner at Venturous Counsel.  He specializes in advising emerging companies and their investors at all stages in a company’s life cycle—from formation to exit.  Prior to joining Venturous Counsel, Michael represented startups and investors at Silicon Legal Strategy and at Perkins Coie LLP (where he also did a stint as a commercial litigation attorney).  Michael is passionate about empowering clients to realize their vision and navigate the complex startup ecosystem with confidence by offering actionable, bottom-line-oriented advice.  His pro bono legal practice is focused on refugee and asylum matters; his latest project is working with Afghan translators and their family members to obtain legal protection in the United States.

Michael was born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana (rather unlike the Beach Boys song of the same name) but cut his teeth in Chicago before making his home in the San Francisco Bay Area over a decade ago.  He received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and holds an undergraduate degree in journalism.  Outside of work, Michael is a climate activist, the founder and lead guitarist of Northern California hard rock cover band “Night Train”, and a certified yoga instructor offering restorative yoga classes and workshops for private events and at studios around the Bay Area.

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Jennifer Farhat, Managing Attorney at Venturous Counsel, a firm representing minority owned and under served startups in the Bay Area and worldwide.

Jennifer Farhat

Jen is a Managing Attorney at Venturous Counsel and is a California and Beirut Bar admitted lawyer with ten years of in-house experience at a regional bank in the Middle East. She has experience in M&A, Project Finance, and Technology and has worked extensively on cross-border transactions in these areas. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Saint Joseph University of Beirut and an LLM from the University of London. She is passionate about human rights, social justice and women empowerment.

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Alrene McCoy, Attorney at Venturous Counsel, a firm representing minority owned and under served startups in the Bay Area and worldwide.

Arlene McCoy

Arlene is an Attorney at Venturous Counsel. She holds an economics degree from the University of California, San Diego and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Originally from Mexico and a daughter of small business owners, Arlene is committed to providing tailored, responsive, and efficient advice to diverse entrepreneurs. She maintains an active involvement in the community by volunteering in several minority-focused bar associations.

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Jessica Brodsky, Attorney at Venturous Counsel, a firm representing minority owned and under served startups in the Bay Area and worldwide.

Jessica Brodsky

Jessica is an Attorney at Venturous Counsel. Prior to joining the team, she worked at Perkins Coie LLP in the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital group, where she represented a wide variety of companies and investors. She received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in History from UCLA. Jessica is committed to providing efficient and individualized counsel to diverse clients. When not practicing law she can be found studying obscure languages, doing elaborate needlework, or reading cheesy fantasy novels.

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Haritha Ambros

Haritha is a Managing Attorney at Venturous Counsel. Haritha has extensive experience representing emerging technology and life sciences companies throughout their life cycles, including initial formation, venture capital financings, and mergers and acquisitions. She also counsels her clients on day-to-day corporate, commercial and operational matters. Haritha has worked at various Boston-area mid and large sized firms, including as an intellectual property litigator.  She received her law degree from The George Washington University Law School, and her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She has been committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion both in and outside of her legal practice through her pro bono and volunteer work. In her spare time she can be found jumping onto the pickleball bandwagon, following recipes to a T, and planning Halloween costumes for her family. 

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Shelly Lee

Shelly is the Executive Assistant for Venturous Counsel.  She has a strong legal administrative background, with over 25 years of experience, which allows her to assist the entire team to provide quality work to our wonderful clients.  Her background includes support for the legal department of a large semiconductor company, commercial litigation and family law as well as robust customer service experience.  Outside of work you will find her volunteering in anything related to the care of animals and enjoying outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and camping. 

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Michelle Ruff, Administrative Assistant at Venturous Counsel, a firm representing minority owned and under served startups in the Bay Area and worldwide.

Michelle Ruff

Michelle is an Administrative Assistant with Venturous Counsel.  She is a business professional with experience as a legal assistant in litigation, real property, business, estate planning and probate law and worked for many years prior to starting in law in apartment management as a Property Manager.  She is a Washington State native but after spending twenty years in the Dallas area, also considers Texas home.  When she is away from work you will find her enjoying time with her husband, two small children and two dogs enjoying the outdoors camping, on the beach of a local river and taking walks.

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Consetta Bringhurst

Coni is a Paralegal at Venturous Counsel.  She holds an associate degree in Criminal Justice – Courts from Ricks College and received her ABA-approved paralegal training from Westminster College.  She began her career working for the second-largest law firm in Utah at the time but has since spent a large piece of her career working as an in-house paralegal for multiple startups or expanding into other business roles.  When not working she can be found mentoring young women ages 11-18 in the areas of social, physical, spiritual, and intellectual growth or supporting her teenage and young adult children with developing their passions.

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Vanessa Quiban-Tolentino

Vanessa is a Senior Paralegal at Venturous Counsel. Throughout her career, she has provided support to emerging companies and their investors and counsels. She is adept in assisting at all stages of a company’s life cycle. She has worked at large and mid-sized firms and in-house and was most recently at VLP Law Group LLP. She obtained her ABA-approved paralegal certificate from San Francisco State University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, reading, and crafting.

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