Aravinda Seshadri

Aravinda 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 own organizations, as well as assisting such business to find the right legal partner, to help level the playing field for 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, 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 is the committee chair of the Solo/Small Firms committee of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area.  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 which, 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!).

Jennifer Farhat

Jen 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.

Arlene McCoy

Arlene 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.

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.  

Jessica Gogas

Jessica is a California native who has over 2 years of experience as a Practice Assistant working with start-up companies. She attended the University of Phoenix with a major in Business Development and a Minor in Child Development. In her downtime she can be found reading a good book, taking a walk with her family and dog, or going to the beach.