Senior Consultant – Program Manager at Cisco
I’ve had the pleasure to work with Gwyn over the past few months as our interim General Counsel. Her expertise in getting to the heart of both the business and legal issues continues to impress me. She has been very supportive in streamlining existing processes and has a keen awareness of the “big picture” while still being able to get into the necessary detail – a skill that is unique for an attorney! And as an added bonus, her sense of humor makes working with her a real pleasure.
General Counsel at Yahoo! Inc.
When Yahoo! decided to discontinue a licensing-intensive enterprise software business, I hired Gwyn to work alongside in-house counsel and another outside commercial lawyer to identify our continuing legal obligations to customers. Some of the business’s contracts contained software escrows, and aspects of its technology relied heavily upon open source code. Gwyn’s strong knowledge of open source licensing helped us understand our often complex commitments and then secure appropriate liability releases for the 3rd party open source code. Her practical team-oriented approach, her ability to translate legal concepts into workable business options, and her sense of humor all contributed to making a high-stakes, labor-intensive process a success.
General Counsel at Xtime
Gwyn and I have collaborated on legal matters over the course of nearly 10 years. Gwyn’s depth of understanding of open source software licensing places her at the top of her profession. Her varied Silicon Valley experience renders her an excellent general purpose corporate attorney too. On top of being a fine attorney, she’s a first-rate colleague and trusted friend.
Consulting Partner to the Media & Entertainment Industry at Cognizant Technology Solutions
Gwyn and I worked together at SGI and earlier at Apple; she as our Legal Counsel. She is one of a unique breed of lawyers who are willing to partner with the business units to get things done. She is about growing the business, rather than just focusing on risk reduction. While she kept us out of trouble, advising a proper balance of risk and rewards, Gwyn was a key enabler to successful growth. I was fortunate to work with her and I am pleased to endorse her.
Vice President Worldwide Sales and Field Operations at Skytree – The Machine Learning Company®
I had the pleasure working with Gwyn, who supported the sales team during a hyper growth phase of customer adoption at Skytree. Her quick study in understanding our product and correctly positioning contractual expectations with customers accelerated our closure rate. I highly recommend Gwyn for fulltime or contractual counsel for software companies of all sizes.
Founder NEVILLE LAW GROUP
Gwyn provides the rarest combination in the legal profession: an approachable legal expert who also possesses a full range of current business skills. She is an indefatigable, cost effective advocate for client interests. Moreover, her style is amazingly low key yet charismatic. She is not only well-liked by anyone whom she has contact, she is also trusted and respected.
CFO at Archbishop Mitty High School
Gwyn was instrumental in helping us launch and grow ITM Software. She provided the daily legal advice on a series of issues ranging from employment law to contracts. I consider her an expert who worked with us to craft solutions to complex business problems. She produced product on our time line in a creative and personable way. Gwyn’s work was of excellent value and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a true professional attorney.
Chief Operating Officer at Boulder Real Time Technologies
Gwyn assisted my small high-tech consulting company to navigate through years of open-source intellectual property issues, contract negotiations, and legal risk management. In addition to stellar legal advice per se, Gwyn had the rare ability and willingness to triage legal situations my company presented her, helping craft solutions that addressed the risks in a practical way as well as possible, while also keeping within the resource limits available to the small business. In particular, Gwyn helped my company negotiate a multi-year, international contract which anchored our long-term success. Gwyn is a pleasure to work with. In all the interactions I had with Gwyn, I deepened my understanding of the business/legal environment I was in, while at the same time getting the job done. She was the perfect choice of IP lawyer for my small software company.
CFO at Giga-tronics
Gwyn did a fantastic job as are Interim GC at SugarCRM. She is a very knowledge attorney that helped us with a broad range of issues, plus she work very well with the entire management team. I would definitely use her again.
Founder and CEO at MindTouch
Gwyn was recommended to me by a partner at a large and prestigious firm that services some of the biggest names in software. I’m incredibly grateful to this person because Gwynis amazing. I have hired Gwyn for many projects. I will hire her for more. She has an exceptional mix of savvy negotiation skills and legal talent.
Gwyn assisted me in negotiating a partnership contract with one of the world’s largest software companies (top 4). She helped update our software licensing, partner docs and helped negotiate several business contracts with larger customers. I recommend her highly.
One such large customer Gwyn worked on was multiyear, multimillion dollar and very complex deal that included several service and software partners. The customer, a multinational, proved particularly challenging during negotiations, but with Gwyn’s help we secured the deal and a workable contract. Unfortunately, in the end said customer collapsed under market pressures and attempted to breach our contract thinking our (smaller) company would be the easiest of all vendors to shirk payment with. Thankfully, this is the only contract from Gwyn that was truly battle tested. I’m pleased to report that because of Gwyn’s stellar work we secured a favorable outcome for our company.
Thanks for all the great work Gwyn. You’re fantastic.