Cathryn S. Gawne
Partner, Montgomery & Hansen
Member, Board of Directors
Ms. Gawne has been practicing corporate and securities law of over 25 years. Prior to this, she served at Hopkins & Carley in San Jose, California and had been a shareholder and co-chair of the Corporate and Securities Group of Silicon Valley Law Group, also in San Jose, since 1999.
Her practice emphasizes securities and corporate law for emerging growth companies across a broad range of industries, including wireless and portable information technologies, telecommunications and software, as well as "brick and mortar" industries such as automotive, mining and retail. She advises companies on initial and follow-on public offerings, mergers, acquisition, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and commercial transactions. She counsels public and private companies on corporate governance and disclosure issues and counsels clients who are starting or franchising new businesses with respect to general corporate matters and protection of their intellectual property. Ms. Gawne also represents several nonprofit corporations, and counsels them on corporate structure and governance.
In addition to her duties at Montgomery & Hansen, she served as a past President of the Association for Corporate Growth's Silicon Valley Chapter (and continues to serve as a Board member of that organization), she is a member of the Executive Team of the San Jose Professional Women's Leads Club and serves on the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar. In addition, she is a member of the advisory board of Semotus Solutions (a publicly traded wireless solutions company), is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, and serves as a director of the Women in Technology Foundation, the Center for Healthy Development and Dean's Automotive, Inc.
She has also received a number of awards and special recognitions such as the "Northern California Super Lawyers" (San Francisco Magazine and Law and Politics Media), the YWCA Tribute to Women (TWIN) Award, was a finalist for Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Distinction Award, Co-Member of the Year of the San Jose Professional Women's Leads Club, and was the recipient of the Women in Business Award from San Jose Magazine. Ms. Gawne received a BA degree from Stanford University and her JD degree from UCLA.
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