Mark Radcliffe > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Silicon Valley, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
2000 University Avenue
East Palo Alto
Silicon Valley
CA 94303-2250
United States

Work Department

Corporate; Trademark and Copyright; Mergers and Acquisitions; Emerging Growth and Venture Capital; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Intellectual Property and Technology; International Trade, Regulatory and Government Affairs; Projects, Energy and Infrastructure; Media, Sport and Entertainment; Life Sciences; Energy and Natural Resources; Technology




Mark Radcliffe’s practice is split evenly between corporate securities (particularly venture capital transactions) and intellectual property licensing and strategy. He works with technology companies and companies that use technology throughout the world. Currently, he is particularly focused on the use of blockchain technology and the use of tokens for capital formation and implementing new business models.

Mark has been working in Silicon Valley for over 30 years and has worked on over 1,000 venture capital transactions. He has significant experience in applying the law to the issues raised by new technologies, such as open source software, blockchain, IoT and domain names. For example, in 1994, he assisted Network Solutions, Inc. in developing the first domain dispute resolution system which is still the basis for the system in use today. His clients range from Fortune 500 such as Oracle Corporation and Sony Corporation to unknown startups. Currently, he and his team work with over 50 startups. He has worked across a wide variety of industries, including software (in particular open source software), blockchain, IoT, semiconductor, consumer electronics, content licensing (from music to characters), and medical devices.




J.D., Harvard University; B.S., University of Michigan; Certificate of Completion, Universite Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech

DLA Piper LLP (US) is noted for its ‘unmatched experience and reputation for advising on novel projects’ through ‘thoughtful analysis’ and ‘creative alternatives and solutions’. The firm represents an impressive selection of financial institutions, investment funds and technology companies. In addition to its regulatory expertise, which covers traditional and disruptive products, including blockchain and non-fungible tokens (NFT), the team is also active on the corporate side, having been involved in several high-profile IPOs, SPAC mergers and M&A deals. The firm’s capacity to handle novel mandates was demonstrated by its advice to TikTok on its first NFT launch. US co-chair Margo Tank in Washington DC, Chicago’s David Whitaker and Seattle’s Trenton Dykes are highly experienced in this area. San Francisco disputes partner Michael Fluhr provides ‘great customer service’ and is ‘always responsive and proactively identifying new areas that he could help in’. Mark Radcliffe in Silicon Valley is considered ‘highly experienced‘ in the crypto space. Former global co-chair David Luce joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in January 2022.