Elizabeth (Betsy) Lear is an experienced litigator and corporate counsel. Ms. Lear’s expertise encompasses investigations, regulatory enforcement matters, and related litigation. She has conducted numerous investigations on behalf of audit and special committees, and represented officers and directors in internal investigations and SEC and DOJ interviews. In addition, she has counseled technology companies, and their officers and directors, concerning corporate governance and compliance, SEC reporting and disclosure obligations, public securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital financings. Ms. Lear has represented executives regarding employment, compensation, and benefits issues, including employment and separation agreements. She also has represented venture funds and private equity investors in financings and resolving related disputes, such as earn-out and escrow claims.
Ms. Lear also has experience as a forensic accounting and dispute analysis consultant. She was a Director in the Global Disputes and Investigations practice at Navigant Consulting, Inc., and a consultant in the forensic accounting and dispute analysis practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Ms. Lear is a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Consulting Team, providing pro bono services to help non-profit organizations become more successful. In addition, Ms. Lear is a member and event chair for programs of The CLUB Silicon Valley, an incubator of women leaders.
Ms. Lear served as Deputy General Counsel to the Honorable William H. Webster in conducting an investigation on behalf of the Los Angeles Police Commission regarding emergency response to a civil disturbance in Los Angeles.
Prior to joining the Firm in 2002, Ms. Lear was associated with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in their Palo Alto office. Previously, Ms. Lear was associated with the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Los Angeles.