Sean Hogle

Contact: (415) 287-3207
Law School: Marshall-Wythe School of Law - College of William and Mary
Jurisdictions: California


About Sean Hogle
Sean's law practice is focused primarily on technology ventures, such as software, wireless telecommunications, and Internet-related companies, as well as firms in the visual effects, concept art and emerging media space. Sean's seventeen years of diverse legal experience make him well-suited to act as a "virtual general counsel" to his venture clients, guiding such enterprises through the complex legal and regulatory environment of the United States and abroad--and in all stages of growth, from founding to IPO.

Having closed countless complex technology transactions with numerous Fortune 100 companies worldwide, Sean has become the consummate deal lawyer, bringing to the table an ability to negotiate business-critical deals with efficiency and skill. During extensive international assignments in Tokyo and Munich, Sean earned invaluable experience in overseas entity formation, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and international licensing. Because of his experience in managing US and European operations for a global software company, Sean is uniquely qualified to understand the practical challenges of running a business.

Sean began his legal career with a large law firm in Denver, Colorado, where he represented numerous high technology enterprises in mergers and acquisitions, business planning, technology licensing, and intellectual property management, counseling and enforcement. Sean additionally enjoyed an extensive state and federal litigation and arbitration practice.

Eventually, Sean moved in-house with Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he ultimately became Assistant General Counsel. In this role, Sean was responsible for software and technology licensing and alliances for Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, as an expatriate in Tokyo.

In 2001, Sean joined the wireless and consumer software venture Aplix Corporation, also based in Tokyo, as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs. Sean facilitated the company's international growth and eventual IPO on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2003. In addition to his General Counsel role, Sean managed, as President and Chief Operating Officer, the company's United States and European subsidiaries in San Francisco and Munich, from 2004 to 2006.

Sean is based in the firm's San Rafael, California office, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Practice Areas
  • Antitrust
  • Business Law
  • Communications & Internet Law
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Insurance Claims
Additional Practice Areas
  • Insurance Bad Faith
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Professional Experience
Manager and Founder, Sean Hogle PC
General Counsel, Aplix Corporation
Assistant General Counsel, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Associate Attorney, Moye White
Judicial Law Clerk, US District Court
Marshall-Wythe School of Law - College of William and MaryJ.D (1993)Law
Honors: Order of the Coif, Ranked 2nd out of 179
Activities: Staff Editor, William and Mary Law Review
James Madison UniversityB.A (1990)Finance (Political Science and Economics minors)
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Professional Associations
Member, American Bar Association
Member, California State Bar
Member, International Technology Law Association
Member, Colorado State Bar # 25818
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Virginia State Bar


Articles & Publications
  • Conditions vs. Covenants: California Rulings Threaten the Practical Enforceability of Open Source Licenses
    Computer & Internet Lawyer
  • Unauthorized Derivative Source Code
    Computer & Internet Lawyer
  • The Employee as Investor: The Case for Universal Application of the Federal Securities Laws to Employee Stock Ownership Plans
    William and Mary Law Review


Website: Website


Lerman Law Building
802 B Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: (415) 287-3207
Fax: (415) 532-2860