Founder and Legal Counsel
Deborah J. Ludewig founded DJL Corporate Law in February 2008. Prior to founding DJL Corporate Law, Deborah practiced at several large law firms based in Silicon Valley and has been a partner at K&L Gates, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Cooley Godward. She has worked with hundreds of companies in corporate formations, venture capital financings, joint ventures, public and private offerings, merger and acquisition transactions and as special advisor on board and governance matters. Deborah’s experience includes serving as a general counsel of an internet start-up and as an expert witness on matters involving corporate law and fiduciary duties.
Deborah currently works with private and public companies on a range of projects typically managed by a general counsel. She has supported early stage clients engaged in financing and team building matters and late stage companies in negotiating strategic commercial agreements and supervising the growth of IP portfolios. Her collaboration network includes her contacts and former colleagues in several large firms as well as specialists in a wide array of practices around the country.
Deborah is a frequent speaker and educator on topics relevant to entrepreneurs and executives. She has developed governance seminars for board members and other educational programs of interest to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Deborah is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute and Chair of the PLI’s annual program in San Francisco on Drafting Corporate Agreements.
Deborah is member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Director’s Exchange, www.svdx.org, and formerly served as Chairman of its predecessor entity, the National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley Chapter.
Deborah has a history of supporting several nonprofit entities, including her prior services as a director and chairman of Girls for a Change (from 2002-2012) and her prior tenure as a board member of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (now Watermark, from 1998-2007). For Deborah’s current activities (outside of DJL Corporate Law), please check the link to her personal website [Under Construction].
JD – 1991, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
BS – 1980, College of Notre Dame (summa cum laude)
Todd Murtha joined DJL Corporate law in 2016. Prior to joining DJL Corporate Law, Todd practiced in large law firms based in the Silicon Valley and served as in-house counsel and General Counsel at Silicon Valley technology companies. He has worked on hundreds of financing, M&A and commercial transactions, has set up and operated international subsidiaries, has overseen compliance for advertising and marketing programs and has managed privacy and data usage programs in multiple companies. He has led M&A efforts in-house as both the acquirer and the acquired company.
In addition to his legal background, Todd was Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Executive Officer of a 300+ person ecommerce company and founder of an HR services startup and has extensive experience in corporate strategy, operations, organization and HR.
Todd currently works with private and public companies on a full range of projects typically managed by a general counsel.
Todd is currently the volunteer General Counsel for The Pat Tillman Foundation, a leader in providing educational opportunities to veterans and their families, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Samaritan House Worker Resource Center, which provides a safe location for day laborers to interact with employers and provides educational, career and nutritional/care information and support to day laborers in San Mateo.
JD – 1998, Harvard Law School (magna cum laude)
MA – 1995, University of Minnesota
BS – 1990, University of Tulsa (summa cum laude)