Stephen Thau is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Palo Alto office and former co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences Group. His practice focuses on the representation of life science, medical device, and other technology companies at all stages of their life cycles, from company formation, equity and debt financing, merger and acquisition transactions, to strategic alliances and public offerings. He also represents venture capital and investment banking firms in public and private financing transactions. He has represented companies and investors in more than one hundred venture capital and debt financing transactions, as well as in numerous public offerings and public and private M&A transactions. In 2008, Mr. Thau re-joined Morrison & Foerster after having practiced corporate law for ten years at Venture Law Group and Heller Ehrman LLP. He began his legal practice as a patent and securities litigator at Morrison & Foerster and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Vaughn R. Walker in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California. Mr. Thau earned his J.D. from Stanford University, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was managing editor of the Stanford Law Review. He earned his A.B. in Biology from Harvard University, magna cum laude.