David C. Lee is a Partner at VLP. His practice focuses on the representation of high-growth, venture-backed emerging companies, and the investors who fund and support such companies. He has over twenty years of experience handling corporate formation issues, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company securities law, technology licensing transactions and employment and executive compensation matters.

David’s practice involves a broad network of entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capital firms that are active in developing emerging companies. In addition to leveraging this network for his clients, he has acted as an outside general counsel for many of his company clients. David also has significant experience with cross border transactions involving companies and investors in Asia. His cross border work has included the initial public offering on Nasdaq for Sina, one of the leading Internet and media companies in China, and the recent sale of a start-up to Baidu, the leading Internet search company in China.

David’s company clients have been backed by, among others, Accel, Blue Run Ventures, DCM, DFJ, Gobi Partners, GSR, Hummer Winblad, Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed, Matrix, Northern Light, Norwest, Oak Investment Partners, Redpoint, Sequoia, Sierra Ventures, Steamboat and USVP. Over his career, David has handled hundreds of venture financings for his clients, as well as a significant number of major M&A deals and complex licensing transactions.

Prior to joining VLP, David was a partner with Gunderson Dettmer. Prior to Gunderson, David was a partner with Orrick’s Emerging Companies Group in Menlo Park. Prior to Orrick, David was a partner with Venture Law Group, which he joined as a founding member when he left Wilson Sonsini with the founding team to help form Venture Law Group.


  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1990, Stanford Law Review
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1987, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa
  • VC Scrutiny Increases with Stock Market Volatility, VLP Speaks Blog, February 2016