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Matthew Pelnar

Phone: +1 415.365.7434
3 Embarcadero Center, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Matthew Pelnar is a counsel in the Corporate Group and a resident in the firm's San Francisco office. He counsels his clients on corporate governance matters, venture financings, employment issues, board matters, equity strategies, and operational challenges.

Prior to joining the firm, he was Counsel at Atrium LLP, a combination law firm and services and technology company providing startups with legal support to grow and scale their operations. During his tenure, he acted as outside general counsel to a wide range of emerging growth companies. Matthew previously worked at a global law firm.

While in law school, he was a law clerk in both the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas and the Office of General Counsel in the Department of Defense. Matthew was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, prior to law school.


  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A. (2004) summa cum laude
  • University of Cambridge, M.Phil (2010)
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D. (2013)


Admitted to practice: California

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