Dror is a partner of the firm who brings more than 20 years of high tech and intellectual property legal and business experience to SorinRand and its clients. Prior to joining the firm in February 2013, Dror was General Counsel to Vidyo, Inc., one of the nation’s top 50 venture-backed companies, where, among other things, he negotiated and documented sales agreements for both direct and indirect channels, purchase agreements, software licenses, service agreements and strategic agreements in the US, Asia and Europe. Prior to that, he was a partner and General Counsel of renowned venture capital fund New Venture Partners LLC. While there, he helped to form funds, and advised multiple start-ups and corporate spin-offs in the information technology and telecommunications industries, as well as serving as the venture fund’s legal counsel. He also advised portfolio companies with respect to commercial, mergers and acquisitions, employment, Internet/ecommerce and intellectual property law matters. In addition, during his tenure at New Venture Partners, Dror negotiated, structured and documented strategic alliances with British Telecom and Philips and handled the acquisitions of assets of over twenty ventures from companies including British Telecom, Philips, Intel, IBM, Boeing, Freescale, Unilever, IDEO, Maxim and Telstra.
Earlier in his career, Dror was Corporate Counsel at Lucent Technologies, Inc., representing the New Venture Group, Optoelectronics Unit, CIO organization and various procurement organizations. He began his legal career as a corporate associate in the New York law firm Battle Fowler LLP and later as an associate in the Computer and High Technology Group of McCarter & English LLP. Dror’s background and combined experiences uniquely qualify him to serve SorinRand’s client base of startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology and tech-enabled enterprises and the investors who support them.
Dror is a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and 1989 graduate of Columbia University School of Law. He also earned an Executive MBA in 1999 from the American Electronics Association Executive Institute of Stanford University. In addition to his academic and legal career accomplishments, Dror is a recognized thought leader in the areas of venture capital and technology transactions. Among other things, he has served on the Model Forms Drafting Group of the National Venture Capital Association.
Professional Activities/Speaking Engagements:
Member, Association of Corporate Counsel;
Co-Chairman, PLI Seminar of Venture Capital Law, 2010,2009,2008,2007,2004,2002,2001 and Panelist-2012, 2011;
Panelist, Mock Term Sheet Negotiation, Venture Association of New Jersey, 2009;
Participant, Model Forms Drafting Group, National Venture Capital Association, 2005-2010;
Panelist, Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, “When the Software Police Come Knocking,” 2007;
Moderator, “AIM Listing” Webcast, PLI 2007;
Panelist, The Deal - Private Equity Alternative Liquidity Options Symposium, 2004;
Panelist, PLI Seminar on Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic Alliances, 2005,2004,2003;
Panelist, Rutgers University Roundtable on Copyright and the National Information Infrastructure, 1996;
Moderator, Lexis Counsel Connect On-Line Seminar on “Fair Use,” 1995;
Speaker, “How to Protect Your Business From the Software Police” – American Electronics Association (NJ Region), 1995;
Speaker, “Trademark Licensing” – Association of Collegiate Licensing Administrators (Northeast Region), 1994;