Gary Paranzino earned A.B. and J.D. degrees from Cornell University, where he was Research Editor of the Cornell Law Review. As a corporate executive he completed the Stanford Law School General Counsel Institute program.
Paranzino is a member of both the California and New York state bars, and is admitted to practice in several federal courts.
Paranzino has over a decade of direct experience in technology law. He is currently the principal of Paranzino Law, a focused technology law firm that represents clients in information technology (IT) and biotechnology, as well as from Wall Street.
His clients include a vibrant mix of venture-funded and public technology companies, CEOs, COOs and other C-level and VP-level corporate executives, start-up founders and entrepreneurs, venture capital professionals and executives-in-residence (EIR), trade associations and even other professional firms in their sensitive matters involving technology industry clients.
Previously, Paranzino led the legal departments of two prominent Internet-based start-ups: as General Counsel of ad-supported media innovator PointCast, and as Chief Legal Office of pioneering luxury e-commerce e-tailer Ashford.com.
Paranzino notably obtained a $19 million legal settlement for PointCast from a consortium of companies including Microsoft, BellSouth, US West and Bell Canada, despite numerous contractual obstacles, conceiving and executing the successful legal strategy after an unconsummated 1999 acquisition.
Paranzino formulated and executed Ashford's successful defenses to legal stratagems and lawsuits driven by the existing luxury goods industry, including claims of unfair competition, trademark and U.S. customs issues, which sought to impede Ashford's IPO as well as its ability then to source and resell branded luxury goods and jewelry.
He also served as Corporate Secretary to the PointCast and Ashford Boards of Directors, and ran the Business Development group at Ashford.
Previously, Paranzino spent a decade in major New York law firms, handling complex, high-stakes, high-profile securities and commercial litigation on behalf of leading Wall Street investment banks and brokers-dealers, and international media and business conglomerates, with claims typically involving the hundreds of millions and billions of dollars.
Setting him apart from typical tech company General Counsels and IP lawyers, Paranzino is a seasoned New York litigator, having extended experience in the head-to-head battles of the courtroom, having orally argued and won appeals and motions, and having handled the questionning and defense of dozens of witnesses in depositions.
Since writing a computer version of the Monopoly board game in 4k of memory on his TRS-80 as a teenager in the late 1970s, Paranzino has had an abiding interest in computer technology. By the mid-1990s, in addition to his work on large litigation, Paranzino was building one of the early New York-based Internet Law practices and creating and maintaining a popular music-based web site (retired after seven-plus years). He keeps his hand in the game by, among other things, designing and coding this Paranzino Law web site and staying abreast as an early-adopter of Internet, open source and networking technology innovations.
Paranzino serves on the Advisory Board of Cataphora, Inc., a Redwood City, CA company providing data management applications and services in litigation, regulatory compliance and military intelligence matters. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Girls' Lacrosse of San Jose, and is a former member of the Advisory Board of Texas eComm.