wbradfordweller200fBradford Weller, JD

Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel
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Brad Weller is an accomplished and driven c-level executive with over 20 years of experience providing legal leadership, oversight, and guidance within technology, software, and bio-science industries. He is a result-oriented leader with diverse and complex transactional experience, buiding strategic and business planning.

He has demonstrated an ability to minimize risks of legal liability and ensure maximum legal rights of the company. Adept with international transactions, including contracting, cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and employment. He has extensive corporate governance expertise, and is skilled in working with boards of directors, audit committees, and executive compensation committees. He has a track record of successful resolution of commercial, M&A, employement, and IP infringment/protection disputes.

 Financial and Management Compentencies

  • Contract Drafting, Review, and Navigation
  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation
  • Strategic Planning and Implementation
  • Employment Law and HR Management
  • Mergers and Acqusitions / Investor Relations
  • Corporate Governance / Corporate Secretary
  • IP Development and Protection
  • Commercial and Regulatory Compliance
  • Budget Management

Career Experience

Quercus Molecular Design, San Diego, CA

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), General Counsel, and Co-Founder, 10/2015 - Present

Leading all aspects of this bio-science company founded to fund research projects relating to potential treatments of specific viruses and forms of cancer. Oversee processes to incubate early stages of scientific discovery, preparing projects for further investment of acquisition.

  • Budget Management: Develop and administer budget, allocating capital to company priorities.
  • Strategic Planning: Create and implement company strategy and vision.

Kofax, Irving, CA

Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, 1/2005 - 7/2015

Directed all legal activities for $300M international software company with 1,500 employees and global locations. Supervised four attorneys and one paralegal. Oversaw and executed all legal matters needed and desired by the company. Developed and structured new business ventures and arrangements. Ensured optimal legal support adapted to changing legislative and regulatory requirements. Managed exposure to director and officer (D&O) liability. Adapted to changing legislative, budgetary, and regulatory requirements.

  • Contracts: Negotiated, drafted, and reviewed domestic and national reseller agreements, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreements, software licenses, and vendor agreements.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A): Orchestrated all legal processes to acquire IT compaqnies, inclluding 170 Systems ($33M), AIA Software ($19.5M), Softpro ($35M), Kapow Technologies ($47.5M), Altosoft ($13.5M), and Singularity ($48M).
  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation: Created, developed, and executed legal strategy, making complex decisions while balancing legal and business needs. Won summary judgement on patent infringement allegations brought in Eastern District of Texas.
  • Intellectual Property: Drafted and negotiated IP and technology related agreements. Provided counsel on IP rights and issues, including trademark, copyright, and patent matters.
  • International Law: Managed legal issues relating to conducting business in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia, including maintenance of foreigh subsidiaries and employment matters.

St. Bernard Software (Now EdgeWave), La Jolla, CA

Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, 7/2006 - 10/2007

Managed all legal affairs for this publicly traded software company with over 200 employees. Prepared and maintained accurate and thorough legal records. Oversaw litigation issues and strategy. Drafted, reviewed,and negotiated contracts to ensure agreements met corporate objectives.

  • Significant Transactions: Directed all legal  aspects of Singlefin ($7.5M) acquisition and disposed of a product line.
  • Project Management: Managed multiple projects and changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment, with frequent urgent deadlines.

Captiva Software Corporation (Now EMC Software), San Diego, CA

Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, 9/2002 - 6/2006

Directed complex legal matters for this software company with internatioinal reach. Provided concise risk analyses to executive stakeholders, offering guidance while managing organizational risk.

  • Securities and Corporate Matters: Managed company SOX section 404 compliance program. Filed on time, with clean 404 opinion.
  • Mergers and Acqusitions: Led legal support for acquisition of ADP Context ($5.5M) and SWT S.A. ($20M). Managed legal aspects of company mergr with EMC.

Additional Experience

  • Vice President of Legal Matters and General Counsel, Wireless Facilities, Inc., San Diego, CA

  • Assistant Secretary and General Counsel, Moxaix, Inc. Redmond, WA

  • Associate, Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, Seattle WA

Education and Credentials

Juris Doctor (JD), cum laude, Order of the Coif - University of California, San Francisco

Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Stanford University

Licensure

Licensed to practice law in the State of Washington
Registered In-House Counsel with the California State Bar Association

Professional Associations

Member, Association of Corporate Counsel America (ACCA)
Member, Washington State Bar Association