Our Team

Noam Cohen

Noam Cohen - Founding Partner

Noam Cohen’s practice focuses on companies in all stages of development. She has broad transactional experience advising emerging growth companies and more established technology companies in various areas. This includes formations and restructurings, equity and debt financings, strategic partnerships, and M&A.
She has also represented venture capital firms and leading investment banks in both private and public financings.

Prior to CGL, Noam worked in the Silicon Valley office of Goodwin Procter LLP.

Hannah Genton

Hannah Genton - Founding Partner

Hannah Genton is passionate about addressing the challenges of high-growth startups, mid to late-stage companies, and the investors that fund them. Her practice covers a broad range of corporate matters ranging from day-to-day legal governance issues to negotiating strategic transactions for companies in various stages of development. She has represented both companies and investors in venture capital financings, debt financings, and buyers and sellers in M&A transactions.

Prior to CGL, Hannah worked in the Silicon Valley office of Cooley LLP.

Jennifer Gumer

Jennifer Gumer - Partner

As a partner at CGL and our Regulatory and Compliance Practice Lead, Jennifer provides strategic counseling, practical advice, and expert advocacy to clients with production needs. She handles all interactions with federal, state, and local regulators who oversee product development, manufacturing, and marketing activities, including the FDA and Local Hemp Regulators.

Prior to joining CGL, Jennifer worked at the international law firm Gibson Dunn and Crutcher for more than six years. The focus of Jennifer’s practice at Gibson was FDA, healthcare, and life sciences matters.

Jessica Edwards

Jessica Edwards - Partner

Jessica Edwards is a partner at CGL. As Corporate Counsel, Jessica advises clients on various corporate and capital markets transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and asset acquisitions. From the bid process and initial due diligence to drafting and negotiating transaction documents and navigating regulatory approval when needed, Jessica’s experience covers all stages of the transaction process. In addition to her transactional practice, Jessica also assists clients with general corporate, securities and business matters, including entity selection, formation, fiduciary obligations, federal (’34 Act) and state securities reporting and compliance, joint ventures, partnership agreements and financing arrangements.

Prior to joining CGL, Jessica practiced at Bracewell LLP as a corporate and capital markets associate and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. While at Bracewell and Wilson, Jessica counseled clients of all sizes, from startups to seasoned issuers, primarily in the banking, financial services, energy, healthcare and technology industries.

Kari Kelly

Kari Kelly - Partner

Kari is a partner and lead commercial counsel at CGL who oversees the Commercial practice group. She has served as external general counsel and strategic privacy advisor to high growth startups including in highly regulated industries such as AdTech and HealthTech. Her practice focuses on negotiating strategic licensing deals for all kinds of technology, software, SaaS/PaaS, including technology acquisitions, channel alliances, and vendor relationships. She also helps her clients structure and negotiate complex technology transactions, including intellectual property and data licensing.

Prior to joining CGL, Kari held in-house legal executive positions building and scaling corporate legal departments. Kari began her career as a Foreign Associate in a premier corporate and intellectual property law firm in Cologne, Germany after her fellowship in European business and intellectual property law with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Thereafter, she returned to Silicon Valley as an Associate in Mayer Brown’s M&A practice.

Kari currently lives in The Bay Area, but hails from the mountains of Colorado, which instilled a lifelong passion for hiking and outdoor sports.

Danielle Simmons

Danielle Simmons - Partner

Danielle is a Corporate partner and head of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. Danielle focuses her practice on providing strategic advice to clients and works on a broad range of corporate and transactional matters for companies in all stages of development.

Danielle started her legal career in the Los Angeles and New York offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where for seven years she represented funds, sponsors and companies in the practice areas of M&A and secured and unsecured bank finance. Prior to law she earned a two-year research training award to conduct behavioral neuroscience research at the National Institutes of Health. Danielle is admitted to practice law in California and New York.

Outside of law Danielle has a passion for non-profit work, including fundraising and non-profit management. Prior to CGL, Danielle was in the non-profit management sector as the Executive Director of Helena and is one of the Founding Members of UNICEF NextGen Los Angeles.


  • J.D., – Harvard Law School
  • B.A., Psychology and Political Science – University of Southern California
Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark - Of Counsel

Jessica Clark is Of Counsel at CGL, where she specializes in advising technology-driven clients on privacy, data security, and intellectual property matters. She helps clients identify and manage privacy and security risk; comply with state, federal, and global data protection laws; and develop and implement internal privacy and security compliance programs (including programs tailored for the CCPA/CPRA, GDPR, and COPPA). She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating privacy and IP terms in commercial contracts; counseling clients on privacy and IP implications in M&A and financing transactions; and advising clients on business strategy, marketing, and vendor management including strategies to effectively secure and capitalize on valuable IP rights. Among other things, she works with clients to prepare and negotiate employment and consulting agreements, IP license agreements, product development agreements, and asset purchase agreements.

Prior to joining CGL, Jessica spent six years working at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where she led numerous investigations and negotiated settlements relating to consumer privacy, data security, and credit reporting. She obtained her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Kate Paslin

Kate Paslin - Commercial Counsel

Kate Paslin is Commercial Counsel with CGL’s Commercial practice group. She is a former General Counsel and start-up veteran specializing in complex commercial agreements, with emphasis on the drafting and negotiation of software licensing, SaaS, professional services, software integration and co-development, and business development agreements (partner, channel, resale, distribution). Her experience includes advising early to mid-stage technology companies on all issues of growth, from product development through global distribution, to hiring and equity compensation, to regulatory compliance and general corporate governance. Kate brings a results-oriented, business development mindset to all client services. She is a member of the California State Bar with a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Joe Tancula

Joe Tancula - Growth Manager

Joe Tancula manages marketing and growth operations for CGL. As part of the growth team, Joe helps to organize and implement CGL’s sales and marketing strategies to help bring growing companies the skills and expertise of Big Law firms at a price a growing company can afford. Previously in the direct-to-consumer space, Joe has a background in strategic growth and creative direction, with expertise in blending B2B sales efforts with the automated marketing approaches in the eCommerce space. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, photography, and horseback riding with his fiancée and their six horses.

Christine Gaudet - Operations Director

As a part of the internal operations team, Christine supports the firm by overseeing a full range of business functions and working with the executive team to develop processes that can accommodate growth. Christine has worked in legal operations management since 2016 and is an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators on the national and state levels. With a background in management and training, she is passionate about guiding teams to success through collaboration and strategic planning.

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