In many ways, the personality of Paragon Legal reflects that of its founder. And Mae O’Malley lets nothing stand in the way of getting the job done, whether it’s managing a rapidly expanding business, handling urgent client requests, or racing her three young sons down black diamond ski runs in Tahoe. She is a devoted mother who loves spending QT with her boys, and her determination to successfully balance all of life’s important aspects is what inspired her to establish Paragon Legal in 2006. The objective: build a firm that could give senior attorneys greater professional flexibility and control, combined with opportunities to work on meaningful, challenging legal projects.
While friends say her gift for culinary creativity led them to envision Mae at the helm of a catering business, epicurean exploits will have to wait. Because with sterling credentials and more than a decade of legal experience specializing in IP and technology transactions – not to mention a team of 60+ seasoned attorneys – she also has all the ingredients to turn an innovative legal model into a winning recipe. Mae began her career at the top San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster before working in-house at several growing technology companies. She served as corporate counsel for Evolve Software and Escalate, Inc., then joined Sygate Technologies as director of legal affairs. She led the legal side of Sygate’s acquisition by Symantec Corporation in 2005, and then worked as senior corporate counsel for Symantec until early 2006. Following Symantec, she joined Google as a contract attorney, working on complex content licensing including the StreetViews deal, while simultaneously founding Paragon Legal. Mae received her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law and her A.B. with honors in Political Science from Stanford University. She was named a Legal Rebel by the American Bar Associate Journal in 2009.