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ROGER ROYSE is the founder and owner of the Royse Law Firm (, a 25 lawyer firm with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto. Practicing law since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area and New York City law firms. He is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.
Roger is active in leadership roles with several bar associations, including the following:

Roger recently formed one the first law firm sponsored legal incubators, the RoyseLaw Legal Incubator, to provide mentorship and training to new lawyers who will provide pro bono and low bono legal services to underserved Legal markets.  Roger is also the organizer of Silicon Valley AgTech and Silicon Valley AgTech Conference and runs the AgTech Innovation Network, and early stage incubator and network for tech companies in the agriculture and food markets. Roger is a 2014 and 2015 recipient of the Innovator Award, presented by The Recorder, for the RoyseLaw Legal Wizard, and owns several websites, including Royse University (a content site). Roger organized, hosted and moderated a first ever Presidential Candidates Forum in 2015 in which 5 presidential candidates participated.

Roger is a vice chair of the Lincoln Club of Northern California, a participating instructor of corporate law for the Center for International Legal Studies (Salzburg Austria) and is an adjunct Professor of Taxation (Corporate Tax, Property Transactions and International Taxation) for Golden Gate University School of Law. Roger is the founder of the Royse Foundation and the philanthropic organization Team Motion to Dismiss Cancer which conducts high profile auctions of meetings with venture capitalists to raise money for charity and has been recognized for his efforts on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by being named the 2012 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Man of the Year. Roger is currently a member of the Menlo Park General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC), which has been formed to study the update to the general plan for a substantial part of the community (including the premises on which Facebook resides), and is a board member of Asian, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to assisting minority owned businesses and disadvantaged individuals. Roger has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, The Recorder, 7X7 and Fast Company.


Roger is the author of the recently published Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup.  Facebook page is at



2015 Recorder Innovator Award for the RoyseLaw Legal Incubator
2014 Recorder Innovator Award for the RoyseLaw Legal Wizard
2012 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Man of the Year


Reported in San Francisco Chronicle, Lots of Tech Talk, September 24, 2015
Quoted in ComputerWorld, The Internet of Growing Things, June 4, 2015
Quoted in, Will Silicon Valley ag tech really grow with farmers, May 13, 2015
Interviewed by, Royse: Drones, water tech and the future of agriculture, April 28, 2015
Interview, Silicon Valley Game Changers, AgTech Emerges, April 15, 2015
Quoted in 7x7 Magazine, Royse Law Incubator Wants to Bridge Tech and Agriculture, April 9, 2015
Quoted in Wall Street Journal, Silicon Valley Firms Plant Roots in Farm Belt, April 6, 2015
Interview Fast Company, Silicon Valley Meets America's Salad Bowl To Create Farm Of The Future, March 16, 2015
Interview by Reuters, Farmers Disappointed by Restrictions in Proposed Drone Rules, February 18, 2015
Interview by Food Chain Radio, January 17, 2015
Innovations in the Food World Often Start with Technology Supermarket Guru, January 15, 2015
High-tech farming poised to change the way the world eats, San Jose Mercury News, Nov 25, 2014
Roger Royse discusses The RoyseLaw Legal Wizard, Lawpreneur Radio, Nov 17, 2014
Gardening goes high-tech in Silicon Valley, San Jose Mercury News, May 23, 2014
Interview by Exit Coach Radio, January 15, 2014
Interview by KSBW Action News on Salinas Shopping Center Utilizes Crowdfunding, December 27, 2013
The Olga Show, 92.3 FM, May 18, 2013; July 20, 2013
AGTech Summit in Mountain View,TV News Report, May 15, 2013
American Dreams: Keys to Life's Success, KDOW 1220 AM, May 8, 2013
Crowdfunding, eFactor, January 25, 2013
The Pitfalls of Crowdfunding, Bankless Times, January 10, 2013
The Shah Peerally Law Show, KLOK 1170AM, May 4, 2012
Strategies for Real Estate, San Jose Channel 15, September 2010


International Technology Law Association, May 2016
Topic: The Emerging Law of AgTech
Location: Miami, Fla

American Bar Association Section of Business Law, April 2016
Topic: Taxation of M&A Transactions
Location: Montreal, Canada

American Bar Association Section of Taxation, January 2016
Topic: The Marketplace Fairness Act
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Financial Executives Institute – November 2015
Topic: Stories You Don’t Want to Tell
Location: Mountain View, CA

Federalist Society: Silicon Valley Chapter, November 2015
Topic: Tax Reform Debate
Location: Stanford University School of Law

American Bar Association Section of Taxation, September 2015
Topic: Estate Tax Repeal
Location: Chicago, Ill

Association for Corporate Growth, August 2015
Topic: Crowdfunding and Alternative Finance
Location: San Francisco, CA

American Agricultural Law Association, June 2015
Topic: Legal Issues in IP, Big Data and Tech in Agriculture
Location: The Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, CA

TEI-SJSU Tax Policy Conference, May 2015
Topic: Reinvigorated Tax Reform Arrives for 2015
Location: Lucas Graduate School of Business in Santa Clara

San Francisco Tax Club, March 2015
Topic: M&A Tax
Location: San Francisco, CA

CodeX, March, 2015
Topic: The Law Firm of the Future
Location: Stanford Law School

Carmel International Film Festival, October 2014
Topic: Film Finance (and Moderator of Investor Pitch)
Location: Carmel, CA

American Bar Association Section of Taxation, September 2014
Topic: Prospects for Direct (or Indirect) Taxation of Wealth
Location: Denver, CO

American Bar Association Section of Business Law, April 2014
Topic: Incorporating The Venture Backed LLC
Location: Los Angeles, CA

ITECH Law Conference, February 2014
Topic: Agriculture: Ag-Tech Law
Location: Melbourne, Australia

American Bar Association Section of Taxation, January 2014
Topic: The Role of the Internal Revenue Service in the Administration of Social Welfare Policy
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Keynote: 2013 Mellem Business Symposium, October 2013
Topic: The Business of Law
Location: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Strafford Legal Webinars, August 2013
Topic: Reverse and Forward Triangular Mergers
Location: Webinar

CalCPA Asia Business Forum, June 2013
Topic: Tax Strategies to Maximize Business Opportunities in China
Location: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Financial Executives International, March 2013
Topic: Washington Policy Update
Location: San Francisco

iTech Law Asia Conference, February 2013
Topic: Taxation of Technology in International Mergers and Acquisitions
Location: Bangalore, India

State Bar of California, Tax Section, November 2012
Topic: International Mergers and Acquisitions
Location: San Diego, CA

Santa Clara County Bar Association, September 2012
Topic: PR and Marketing in a Digital Age
Location: San Jose, CA

3rd Annual PR Summit Conference Presents Startup Bootcamp, August 2012
Topic: PR for Professionals
Location: San Francisco, CA

MobileMonday Silicon Valley/ Monthly Meeting of the Mobile Industry, July 2012
Topic: Top Legal Mistakes Startups Make
Location: San Francisco, CA

Vator Events: Venture Shift, July 2012
Topic: Debate about the JOBS Act between Dave McClure and Michael Stocker
Location: San Francisco, CA

Bar Association of San Francisco, Business Section, June 2012
Topic: Top 10 Legal Mistake Made by Start-up Companies
Location: San Francisco, CA

The U.S. Commercial Service of the American Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 2012
Topic: Crossing The Atlantic: A Breakfast for Slovenian Companies Expanding into the United States Location: Slon Hotel, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The U.S. Commercial Service of the American Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 2012
Topic: Legal Aspects of IT Industry Investments in the United States
Location: The Residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America Theodore Sedgwick in Slovakia

The U.S. Commercial Service of the American Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, March 2012
Topic: New Business Opportunities in the United States
Location: The American Embassy in Bucharest, Romania

State Bar of California, Tax Section, March 2012
Topic: Foreign Investment in US Real Property
Location: Webinar

ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, August 2011
Topic: Tax Aspects of Technology Transactions
Location: Webinar

California CPA, July 2011
Topic: Legal Aspects of Financing Structures
Location: San Jose, CA

Los Angeles Young Tax Lawyers, February 2011
Topic: Tax Aspects of Technology Transactions
Location: Los Angeles, CA


Contributor to “Employers and the Law: 2013-14 Anthology of Best Articles” (August 2014).

"The valley needs tax reform" San Jose Business Journal (April 2013).

"Buying and Selling a Business, Practical Tax Consequences" California Business Law Practitioner (December 2011).

“Tax Issues In Connection With Partnership Equity Compensation, Options And Restricted Interests,” California CPA OnLine, March 2002.

“Intercompany Agreements,” Transfer Pricing Handbook 1999 Edition.

"Inverworld and Taisei Clarify Effectively Connected Income Guidelines for Foreign Companies with U.S. Affiliates," High Tech Industry, July/August 1997.

"RRA '93 Limits Application of Portfolio Interest Exemption," 79 Journal of Taxation 360 (December 1993).

Co-Author, "Effectively Connected Income in a Global Economy," 6 Tax Notes Int'l 925 (1993).

Co-Author, "A Critical Look at the Earnings Stripping Regulations," 18 Int'l Tax Journal 51 (Summer 1992).

Co-Author, "Recent Developments in U.S. Information and Recordkeeping: The Compliance Net Tightens on Foreign Corporations," 17 Int'l Tax. Journal 16 (Fall 1991).

Preeminent, Peer Rated Attorney AV rating

The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation ICFM Leading Lawyer 2013

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Feedback on Roger Royse's Speaking Engagments and Reviews of Roger's Book

“… thank you again for the terrific presentation... You literally left the audience buzzing. You covered an amazing amount of material in an hour, and, yet, it was an exciting and compelling program – especially so due to the many anecdotes you weave in.” John F. ("Jack") Longinotti, FEI SV Careers Committee & Programs Chair. MINDREMO HG LLC

“Thank you also for speaking to our FEISV Careers Luncheon today.  You entertained and fully engaged our audience of senior financial executives and left ‘em scared!” Mark D. Muenchow, Second Vice President
Financial Executives Institute Silicon Valley Chapter.