Joseph B. Hershenson


Joseph received his JD from Stanford Law School and his BA magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College.  He has a working knowledge of French and Italian and a reading knowledge of German.

Joseph has affiliated with a number of highly regarded firms. He was a director in the business department of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canaday Falk & Rabkin, an elite San Francisco general practice firm, where he served on the professional responsibility committee and was in charge of the associate continuing education program. He was also a partner at Gray Cary Ware & Friedenrich, then a leading Silicon Valley technology firm, and a principal at Troop Meisinger Steuber & Pasich, a Los Angeles firm known for its business and entertainment transactional practices.



Joseph is a corporate transactional lawyer with over 20 years’ experience. He has advised on mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements, and other financing transactions aggregating over $11 billion. Joseph has extensive experience with cross-border M&A and other international transactions and has advised clients on corporate governance, executive compensation, and securities law compliance matters. He has worked with public and private companies, global and regional investment banks, executives, and investors.

Joseph’s work has spanned a variety of industries, including semiconductor manufacturing, consumer electronics, and life sciences as well as financial services. In addition, Joseph has advised entertainment, retail, and hospitality companies.

Recently, Joseph has devoted a portion of his business activities to the development of an investment fund for fine art. This venture has given him extensive experience in capital raising and the formation of public-private partnerships as well as a deep understanding of legal services from a client perspective.



Joseph has spoken extensively on alternative investments and related risks.

Prior to working in private practice, Joseph was involved in the preparation of the Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects at the International Institute for Unification of Private Law in Rome, Italy.