The High-touch Legal Services® Blog…for Startups!

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About Dana Shultz

Dana Shultz Dana Shultz is a business-savvy attorney with in-depth knowledge of law, business, technology, and the needs of startup and early-stage companies.

Dana develops close working relationships with clients based on a positive attitude and rock-solid dependability. He delivers High-touch Legal Services® (about which you may read many Client Testimonials) – thus the name of his blog.

Dana received an undergraduate degree with honors in Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law (University of California at Berkeley). He is a member of the State Bar of California and has been honored repeatedly by Who’s Who in American Law. Dana’s LinkedIn page has a large amount of additional information, including many client recommendations.

Follow Dana Shultz on Twitter: @danashultz

Career History

Before starting his own law practice, Dana provided in-house legal services at companies ranging in size from pre-IPO to multinational. His positions included:

Dana’s work experience also includes management consulting in information technology; litigation support marketing and sales; and software development. These elements combine to give Dana Shultz an in-depth understanding of business operations that adds value to his legal skills and services. (See If you had to do it all over again, would you still be a lawyer?)


See Dana’s answers to hundreds of legal and business questions on Avvo.

Dana was honored as one of the Top Writers on Quora for 2013 , 2014 and 2015. Dana’s more popular  answers include those to the following questions:

In June 2014, James Publishing posted a case study of Dana’s online business development activities: Generating Business Clients on Quora.

Professional Activities

Dana is the founder of the Bay Area Business Attorneys Network (BABAN), a network of solo and small-firm business attorneys in the San Francisco Bay Area. BABAN members are experienced and knowledgeable in their respective practice areas and provide clients with a level of consistent, personal attention that often is difficult to find in a large law firm. See Why I Founded the Bay Area Business Attorneys Network (BABAN).

Dana Shultz is the founder of In 2 USA NOW!, which helps technology companies overcome obstacles to entering the US market.

Dana has given hundreds of hours to to the Silicon Valley Academy of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) – now SVForum. He served as Program Chair for SVASE’s East Bay Series for six years.

Dana is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Alameda County Bar Association’s Business Section.

Dana Shultz is a member of the Advisory Council of The Organization of Legal Professionals.


Dana moved to Berkeley for law school shortly after marrying his wife, Peggy. They have lived in the East Bay ever since then. (Dana’s answer to What was your experience like when you decided to become an attorney? on Quora tells the story of how he went from writing software in Detroit to attending law school in Berkeley.)

Photo of Dana Shultz with Ganyao Arunleung, Head Muay Thai Trainer at Pacific Ring Sports

Dana Shultz with Ganyao Arunleung, Head Muay Thai Trainer at Pacific Ring Sports

They have two intelligent, personable, attractive daughters with whom Dana has been totally in love since the minute they were born. They also have two intelligent, personable, attractive female Golden Retrievers (Dana is the only male in the household).

In 2009, Dana took up Muay Thai (kickboxing), which now is one of the most exciting things in his life. He works out at Pacific Ring Sports, which is a great gym with fabulous owners and trainers. Dana is the subject of PRS’s May 2014 Member Spotlight.

Dana Shultz’s motto: “I get things done – and done well.”

Contact Dana Shultz

If you would like to contact Dana Shultz, his telephone number is +1 510 547-0545, his e-mail address (expressed to escape software that harvests addresses from websites) is: dana [at] danashultz [dot] com, and his Skype ID is dana.h.shultz.

Please be aware that visiting this blog or contacting me (I’m in the San Francisco, California, Bay Area) will not create an attorney-client relationship. Until that relationship is created (typically via a signed engagement letter), neither the attorney-client privilege nor any obligation of confidentiality will apply to any communications. Please limit anything you write to the general nature of the matter that you would like to discuss.

  1. 11/3/2009 | 6:31 pm Permalink

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  2. 11/8/2010 | 8:27 am Permalink

    Hi Dana – please continue to send me emails.

  3. 1/20/2011 | 4:16 pm Permalink

    Just want to say your blog is great!

  4. 7/4/2011 | 2:56 pm Permalink

    Dear Mr. Schultz:

    I have been searching (and I’m not a whiz at legal research) for authority for the proposition that a lawyer;s duty of confidentiality is sufficient to protect the client’s trade secrets without the lawyer signing an NDA.

    Your blog is the only site I found discussing the issue. (And it is an excellent site.) Do you know of any such authority?

    Thanks very much for your time in considering my question.

    Sincerely, Ray Coulter

  5. 7/5/2011 | 10:35 am Permalink

    @Ray Coulter
    I don’t know of any case authority for that proposition. On the few occasions when prospective clients have asked me to sign NDAs, I have explained that our ethical obligation set forth in California Business and Professions Code Section 6068 (that each attorney must “maintain inviolate the confidence, and at every peril to himself or herself to preserve the secrets, of his or her client” [emphasis added]) is much stronger than the provisions of the typical NDA. That explanation always has sufficed.

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