Chris Shoff

Christopher Shoff

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Christopher Shoff
Santa Monica
+1 424 436 3070

Chris Shoff is a partner in Goodwin’s Technology practice and a leading advisor to emerging companies, venture capital firms, private equity firms, and strategic acquirers in the technology, life sciences, and other growth industries. He is the leader of the firm’s Business Law department in Santa Monica. Chris represents technology, life sciences, and other high growth companies and the venture capital, private equity, and strategic investors that finance them. He regularly represents growth companies throughout their entire life cycle from formation to exit. In this role he advises companies, entrepreneurs, and investors on a full range of matters and transactions including venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, company formation, equity incentives, employment matters, securities law compliance, corporate governance, and public offerings.

Chris also has extensive experience representing both sellers and acquirers in M&A transactions. This experience helps him more effectively advise emerging companies through their growth cycle in preparation for an exit.


Chris’s representative clients include:

Company Clients

  • Bird Rides*
  • Brandable*
  • Carbon38
  • Coterie Baby*
  • Digicert
  • DreamWorks Animation*
  • Ephesoft*
  • Expensify*
  • FashionPhile
  • Filevine
  • Flowcast
  • GuideCX
  • Homie Technology
  • Jaanuu
  • Loop Global 
  • Mendaera
  • Meta Platforms, Inc.*
  • MyHealthTeams*
  • Nanosys*
  • One Concern
  • Pray
  • Route 
  • SmartyPants Vitamins*
  • Spiff
  • Qualcomm
  • Taxbit
  • Tegus*
  • Thankful AI
  • The Bouqs
  • The VOID*
  • UOMA Beauty
  • Venafi*
  • Vintra
  • Violet Grey*
  • Welbe Health*
  • ZEFR*
  • Zwift

Venture Capital and Private Equity Fund Clients

  • Album VC
  • Bonfire Ventures
  • Fifth Wall*
  • Lux Capital
  • National Football League Players Inc.
  • Manta Ray Ventures*
  • Marlin Equity Partners
  • Mercato Partners*
  • Montage Ventures
  • Oaktree Capital*
  • Pando Ventures
  • Sapphire Ventures
  • Wavemaker Partners*
  • Willow Growth Partners
  • Wonder Ventures*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Chris was a partner with Latham & Watkins.

Professional Activities

Chris has also been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California Law School where he has taught courses on venture capital and emerging companies.




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