John Casnocha is a partner in the firm’s Technology and Life Sciences groups. He advises founders, emerging growth companies, and venture capital funds on corporate and transactional matters, including formations, financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and structuring and executing secondary sales and other private liquidity programs for private companies and their investors. He is the hiring partner of Goodwin’s San Francisco office.

He is a key contributor to Goodwin’s Founders Workbench, an online resource for start-ups, emerging companies and the entrepreneurial community.

Mr. Casnocha spends his free time chasing after his three young daughters and exploring the outdoors. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Lone Mountain Children’s Center.





Mr. Casnocha’s representation of start-up and late-stage companies spans the entire corporate life-cycle, including pre-incorporation planning, general corporate representation and counseling, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, secondary sales and private liquidity programs, public offerings, corporate governance and public company representation. He is also a trusted advisor to venture capital funds investing in seed stage through pre-IPO emerging growth companies. Mr. Casnocha has particular expertise in cross-border transactions and representing non-US companies re-incorporating in the US to take on funding.

Mr. Casnocha’s representative company clients include: ApeWorX, Balsa, Bloomreach, Calyptia, Central Coast Agriculture, ChillPill, Clayful, Clearbit, Constrafor, Daybase Deliverr, Diagonal Finances, Doximity, Dynaboard, Foondamate, Evolve Vacation Rental, Exabeam, Gather, GrindFoundry, Healthlane, Jam, Jaris, Lightbeam, LoanSnap, Meesho, Miro, Neuro-ID, Picslo, Pixaera, Poshmark, Premier Lacrosse League, Provus, PubNub, Qualtrics, Rescription, Scopely, StorageOS, Swipe Technologies, Tekion, TrueNorth, Ubiquitous Influencer and Zendesk.

Representative Matters



Venture Capital Financings
  • Has represented numerous companies and venture capital firms in early stage seed financings through late stage growth equity financings. Such firms include 8VC, a16z, Alkeon Capital, Anthos Capital, APX, August Capital, B Capital, Cardinal Partners, Heavybit, Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed, Lobby Capital, Neuberger Berman, Next Play Ventures, OEL Ventures, True Ventures, Uncork, Westbridge Capital, World Innovation Labs and Y Combinator.
Equity Capital Markets
  • Represented Doximity, Inc. (NYSE: DOCS) in its initial public offering
  • Represented Poshmark, Inc. (NYSE: POSH) in its initial public offering
  • Represented underwriters in the Qualtrics International, Inc. (Nasdaq: XM) initial public offering 
  • Represented Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANTH) in various equity offerings
  • Represented Amplify Snack Brands, Inc. (NYSE: BETR) in its follow-on public offering
  • Represented Blueprint Medicines, Inc. (NYSE: BPMC) in its follow-on public offering
  • Represented MyoKardia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MYOK) in its follow-on public offering
  • Represented Qualtrics International, Inc. in its dual track proposed initial public offering and sale
  • Represented Truck Hero, Inc. in its dual track proposed initial public offering and sale
  • Represented underwriters in the Sonim Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: SONM) initial public offering
  • Represented underwriters in the ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSCT) initial public offering and follow-on offering
  • Represented underwriters in the Tintri, Inc. initial public offering
Debt Capital Markets
  • Represented NIKE, Inc. in its 2015 note offering for $1 billion
  • Represented NIKE, Inc. in its 2016 note offering for $1.5 billion
  • Represented Zendesk, Inc. in its 144A convertible note offerings for $500 million and $1 billion
  • Represented Hello Digit, Inc. in its sale to Oportun, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPRT)
  • Represented Deliverr in its sale to Shopify (NYSE:SHOP)
  • Represented Portworx, Inc. in its sale to Pure Storage, Inc. (NYSE: PSTG) 
  • Represented Qualtrics International Inc. in its sale to SAP SE (NYSE: SAP)
  • Represented Xoom, Inc. (Nasdaq: XOOM) in its sale to Paypal, Inc. (Nasdaq: PYPL)
  • Represented Authy, Inc. in its sale to Twilio, Inc. (NYSE: TWLO)
  • Represented Codenomicon, Inc. in its sale to Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS)
  • Represented BEEcube, Inc. in its sale to NI (Nasdaq: NATI)
  • Represented Quick Left, Inc. in its asset sale to Cognizant, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTSH)
  • Represented Specialty’s Café & Bakery, Inc. in its sale to FEMSA Comercio, S.A. de C.V.
  • Represented Curse, Inc. in its sale to Twitch, Inc.
  • Represented Qualtrics International, Inc. in its acquisition of Statwing, Inc.
  • Represented Amobee, Inc. (SingTel) in its acquisition of assets of Videology, Inc.
  • Represented 1020 Inc. (Placecast) in its sale to Ericsson, Inc.
  • Represented Friendly Finances, Inc. in its sale to Credit Karma, Inc.
  • Represented Ocera Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: OCRX) in its sale to Mallinckrodt (NYSE: MKN)
  • Represented Trooly, Inc. in its sale to Airbnb, Inc.
Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Casnocha was an associate in Latham & Watkins’ San Francisco and London offices. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Casnocha taught English at a university in Quito, Ecuador and at San Francisco University High School.


Mr. Casnocha was selected to Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list for 2021 and 2022.

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