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We have extensive "big firm" knowledge gained through years of licensing and corporate law practice with two of California's largest and most prestigious law firms as well as substantial experience in-house. We understand both the goal of a high-quality work product, but at the same time the need to "get the deal done" in order to achieve corporate goals.

Portola Legal's aim is to bridge the gap between true in-house legal counsel and the often prohibitively high costs of big outside law firms. Our goal is to provide you with the same quality work product as a large law firm at far more advantageous rates and no costly overhead. At the same time, we strive to advise you with an in-house perspective on negotiating agreements that you will be able to operationalize once the transaction is complete. 


Stefanie R. Chalberg, Esq., is an attorney in the Silicon Valley area of California. Prior to forming Portola Legal, she worked as a corporate attorney in the Palo Alto offices of Cooley, LLP and then as a licensing attorney in the Menlo Park offices of Latham and Watkins, LLP where she gained extensive experience in negotiating complex agreements and advocating for clients in the biotechnology, diagnostics, medical device, technology and clean tech industries. At Genomic Health, Inc., as their Head of the Contracts Department, US and International, Ms. Chalberg specialized in the personalized medicine and genomic diagnostic space as well as its associated healthcare, data privacy and specific study agreement areas.

Ms. Chalberg holds a J.D. from the University of Muenster, Germany and an LL.M. in American Law from Boston University. She is admitted to practice in California, New York and Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 


Stefanie R. Chalberg, Esq.

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