A Silicon Valley native, Blake has more than 20 years of legal experience practicing executive compensation and employee benefits in the San Francisco Bay Area. Blake advises early to late-stage venture-backed and privately-held companies on equity compensation matters. His primary practice focus is two-fold: working with investors and venture backed companies from inception to exit (IPO, direct listing) and mergers and acquisitions (both buy-side and sell-side). In each of Blake’s two primary areas of focus, his practice encompasses tax, securities, accounting and corporate law matters.

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Experience

  • Olive Hits $4 Billion Valuation With Latest Funding Round 

  • Groww Reaches Unicorn Status With Series D Round 

  • Olive Closes $225 Million Financing, Acquires Verata Health 

  • Patreon Valuation Climbs to $1.2 Billion With Series E Round  

  • Pure Storage Acquires Portworx for $370 Million 

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Clients hold Blake Martell in high regard, praising him as 'very strong, quick to the point.' – Chambers
Education

  • New York University School of Law
    LLM, Taxation
    1998

  • University of San Francisco, School of Law
    1997, JD

  • University of California, Davis
    BA, 1993


Admissions & Credentials

California

Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA: Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2019-2021)

contact

+1 415 693 2099 office
bmartell@cooley.com

3 Embarcadero Center
20th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111-4004