Francesco R. Barbera, J.D., M.A.
Founder and Managing Attorney
Francesco Barbera is a corporate attorney representing entrepreneurs, investors and emerging growth companies in a wide range of industries, including software, technology, digital, fashion, health care, retail and e-commerce. He counsels entrepreneurs, investors and established companies on the full range of their business activities, from formation through raising capital, growth and acquisition. He has special expertise in the representation of mission-driven organizations, benefit corporations and social enterprises.
Throughout his career, he has represented the National Broadcasting Corporation, the Grammy Museum, Credit Suisse First Boston, as well as privately held businesses in internet, media and technology, mobile applications, consumer products, professional sports, film and television production.
Francesco began his legal career at two large, international law firms in Los Angeles, where he represented large and small enterprises in a broad range of transactions, from mergers and acquisitions to public and private securities offerings to the formation of partnerships and joint ventures.
Francesco is a founding member of the Los Angeles chapter of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. A lifelong student of psychology and personal development, Francesco has been trained and mentored by numerous leaders in the personal development arena and coaches individuals and executives on achieving greater levels of well-being, clarity and fulfillment individually and in their organizations.
Francesco has also founded and represented non-profit initiatives. He has served as outside counsel to the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, a charter school dedicated to training the next generation of social and political leaders, and he is the founder and former Executive Director of SpiritWalk, a non-profit fundraiser created to benefit the University of Santa Monica.
Francesco’s writing has appeared in The American Lawyer, California Lawyer, Slate, and others. He served as the Supreme Court columnist and Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Record and was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Penn History Review, the first Ivy League journal in the country dedicated to the publication of undergraduate historical research.
Francesco is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, and the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.