Kathi Rawnsley

Kathi Rawnsley, Member Tech Group
Lowenstein Sandler

Kathi Rawnsley of Lowenstein Sandler is an Executive Committee Member of First Growth Venture Network

Kathi Rawnsley of Lowenstein Sandler is an Executive Committee Member of First Growth Venture Network

Kathi Rawnsley, a member of Lowenstein Sandler’s Tech Group, co-founded and leads the firm’s Silicon Valley office, located in Palo Alto, CA. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Rawnsley served as Regional Counsel for the U.S. and Canada for Santa Clara-based Intel Capital, the world’s most active venture investor. During 2007, Ms. Rawnsley served as Acting General Counsel at Intel Capital, a year in which Intel invested $639 million in 166 deals. Ms. Rawnsley’s most recent deal at Intel Capital before departing was Intel’s proposed $1 billion strategic investment (alongside Comcast, Google, and others) into a new company to be formed through the combination of Clearwire and the 4G assets of Sprint Nextel announced in May 2008. Other recent major transactions include leading Intel’s corporate legal team on a multibillion-dollar joint venture with Micron Technologies in Singapore and leading Intel Capital’s legal team on a successful partial exit from Calgary-based portfolio company SMART Technologies in a sale of a minority stake to Apax Partners. In addition to the major transactions, she also worked on numerous venture capital investments, which include recent investments in such diverse companies as SpikeSource, an open source-focused software verification company, and Tethys Bioscience, a diagnostics company focusing on novel biological markers. In April 2008, Intel awarded her the Intel Achievement Award, the company’s top honor for the highest-performing groups and individuals for her work on the SMART Technologies transaction.

Ms. Rawnsley has been very active in the Venture Community and was the 2008 Co-Chair of the National Venture Capital Association’s Model Legal Documents Project and served as an Organizer and panelist at the CFO/In-House Counsel track at the NVCA’s 2008 Annual Meeting. She is also a longstanding board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Silicon Valley and chaired the 2007 Silicon Valley Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Prior to her nine years at Intel Capital, Ms. Rawnsley worked at a large law firm in Silicon Valley where her practice focused on venture capital, M&A and public offerings.

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 1995), cum laude
  • University of Vermont (B.A., 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • 1995, California