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I’m an attorney at a full-service boutique Silicon Valley Law Firm that caters to wealth creators and business people, Rutledge & Rutledge. I became an attorney because I enjoy helping people solve their problems, and few problems are as central and serious in a person’s life as a legal problem. Living in the Silicon Valley allows me to serve my community’s individuals and businesses with creative, tailor-made, tax-efficient solutions for their business and estate planning needs. My firm is equipped for and experienced in litigation, but my greatest successes are negotiating deals, devising the legal foundation of businesses, and drafting legal documents that will hopefully never need to be litigated.

In China and California, I have worked for and represented international software, technology, finance, clean energy, logistics, beverage, private equity, construction, and biotechnology companies in all aspects of their business, including inception, distribution, labor, mergers, and closure. My earlier blog, Experience Not Logic, was voted the Second Top English language China business and law blog in the world, it was named a top 100 resource for China business, and has been discussed and cited by the Wall Street Journal online and Yahoo! Finance.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, I am most proud of the time I spent working at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in the Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource in small-angle biological x-ray scattering.  I wrote a data acquisition and analysis software package in C++ for a CCD. And I was certified in General Employee Radiation Training. Scientists from around the world came to our beam, and I guided them through its use.  Most fun, I designed high energy research components and worked with my machinist to fabricate them.

I can be reached at [email protected], and I also blog at


New York University School of Law, LL.M. Taxation
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.
Pomona College, B.A.

Community Involvement

Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

Professional Associations

U.S. Tax Court
State Bar of California
International Law Section of the State Bar of California
Taxation Section of the State Bar of California


Expert Blogs

Posted by Will Lewis on Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:17:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Serious
Careful documentation of your software development expenses can help you maximize your after tax profits with the help of the R&D tax credit. It's not dramatic, but every dollar counts!

Posted by Will Lewis on Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:45:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
This part I of a three part series on major tax incentives for video game and general software development. In this part I focus on the 100% deduction and compare the 100% deduction with standard 3-year amortization.

Posted by Will Lewis on Tue, 25 Jun 2013 02:21:00 EDT
In the following post I summarize the facts behind Ellen Page's Reddit complaint about Last of Us, I summarize California privacy law, and I summarize the fact-based defense to privacy infringement and the First Amendment defense.

Posted by Will Lewis on Wed, 05 Jun 2013 08:53:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Serious
In the following guide, I aim to explain the basic legal steps for preparing for crowdfunding, and how to plan for your best after-tax position.

Posted by Will Lewis on Wed, 15 May 2013 01:00:00 EDT in Business/Marketing
Nintendo won a patent infringement case brought by Motiva against Nintendo. What is the factual background of the case, why did the court decide how it did, what is the broader legal impact of the case, and what lessons are there for indie developers?

Posted by Will Lewis on Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:23:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Serious
On April 9, the appeals court granted Southpeak a perpetual license in Section 8. What is the background, what does the court mean by a perpetual license, and are there any lessons for developers?

Will Lewis's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 06/05/2013 - 08:53]

Rachel, Great comments. I usually ...

Rachel, Great comments. I usually think the Delaware C Corp is a bit excessive, but I 've also had successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs stare at me sideways when I suggested anything other than the Delaware C Corp. r n r nI agree with you that the R D tax credit ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/15/2013 - 01:00]

Luke, I don 't disagree ...

Luke, I don 't disagree with much of your analysis. Obtaining quick relief via the ITC for patent trolls is now out of the question. And we will have to wait for resolution of the district court case, via settlement, judgment or trial, to see how this completely shakes out. ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/17/2013 - 10:23]

Walter is pretty spot on ...

Walter is pretty spot on with his analysis. Timegate was contractually obligated to put it all into development. There was likely some amount built into the 7.5 million to pay for salary expense in development, but the arbitrator must have seen evidence that Timegate did not use all of the ...