Michael Woronoff teaches Venture Capital and the Start-Up Company. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University (1982), and his J.D. from the University of Michigan (1985), where he was a note editor of the Journal of Law Reform and the recipient of the Emmett E. Eagan award.
Mr. Woronoff is a Partner at Proskauer Rose, LLP, and heads the Firm's Los Angeles office and west coast corporate and securities practice. Prior to joining Proskauer, Mr. Woronoff co-founded, and was a principal of, Shelter Capital Partners, a Southern California based private equity fund. Prior to co-founding Shelter, he was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom.
Woronoff is a member of numerous bar and professional associations, and is a frequent author and lecturer on a variety of corporate and securities law topics. Among other things, he has authored or co-authored: Random Thoughts on Private Equity Practice (in Deal Strategies for Venture Capital and Private Equity Lawyers); Effective vs. Nominal Valuations in Venture Capital Investing (2 NYU Journal of Law & Business 199 (2005)); Understanding Anti-dilution Provisions in Convertible Securities (74 Fordham Law Review 129 (2005)); and Confidentiality (in Negotiating and Drafting Contract Boilerplate). He also writes frequently on teaching transactional law. His articles include What Law Schools Should Teach Future Transactional Lawyers (UCLA School of Law, Law-Econ Research Paper No. 09-17 (available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1430087)) and Using a Venture Capital Class to Teach Transactional Skills (Tennessee Journal of Business Law (available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1292477)).
Of the more than 2,000 lawyers ranked by Chambers USA in 2010, Mr. Woronoff was acknowledged as a leader in five separate categories – more than any other corporate lawyer in the United States. The Los Angeles Business Journal ranked him as one of the Top 100 lawyers and one of the top 9 corporate lawyers in Los Angeles. He has also been selected by Lawdragon 500 as one of the 500 Leading Dealmakers in America and as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America.