Stephanie L. Zeppa


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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Emerging Growth/Venture Capital
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Social Media and Games
  • Wine
University Pepperdine University, B.A., cum laude, 1994
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1999 Order of the Coif
Admitted1999, California


•Chair, IMPACT Committee - Compass Family Services
•Catalyst Award Program Advisor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute - UCSF
•Member, California Bar Association
•Advisor, Astia


Stephanie Zeppa is a partner in the Corporate & Securities Group in the firm's Palo Alto and San Francisco offices. Her corporate expertise covers businesses in a variety of industries including social media and video games, software and information technology, FinTech, digital currencies and digital health. Ms. Zeppa is also Co-Team Leader of the firm's Social Media and Games Industry Team and a member of the Wine Industry Team.

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Nationally recognized as a leading venture capital and M&A lawyer, Chambers USA's Guide to Leading Lawyers noted Ms. Zeppa is described by clients as a very solid ally on your team, a very logical and fast thinker and an excellent negotiator with a broad understanding of issues.

Ms. Zeppa has extensive experience representing both private and public companies in a wide range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, investments, strategic transactions as well as corporate governance matters. She also represents emerging growth companies, founders, institutional and strategic investors in connection with formation, financing and exits of emerging growth and technology companies.


•Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal 500, 2014, 2015
•Corporate/M&A: Venture Capital, Chambers, 2013


Investment Experience

•Represented venture fund investors in various early and late stage institutional rounds of investments for a diverse range of technology companies including Kiip, Jelli, Delighted, InvoiceASAP, MobilePD, Treedom, Ekahau, DNA Direct and Reaction Housing Systems.

•Represented HealthLoop in connection with its $10,000,000 Series A Financing.

•Represented a variety of early stage technology companies in connection with seed financings and corporate matters including WiserCare, FishFishMe, Synthicity, Chair, ServiceMesh, Waved, Theia.IO, BillForward, and Zordera.

M&A Experience

•Represented Walz Group in its sale to LenderLive Services.

•Synthicity, the maker of Urban Canvas, in its acquisition by Autodesk.

•Represented ServiceMesh in its sale to Computer Sciences Corp.

•Advised on Sony Computer Entertainment America's separate acquisitions of Incognito Entertainment, Red Zone Interactive, Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch Productions and Zipper Interactive, developers of consumer software entertainment products.

•Advised on Experian's separate acquisitions of MetaReward, a leading online customer acquisition company; PromiseMark, a developer of online consumer protection software; and ThermoMedia, an Internet-based marketing company.

•Represented Factor Support Network Pharmacies in its sale to American Service & Product.

•Represented Essence Digital, an award winning digital agency with global reach and Fortune 100 technology clients, in acquisition of mobile advertising company Point Reach, and digital media group Black Bag. Acted as outside general counsel for North American expansion.

•Advised on the sale of Paymo to Boku, a mobile payment provider.

•Represented DNA Direct in its sale to Medco Health Solutions.

•Advised on the sale of HealthNet Dental and HealthNet Vision to SafeGuard Health Enterprises.

Strategic Transactions

•Represented digital play studio Toca Boca in a licensing deals with Amazon, Microsoft and international distribution partners.
•Represented digital play studio Toca Boca in a content distribution deal with VTech to bring award-winning apps to the its InnoTab MAX.

Publications & News


Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

• Applying a Legal Bandaid to Defective Acts: Delaware Law Creates New Procedures to Ratify Defective Corporate Acts, March 26, 2014

Healthcare Law Blog Posts

• Go For De Novo: FDA's Revised Approach to Medical Device Accessories, February 19, 2015
• Interface without Regulation - FDA Deregulates MDDS and Related Technologies, February 12, 2015
• FDA Issues Guidance for Low-Risk General Wellness Products, January 23, 2015
• Proposed health IT strategy aims to promote innovation, June 11, 2014
• Mobile Medical App Regulations on the Move - Proposed Bills To Further Alter the Regulatory Landscape of Mobile Medical Applications, March 31, 2014
• The FDA Releases Long-Awaited Final Guidance on Mobile Medical Applications, September 24, 2013

Labor & Employment Law Blog Posts

• U.S. and China Strike Visa Deal, November 11, 2014

Venture Law Blog Posts

• SAFEs and KISSes Poised to Be the Next Generation of Startup Financing, May 12, 2015

Video Game Law Blog Posts

• Investment Trends in the Gaming Industry, December 1, 2014

Media Mentions

•Getting In With the Emerging Crowd

The Recorder, May 9, 2015
•Wearable Technology Poses Regulatory Quandaries

Law360, May 5, 2015
•Synthicity Sells to Autodesk With Help From Sheppard Mullin

Daily Journal, April 30, 2015
•Sheppard Mullin Guides Toca Boca Licensing With Amazon

Daily Journal, December 30, 2014
•Sheppard Mullin Helps Toca Boca in Agreement

Daily Journal, October 23, 2014
•Sheppard Mullin Guides App Developer in Tablet Agreement

The Recorder, October 16, 2014
•Is Video Game Money Subject to Taxation?

Daily Journal, September 23, 2014
•Sheppard Mullin Adds Finance, Patent Pros In Bay Area

Law360, August 13, 2013

Speaking Engagements

•Panelist, Digital Health Innovation: Project to Product, Gladstone Institute, San Francisco, May 14, 2014


•Nobody Accomplishes Success by Themselves: Building and Motivating a Kick-Ass Team

September 15, 2015
•Digital Future of Finance: Reinventing the System

Presented by Runway and Sheppard Mullin

June 9, 2015
•Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

7th Annual Conference

May 2014
•Digital Health Innovation: Project to Product

Intellectual Property, Regulation, and Financing

Gladstone Institute, San Francisco, May 14, 2014
•The Digital Dimensions of Healthcare

Sheppard Mullin & SVB

April 22, 2014


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Go For De Novo: FDA’s Revised Approach to Medical Device Accessories
Vinay Bhupathy,Stephanie L. Zeppa, February 25, 2015
Accessories are an everyday reality for almost all users of technology products today. They can help improve efficacy, increase usability and make many other improvements to the technology we use. Increasingly, accessories are used for health related applications (e.g., smartwatches that connect to...

Interface without Regulation - FDA Deregulates MDDS and Related Technologies
Vinay Bhupathy,Stephanie L. Zeppa, February 23, 2015
2015 has been a busy year for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In January, the FDA issued guidance documents addressing wellness applications as well as accessories to medical devices and it looks like the administration is continuing the trend into February with a finalized regulatory...

FDA Issues Guidance for Low-Risk General Wellness Products
Andrew S. Kreider,Stephanie L. Zeppa, February 18, 2015
On January 20, 2015, the FDA issued draft guidelines[1] designed to give developers whose products and applications promote healthy lifestyles (so-called “general wellness products”) direction on when such products qualify as medical devices under Section 201(h) of the Food Drug &...

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Stephanie L. Zeppa

379 Lytton Avenue
Palo AltoCA 94301


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