Stuart Hays brings combined legal and business expertise to his clients. Stuart frequently serves as executive general counsel, member of the board member and business development executive for his clients. His practice focuses on transactions including technology licensing, product development, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and general corporate counseling. His clients are dynamic, growing and mature companies in enterprise software, mobile technologies, renewable energy, real estate, digital media and content, internet business models, construction and development, and professional services.



  • Software/Technology/Licensing
  • Corporate Compliance and Governance
  • Venture Finance/Securities Offerings and Compliance
  • Debt and Equity Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions/Due Diligence
  • Product Development/Supply and Outsourcing Agreements
  • Employment Agreements/Stock Option Plans/Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Intellectual Property Protection/Licensing/Portfolio Management
  • Strategic Alliances/Joint Ventures/Offshore Entities
  • Pre-Litigation Dispute Resolution/Litigation Management
  • General Commercial Agreements/Lease Negotiations

Before founding Transbay Law Group, Stuart was a corporate partner with a large West Coast law firm. Stuart has served as general counsel to hundreds of technology, manufacturing, defense industry, service sector and retail companies including a venture capital-backed CAD software company, a mobile broadband wireless company, a carbon capture and green cement company and one of the largest privately owned medical centers in California. Prior to that, Stuart served as counsel to a large money-center bank in San Francisco.

Stuart offers tremendous experience in capital raises from early-stage angel rounds, through venture rounds to registered public offerings and PIPE transactions. Stuart has represented both issuers and major shareholders in initial and secondary public offerings. Stuart serves as reporting counsel for periodic SEC filings.

Prior to serving as in-house counsel, Stuart served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter for energy, banking and agricultural issues and as a law clerk to Presiding Judge Nat A. Agliano for the California Sixth District Court of Appeals.

Stuart is a graduate of Santa Clara University, School of Law, a member of the California and District of Columbia Bar Associations. Stuart majored in economics and studied Russian literature at the University of Washington. He also studied at the National University of Singapore where he earned a Certificate in Comparative International Law of the ASEAN Region while clerking for a local Singaporean law firm.


”Working with Transbay Law Group is the most enjoyable professional experience that I have had. Transbay provides all of the challenges large firm legal work without the staff meetings, admin headaches and marketing demands.

I enjoy practicing law and serving clients without the administrative burdens. It is a delight to visit clients on site and work from home when I need to.”

Transbay Law Group Team Member