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ABOUT DONNA G. MATIAS

I am an attorney, former law professor, and founder of The Entrepartners' Advocate.  I have assisted entrepreneurs in navigating legal waters for over fifteen of my 20+ years practicing law. That experience led to the insight that entrepreneurs very often enter business partnerships with eyes wide closed, unable to see their partner's flaws or the critical ways in which they are not well-aligned.  A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, I began my legal career as a litigator at a big law firm in San Francisco before becoming a public interest lawyer in Washington, D.C.  There, I first developed a passion for assisting entrepreneurs in challenging legal barriers to earning an honest living.  After moving back to the West Coast, I founded a pro bono legal clinic dedicated to helping low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs start up and expand.

You know that friend you call for advice about all manner of things, from the mundane to the "just wondering what you think" to the urgent? Somehow, I've always been That Friend (even in elementary school).  As the Entrepartners' Advocate, I want to help you see the routes that lead to partner conflict and guide you to a new path.

In my free time, I love writing, staying physically active, dabbling in creative endeavors, laughing, experimenting with brewing kombucha and beer, and otherwise learning new skills.