Roger Royse

Silicon Valley Attorney
Roger Royse
Corporate & Securities, ICOs, International, M & A, Tax
Silicon Valley

Roger Royse, the founder of the Royse Law Firm, works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries.  Roger regularly advises on complex tax structuring, high stakes business negotiations and large international financial transactions. Practicing business and tax law since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms, as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City.


Roger is active in leadership roles with several bar associations, including the following:

• Chair of the Taxation Committee of the ABA Business Law Section;
• Vice Chair of the Tax Policy and Simplification Committee of the ABA Tax Section;
• Chair of the Tax Policy, Practice and Legislation of the State Bar of California Taxation Section;
• Fellow of the American Bar Foundation;
• California State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates; and
• Member of the California Bar Business Law Section Agri-Business Committee.


Roger is the author of Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup and sits on the boards of advisers and mentors several funds, accelerators and tech companies and takes an active role in the strategic planning decisions of his clients.


Roger has been a participating instructor of corporate law for the Center for International Studies (Salzburg Austria) and is an adjunct Professor of Taxation (Property Transactions and International Taxation) for Golden Gate University School of Law. Roger is the founder of the philanthropic organization “Team Motion to Dismiss Cancer” which conducted high profile auctions of meetings with venture capitalists to raise money for charity and has been recognized for his efforts on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by being named the 2012 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Man of the Year.


Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, has a “ 10.0 Superb” rating from Avvo.


• J.D., B.S. (Accounting), University of North Dakota
• LL.M. (Taxation) New York University School of Law

Admitted to Practice

• Nevada, California, New York, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota
• U.S. Tax Court
• United States District Court, Northern District of California


• American Bar Association
• State Bar of California
• Palo Alto Area Bar Association
• ND Society of Certified Public Accountants


• Selected to Super Lawyers list: 2011, 2014-2017
• 2012 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Man of the Year

Recent Articles

China AgTech

Roger Royse
February 5, 2018
China AgTech First there was an Industrial Revolution, then a Cultural Revolution, and now an Agricultural Revolution. The Royse AgTech Innovatio...