ILG Team Members
Areas of Specialty
Years of Combined Legal Experience
Number of Clients Represented
Sanjiv S. Dhawan
Sanjiv has founded, funded and grown multiple technology and development focused companies. His experience ranges from managing day to day legal and business operational and regulatory issues to negotiating, structuring and documenting complex finance, development, strategic partnership, and merger and acquisition transactions. Sanjiv’s most recently co-founded a business in the pharmaceutical industry and serves as its General Counsel. Sanjiv has served as managing member, General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Legend Venture Partners and Reliant Development Company, LLC both enterprises he co-founded for the purpose of assisting Native American Tribal Nations with their development initiatives. Sanjiv was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of EGE, LLC a development and management company and ELV, Inc., a developer of resort enterprises. Additionally, Sanjiv served as Vice-President and Corporate Counsel of Connetics Corporation, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company. He was Of Counsel with the law firm of Manatt Phelps and Phillips LLP, Vice President of business development and General Counsel for two optical networking companies, Senior Associate with the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Associate with the Law Firm of Wise & Shepard, Senior Counsel with the Securities & Exchange Commission, and Chief of the Civil Division of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Invited as a guest speaker to Hastings College of Law and to the Alameda County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, Sanjiv is also an active member of the California State Bar, American Bar Association and a Founding Member of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California. Sanjiv’s vast and varied hands on experience as both an attorney and entrepreneur uniquely positions him to provide innovative and tested business and legal solutions to ILG’s clients as both as corporate counsel and outside general counsel.
Born in India, the son of a Diplomat, Sanjiv lived in many European capital cities as a child. His family moved to San Francisco in 1973 and he has been proud to call the Bay Area his home for over four decades.
College Attended: University of California at Berkeley
College Degree: B.S. Genetics
Law School: University of California at Davis
Bar Membership: California
Bar Year: 1990
Rafael is a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Section of the Alameda County Bar Association. He has also been a panelist on several continuing legal education seminars and has spoken to non-attorney audiences on startup financing and governance matters. Rafael enjoys cooking, travel, and spending time with his wife and son.
Rafael was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He has lived in Asia, Australia, and Southern California before settling into the Bay Area in 2006.
Rafael believes that the law can actually move a client’s business forward and is not just a set of obstacles to navigate.
College Attended: York University
College Degree: Political Science, magna cum laude
Law School: University of British Columbia, Juris Doctor, Master of Arts,
Bar Membership: New York, 2003 California, 2005
Katya Aleksandra Mezek
Katya is an Of Counsel attorney with ILG. She has practiced law for over 9 years focusing on emerging growth companies, venture capital, mergers, and acquisition transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance; and general corporate legal matters.
Katya assists businesses with the initial formation phase, financing needs, various capital raise rounds, and ultimately with any mergers, acquisitions and other business reorganizations. She also works with foreign companies that are looking to expand their operations to the U.S. Utilizing ILG’s broad network of professionals in the accounting, banking and immigration fields, she can help ensure a smooth transition to an otherwise potentially daunting market.
Katya has worked with companies ranging from startups to multi-million dollar revenue companies in various industries including industrial product manufacturers, software companies, consumer goods manufacturers, as well as companies in the service industry.
In addition to being an attorney, Katya also holds a degree in Finance and is thus able to understand and appreciate the financial and business nuances of any transaction ensuring that these concerns are properly addressed in each transaction.
Prior to ILG, Katya worked as in-house counsel for Goodyear Tire Company in Slovenia where her legal team was responsible for the corporate needs of 15 Central and South Eastern European countries. In addition, she has worked for law firms in Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area. With this broad range of experience, Katya understands what her clients’ needs are and prides herself on ensuring that they receive the support and results that they expect.
College Attended: California State University, Long Beach
College Degree: BS in Finance, (2006), summa cum laude
Law School: University of California, Los Angeles (2009), Juris Doctor
Bar Membership: California, 2009
George S. Cole
Clients claim George is that rare breed of lawyer: an attorney who really makes business run smoothly. As patent counsel, George has demonstrated an ability to translate inventions to clearly described patent applications, and to work diligently and smoothly with the patent office to prosecute those applications.
As corporate counsel, George consistently identifies the most practical, effective, and succinct means for overcoming any contract issue or hurdle. His writing is always in plain English, and is always understandable. In those cases where the issues are complex, he works to efficiently unravel and resolve those issues and to make sure the issues are understood.
College Attended: Stanford University
Degree: B.A. International Relations, M.S. Computer Science
Law School: University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctor
Bar Membership: California 1981, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Reg. #40,563
Virender K. Goswami
Virender firmly believes in being readily accessible to clients, responsive to their needs, and getting their work done right the first time, every time.
College Attended: Delhi University
Degree: B.A. Economics
Law School: University of San Diego, Juris Doctor
Bar Membership: California 1987
During an evolution of interest towards business Jennifer co-founded a non-profit organization to help support young female athletes in their quest to compete on a national level. Stepping into the for profit world she served as Director of Development assisting franchise owners with business development. She has personally owned and operated a travel/education agency and is actively involved serving on the Board of Directors for 3 Bay Area non-profit educational organizations.
She claims her highest achievement has been as mother to three grown adult daughters and now enjoying her first grand daughter. Jennifer is applying her varied background assisting ILG attorneys as she continues to expand her own personal knowledge.
Jennifer is a native Californian having lived equally between Southern and Northern California.
College Attended: California State University Long Beach
Degree: B.A Liberal Studies
Advanced Credentials: Elementary and Secondary Education, Linguistics/Reading Specialist, Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner