Antone Johnson

Attorney and Consultant in San Francisco, California

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Founded Bottom Line Law Group, a new breed of law firm "for the rest of us" optimized to provide business-critical services to early stage startups, entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies. Our mission is to deliver exceptional value as outside general counsel or deal counsel in a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, from routine formation and compliance issues to bet-the-company strategic transactions and liquidity events.

Matters we commonly handle include technology and content licensing; new venture formation and equity issuance; angel investment and VC financing; founder and executive employment agreements; stock option and employee equity compensation arrangements; “acqui-hire” and other small acquisitions; and the full range of deals and contracts common to IP-intensive innovators in consumer Internet, mobile, fintech, SaaS, VR/AR, web3/crypto and other emerging technologies.

Having served as the first VP of Legal Affairs at eHarmony (the General Counsel role) and original Director of Legal Affairs at MySpace, Antone offers unparalleled breadth and depth of hands-on experience in legal, privacy/data protection, strategic and risk/abuse issues inherent in social media, social apps and services, user-generated content (UGC), digital media, and location-based services since the mid-2000s.

Antone is a prolific commentator, published or quoted in media ranging from Adweek to WSJ, Forbes, LA Times, TechCrunch and VentureBeat. An honored "Top Writer" at Quora, he has been an invited speaker or moderator at events organized by Stanford and USC law schools, the State Bar of California, Association of Corporate Counsel, Beverly Hills Bar Association and Social Media Club, among others. A native of Menlo Park and Palo Alto, CA, he fiddled with 8-bit computers and delivered newspapers on Steve Jobs' block as a kid.

  • Work
    • Bottom Line Law Group
  • Education
    • J.D., Columbia Law School
    • B.A., Williams College