Antone Johnson

Attorney in Berkeley, California

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Founded Bottom Line Law Group, a nimble and efficient law firm optimized to provide business-critical outside General Counsel services to startups, angel investors and growth companies on a fractional, interim or project basis. Our mission is to deliver exceptional value in a wide range of transactional and product legal matters, from routine contracts and compliance issues to strategic transactions and major online service or application launches.

Matters we commonly handle include technology transactions; content licensing and distribution agreements, website and app terms, privacy policies and compliance counseling (e.g. CCPA/CPRA, and GDPR); co-founder and executive employment/consulting agreements; and the full range of deals and commercial contracts common to IP-intensive innovators in consumer Internet, digital media, adtech, mobile apps, AI/ML, fintech, SaaS, VR gaming, 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, IP infringement, compliance, business risk and Trust & Safety issues unique to social platforms and other user-generated content (UGC) services.

Antone is a prolific commentator on tech business law and public policy issues, published in WSJ, TechCrunch, Forbes, Investor's Business Daily and others; profiled in the National Law Journal; and quoted in media ranging from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal to ABA Journal, Adweek, Corporate Counsel, ReadWrite, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and ZDNet. 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