About Roger

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  • Lawyer
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  • Philanthropist
  • Educator

Roger Royse is the founder and owner of the Royse Law Firm (www.rroyselaw.com), a midsize firm that helps build great companies. The Royse Law Firm has offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Southern California, and maintains India and China desks (Bangalore, Beijing and Shanghai). Practicing law since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area and New York City law firms. He is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.


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


– Chair of the Taxation Committee of the ABA Business Law Section;

– Chair of the Tax Policy and Simplification Committee of the ABA Tax Section;

– Vice Chair of the Committee on Tax Practice Management of the ABA Tax Section;

– Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel;

– California State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates;

– California Co-Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation;

– Vice Chair of the Agricultural Law Committee of the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division;

– Past Chair of the Tax Policy, Practice and Legislation of the State Bar of California Taxation Section; and

– Past President of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association.


Roger formed one the first law firm sponsored legal incubators, the RoyseLaw Legal Incubator, to provide mentorship and training to new lawyers who will provide pro bono and low bono legal services to underserved Legal markets.

Roger Royse is a frequent speaker, panelist, moderator, and radio guest for countless tech events, bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups.


Representative Speaking Engagements


– Tax Reform – Are We Done Yet? California Tax Policy Conference November 2017
– Tax Reform in 2017: A Boon or a Bane? Knowledge Group Webcast September 2017
– The State Bar of California Sections Convention, Tax Reform August 2017
– Practicing Law Institute, Agtech Law, March 2017
– Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), March 2017
– Legal Marketing Association, March 2017
– InBia Entrepreneurs Conference, March 2017
– Licensing Executives Society, December 2016
– Financial Planning Forum, December 2016
– California Farm Labor Contractors Association, November 2016
– San Diego Young Tax Lawyers, September 2016
– International Technology Law Association, May 2016
– American Bar Association Section of Business Law, April 2016
– American Bar Association Section of Taxation, January 2016
– ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, August 2011
– Financial Executives Institute – November 2015
– Federalist Society: Silicon Valley Chapter, November 2015
– Association for Corporate Growth, August 2015
– American Agricultural Law Association, June 2015
– TEI-SJSU Tax Policy Conference, May 2015
– San Francisco Tax Club, March 2015
– Stanford law School CodeX, March, 2015
– Carmel International Film Festival, October 2014
– TECH Law Conference, February 2014
– 2013 Mellem Business Symposium, October 2013
– Strafford Legal Webinars, August 2013
– CalCPA Asia Business Forum, June 2013
– State Bar of California, Tax Section, November 2012
– Santa Clara County Bar Association, September 2012
– MobileMonday Silicon Valley/ Monthly Meeting of the Mobile Industry, July 2012
– Vator Events: Venture Shift, July 2012
– Bar Association of San Francisco, Business Section, June 2012
– The U.S. Commercial Service of the American Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 2012
– The U.S. Commercial Service of the American Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 2012
– The U.S. Commercial Service of the American Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, March 2012
– State Bar of California, Tax Section, March 2012
– California CPA, July 2011
– Los Angeles Young Tax Lawyers, February 2011
– San Francisco Young Tax Lawyers


Roger has also been interviewed and quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Tax Notes, Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, The Recorder, 7X7, Fox Business News and Fast Company.

Roger Royse is the author of the recently published Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup. This book takes you through the legal mistakes that start-up companies and their lawyers make on their way to success and how to avoid making those mistakes. Some of those mistakes can be rectified, but many will result in your start-up company being Dead on Arrival when it looks for financing or acquisition opportunities. Knowing what those mistakes are and how to avoid them is essential to starting and building a successful company.


He also frequently writes articles and guides for the Royse Law Firm


Additional Publications


– Contributor to “Employers and the Law: 2013-14 Anthology of Best Articles” (August 2014).

– “The valley needs tax reform” San Jose Business Journal (April 2013).

– “Buying and Selling a Business, Practical Tax Consequences” California Business Law Practitioner (December 2011).

– “Tax Issues In Connection With Partnership Equity Compensation, Options And Restricted Interests,” California CPA OnLine, March 2002.

– “Intercompany Agreements,” Transfer Pricing Handbook 1999 Edition.

– “Inverworld and Taisei Clarify Effectively Connected Income Guidelines for Foreign Companies with U.S. Affiliates,” High Tech Industry, July/August 1997.

– “RRA ’93 Limits Application of Portfolio Interest Exemption,” 79 Journal of Taxation 360 (December 1993).

– Co-Author, “Effectively Connected Income in a Global Economy,” 6 Tax Notes Int’l 925 (1993).

– Co-Author, “A Critical Look at the Earnings Stripping Regulations,” 18 Int’l Tax Journal 51 (Summer 1992).

– Co-Author, “Recent Developments in U.S. Information and Recordkeeping: The Compliance Net Tightens on Foreign Corporations,” 17 Int’l Tax. Journal 16 (Fall 1991).

Roger Royse is the founder of the Royse Foundation and the philanthropic organization Team Motion to Dismiss Cancer which conducts 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 currently a member of the Menlo Park General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC), which has been formed to study the update to the general plan for a substantial part of the community (including the premises on which Facebook resides), and is a board member of Asian, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to assisting minority owned businesses and disadvantaged individuals. Roger is also on the Finance and Audit Committee for the City of Menlo Park, CA.

Roger Royse is a vice chair of the Lincoln Club of Northern California, a participating instructor of corporate law for the Center for International Legal Studies (Salzburg Austria) and is an adjunct Professor of Taxation (Corporate Tax, Property Transactions and International Taxation) for Golden Gate University School of Law. Roger will also teach Basics of BlockChain for Stanford Continuing Education during the Fall of 2018.


Roger formed one the first law firm sponsored legal incubators, the RoyseLaw Legal Incubator, to provide mentorship and training to new lawyers who will provide pro bono and low bono legal services to underserved Legal markets.  Roger is also the organizer of Silicon Valley AgTech and Silicon Valley AgTech Conference and runs the AgTech Innovation Network, and early stage incubator and network for tech companies in the agriculture and food markets, and is nationally recognized authority on Agtech legal issues, having recently testified to a subcommittee of the Agriculture Committee of the US House of Representatives.


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