Robert R. Tufts | Partner

Robert R. Tufts has handled about 177 seed rounds, 61 series A rounds, 56 series B rounds, and taken 9 companies up to an IPO.

He has an extensive and renowned corporate, securities and tax practice, focused on startups and emerging growth companies. Bob is also a certified corporate taxation specialist, which is important as tax optimization is essential in structuring an entity and its transactions.

Bob also represents institutional angels, venture capital firms, and funds. He works in a wide range of industries, including software, biotech, pharma, and health sector entities.

Bob is also a legal author of several books and publications, including contribution and editing of the CEB book, Drafting Agreements for the Sale of California Businesses (First, Second and Third Editions).
Full Corporate Life Cycle
For his clients, Bob handles:
  • formation;
  • taxation;
  • stock plans and issuances (including ESOPs);
  • financings from seed, angels, venture funds and up to IPO;
  • governance;
  • securities law compliance; and
  • sales, mergers and acquisitions.
Strategic Advisor
Bob is also a strategic advisor for his clients. He is the current or prior director and/or officer of numerous corporations, including:
  • Adia Services, Inc.
  • American Microsystems, Inc.
  • Autodesk, Inc.
  • Cardinal Sound Labs, Inc.
  • Holex Incorporated
  • IntelliGeneScan, Inc.
  • Materials Analysis, Inc.
  • NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • OSI Security Devices, Inc.
  • Pacific Genuity, Inc.
  • Pacific Measurements, Inc
  • Planet Biotechnology, Inc.
  • PLC Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Prometrix Corporation
  • Sensys Instruments Corporation
  • Tamal Energy, Inc.
  • Z-Plane, Inc.
Nonprofit Leader
Bob has supported and assisted numerous nonprofits, including:
  • San Francisco Symphony (Governor, Executive Committee Member and Secretary);
  • Olympic Club (Vice President, Board of Directors and Member and/or Chair of Nominating, Country Club, Legal and Tournament Committees);
  • San Francisco Art Institute (Board of Trustees);
  • Port of San Francisco Waterfront Plan Citizens Advisory Committee (Chair);
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (Chair);
  • Seaport Planning Advisory Committee (Chair);
  • Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association (President and Executive Committee).


J.D., Harvard Law School.
B.A., New York University.
  • Phi Beta Kappa.

Prior Experience

  • Tufts, Stephenson & Kasper, LLP
  • Jackson, Tufts, Cole & Black LLP

Professional Qualification

Certified Tax Specialist (Corporate Taxation), State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Contact me:
Cuyler & Tufts LLP
1119 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94109

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