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Laura Blakely joined GCA Law Partners LLP in August, 2009. She is a transactional attorney in the Commercial Law practice group. Her practice emphasizes structuring, drafting and negotiating all aspects of secured lending transactions for both institutions and private entities that lend to corporate sector clients. She also handles loan matters on behalf of borrowers.

Ms. Blakely joined GCA from Square 1 Bank where she was a founder and served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President for four years. Prior to Square 1, she worked as Special Counsel with Cooley Godward. Before that, she was Associate General Counsel with Comerica Bank as lead counsel for its Technology and Life Sciences lending unit, and prior to its acquisition by Comerica, served as lead counsel for Imperial Bank’s Emerging Growth Division.

Licensed to practice in California, Ms. Blakely received her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 1987, and graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Yale University in 1982. A Leadership Mountain View graduate, she is an active volunteer in local public school affairs, was elected in 2016 to the local K-8 school board, and has served as an executive officer and board member of both the Mountain View Educational Foundation and the Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation and chaired school parcel tax campaigns.