Randy Berholtz, MBA, JD, M.Litt

Of Counsel

Randy Berholtz




Randy specializes in providing corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, public and private financing, venture capital, corporate governance, commercial, licensing, commercial agreements, employment and real estate advice to life science, healthcare, alternative health and exercise companies and venture capital, angel groups and private equity firms in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.

He is a 24-year lawyer and has spent 10 years as a lawyer with large law firms in New York (Cravath LLP) and San Diego (Cooley LLP and Heller LLP). He has also been for 14 years the General Counsel and Secretary to four life life science companies in San Diego, three public companies: (1) Nanogen, Inc., a genomic tools company, (2) Apricus Biosciences, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, (3) Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an over-the-counter pharmaceutical company, and (4) one group of private US and Chinese companies, the ACON Group, consisting of a number of diagnostics, medical device, reagent, clinical reference laboratories and pharmaceutical companies.

Having served as Chief Compliance Officer as well as on the corporate governance side, Randy has handled SEC, FDA and Department of Justice Investigations as well as IRS and CA State tax investigations.

He has been a recipient of the In-House Counsel of the Year Award for two years put forth by the San Diego Business Journal and was named In-House Counsel of the Year for the Legal Profession by the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law for 14 years where he has taught an IP Honors Seminar, Biotechnology Law, a Technology Law Externship, Contracts Drafting and taught Comparative Biotechnology Law: US and China at the Zhejian University, Guangha College of Law in Hangzhou, China. He has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law where has has taught as part of an In-House Counsel course for 3 years. Randy previously was a Lecturer at the Rady School of Business at the University of California, San Diego where he has taught business law and international trade law. He has also taught at the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences at the Claremont Colleges where he taught Business Law, Intellectual Property, Licensing and Patent Litigation and served as an advisor for team masters project on infant health formula for Abbott Nutrition.

Randy has a BA in political economy (summa cum laude) from Cornell University, an M.Litt. in Politics and Regulation from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, a JD from the Yale Law School where he was a Senior Editor of The Yale Law Journal and an MBA from the University of San Diego (2016 expected).

He previously served as a judicial clerk to Judge Jerry E. Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston, Texas. He also served previously as a legislative intern to U.S. Representative Frank Harrison (PA) in Washington, D.C., as an intern with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., as an executive intern to the Pennsylvania Department of the Treasury in Harrisburg, PA, and as a commercial intern with the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce’s Overseas Industrial Office in London, England.

He is a prior member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, President of the San Diego Chapter of Republican National Lawyers Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of the Federalist Society. He has also been a member of the San Diego County Republican Central Committee.


  • Cornell University, BA, Political Economy (1984)
  • University of Oxford, M.Litt, Politics (1987)
  • Yale Law School, Juris Doctorate (1990)
  • University of San Diego – Knauss School of Business, MBA (2015)

Bar Admission(s)

  • California (1997)
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