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passionate leadership meets

talent and experience

Team

We are entrepreneurs and attorneys who share a passion for helping creative people build new enterprises. Leveraging our experiences in top corporate law firms, technology startups, financial institutions, and government, we have a breadth of knowledge and understand the needs of the startup community.

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Nik Talreja
Eric Malis

NIK TALREJA PARTNER, CO-FOUNDER

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Nik has extensive experience solving legal and business problems for high-growth companies, ranging from founders with an idea to publicly-traded companies. He works closely with his clients as outside general counsel, advising on complex corporate and commercial matters, product development, and operational issues. Nik also works with investors and venture funds to structure investments and improve portfolio management.

Prior to co-founding Talis, Nik was an associate at two leading law firms, Cooley and Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Nik’s business experience involves co-founding a digital media company, working in investment banking, and serving as an operations and strategy advisor to the Boards of Directors of multiple emerging companies.

INTERESTS

In his free time, Nik enjoys film photography, biking, traveling, reading about new gadgets, and playing with his two dogs (one of whom inspired the Talis logo).

EDUCATION


UCLA School of Law, JD (2012)

University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, BS in Corporate Finance & Entrepreneurship (2007)

BAR ADMISSIONS

California

New York

ERIC MALIS PARTNER, CO-FOUNDER

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Eric works closely with his clients as a strategic adviser to identify and execute growth strategies, assess risks with a view toward scale, improve strategic communications, and create and deliver presentations to clients and investors. He advises his clients on corporate and governance matters, commercial and technology transactions, strategic partnerships, fundraising, and other critical issues companies face as they scale.

Prior to co-founding Talis, Eric was an associate at two major law firms, Cooley and Kirkland & Ellis. He also held several positions in government, the private sector, and nonprofit organizations, including working for the White House, U.S. Department of State, two federal judges, BootUp Ventures, LaFrance Corporation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Support Center for Child Advocates.

Eric leads workshops on startup and corporate innovation, redefining value proposition in different markets, innovation mindset, and fundraising strategies. He also teaches entrepreneurship at Menlo College and previously taught legal analysis and writing at the Santa Clara University School of Law. 

INTERESTS

Eric lives with his wife and two cats. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, painting, yoga, and exploring global cuisine. He also volunteers with local community development organizations and at-risk youth.


EDUCATION


The George Washington University Law School, Order of the Coif, JD (2010)
The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College, BA in Communication Arts and Sciences (2005)

BAR ADMISSIONS

California

District of Columbia