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John M. Shields

VP Legal Affairs, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Shields joined Prolacta as Vice President Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2015 after representing Prolacta as outside counsel since 2006. Mr. Shields oversees all legal matters for the company, both in the U.S. and internationally, including commercial and financing transactions, corporate and regulatory compliance, securities law, employment practices, board and stockholder matters, business development and litigation.


In the fifteen years prior to joining Prolacta, Mr. Shields’ counseled a variety of companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, IT and heavy manufacturing industries. His career in private practice focused on public and private securities offerings, corporate governance, M&A and strategic commercial transactions, first at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley and later as a corporate partner with Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth in Orange County, California.


Mr. Shields received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy at Stanford University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, where he was Articles Editor for the Law Review and a Dillard Fellow and supported the University’s patent portfolio development working for the UVA Patent Foundation. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Shields was an analyst with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in Washington, DC working for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Joint Staff on international security and defense policy issues