Our Team
Our team is split between our two offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Shanghai, enabling us to better provide legal services to clients of all time zones.
Our Team
Our team is split between our two offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Shanghai, enabling us to better provide legal services to clients of all time zones.
Greg Pilarowski, Founding Partner
Greg Pilarowski
Founder
Jack Chen, Sr. Associate
Jack Chen
Sr. Associate
Charles Yu, Associate
Charles Yu
Associate
Samuel Gintel, Associate
Samuel Gintel
Associate
Lu Yue, Associate
Lu Yue
Associate
Greg PilarowskiFounder
Greg Pilarowski
Greg established Pillar Legal in 2008 and currently splits his time between our San Francisco Bay Area office and our Shanghai office.

Greg has extensive experience structuring and negotiating domestic and cross-border transactions and representing interactive entertainment companies in a wide range of corporate transactional matters.

Greg has lived and worked in or with China since 1994, is a fluent Mandarin speaker and is adept at navigating China’s legal environment.

Representative matters at Pillar Legal include:
  • Representing leading international game companies in negotiating their online game license agreements for operations in China
  • Representing investors or early stage companies in venture capital financing transactions
  • Representing early stage companies in connection with financings and general corporate matters

Prior to founding the firm, Greg served as the general counsel for Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited, the leading online game company in China at the time. While general counsel, Greg managed all of the legal matters for the company, including:
  • US$169 million initial public offering
  • US$275 million convertible bond offering
  • US$106 million acquisition of controlling stake in Actoz Soft, a Kosdaq listed online game developer
  • US$230 million acquisition of a minority stake in Sina, China’s then largest internet portal
  • Successful defense of claims by the licensor of Shanda’s leading game, The Legend of Mir II
  • Negotiation of numerous game license agreements with companies based in China, Korea, Japan and the United States

Greg also practiced in the New York, Hong Kong and Beijing offices of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he represented either the underwriters or the issuer in securities offerings by Tom Online, Ping An Insurance, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Company, MTR Corporation, Cathy Financial Holding Company, the Republic of Columbia, the Republic of Argentina and the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Education
J.D., Harvard Law School

B.A. International Studies, Ohio State University

Bar Admissions
California and New York

Languages
English (Native),
Mandarin Chinese (Fluent)

Jack ChenSenior Associate
Jack Chen
Jack joined Pillar Legal in 2010 and is a senior associate based in our Shanghai office.

Jack represents and advises clients on various projects related to mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, intellectual property licensing transactions, foreign direct investment and other general corporate matters.

In addition, Jack has more than 25 years of experience playing video games.
Education
LL.M., University of Minnesota Law School

Juris Master, East China University of Political Science and Law (华东政法大学)

LL.B., East China University of Political Science and Law (华东政法大学)

Bar Admissions
New York

Bar Passage
New York and PRC National Bar Examination

Languages
Mandarin Chinese (Native),
English (Fluent)

Charles YuAssociate
Charles Yu
Charles joined Pillar Legal in 2012 and is an associate based in our Shanghai office.

Charles advises on mergers and acquisition deals, venture capital and corporate financings, debt financings, corporate recapitalization and reorganization matters and other general corporate governance matters. He also provides legal assistance in connection with various commercial contracts, including intellectual property and software licensing agreements, asset purchase agreements, sale and distribution agreements and outsourcing agreements.

Prior to joining the firm, Charles participated and led several legal research programs including:
  • a feasibility study regarding a new legal aid system for patent applications funded by the State Intellectual Property Office of the PRC; and
  • a study promoting patent industrialization funded by the Shanghai Intellectual Property Bureau.

Charles also translated the PRC’s Supreme People’s Court Annual Report on Intellectual Property Cases (2015) (最高人民法院知识产权案件年度报告), which was recently published in the Washington International Law Journal (Volume 26.1).
Education
Global Business LL.M., University of Washington School of Law

Intellectual Property LL.M., Tongji University (同济大学)

LL.B., Harbin University of Commerce (哈尔滨商业大学)

Bar Admissions
Awaiting admission in Washington State

Bar Passage
Washington State and PRC National Bar Examination

Languages
Mandarin Chinese (Native),
English (Fluent)

Samuel GintelAssociate
Sam Gintel
Sam joined Pillar Legal in 2015 and is an associate based in our San Francisco Bay Area office.

Sam advises clients in connection with a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and debt financings, intellectual property and software development and licensing agreements, and commercial contracts. Sam also assists with various general corporate matters.

Prior to law school, Sam lived and worked in western China for several years, and during law school, Sam studied abroad in China at Peking University Law School (北京大学法学院), Tsinghua University Law School (清华大学法学院) and Fudan University Law School (复旦大学法学院).

After law school and prior to joining Pillar Legal, Sam was a civil litigator practicing in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Publications
Article – Wisconsin International Law Journal
Fighting Transnational Bribery: China's Gradual Approach, 31 Wis. Int'l L.J. 1 (2013)
Education
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

B.S. Business Administration, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Bar Admissions
California

Languages
English (Native),
Mandarin Chinese (Limited Proficiency)

Lu YueAssociate
Lu Yue
Lu Yue joined Pillar Legal in 2016 and is an associate based in our Shanghai office.

Lu Yue provides legal assistance in connection with venture capital investments, intellectual property transactions, general corporate matters and China-related regulatory and compliance matters.

Publications
Article – Shanghai University of International Business and Economics Journal Standard of Review of Dispute Settlement Body of WTO on the Domestic Administration and Decisions, Volume 4, 2015, pp. 15-25.
Article – Present Day Law Science The Closest Connection Doctrine in the Application of Law for Foreign-related Civil Relations, Volume 11, 2015, pp. 105-111.
Lu Yue also participated in drafting Anti-Trust Law Application in China From a Comparative Perspective, a textbook that was published by Law Press in September 2015.
Education
Ph.D. Law, East China University of Political Science and Law (华东政法大学)

LL.B., Wuhan University (武汉大学)

B.A. Literature, Central China Normal University (华中师范大学)

Bar Passage
PRC National Bar Examination

Languages
Mandarin Chinese (Native),
English (Fluent)