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
John Leary, Counsel
John Leary
Counsel
Jack Chen, Sr. Associate
Jack Chen
Sr. Associate
Charles Yu, Associate
Charles Yu
Associate
Lu Yue, Associate
Lu Yue
Associate
Case Collins, Associate
Case Collins
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)

John LearyCounsel
John Leary
John has over 25 years experience as a lawyer, primarily in the areas of mergers & acquisitions and cross-border transactions. John practiced as an attorney at White & Case LLP for over 20 years, most recently as managing partner of their Shanghai office.

Over the course of his career, John has led teams completing billions of dollars worth of M&A transactions, including:
  • a Chinese bank’s $10 billion bid for a German bank;
  • a European multinational in its $250 million investment into a Chinese steel company;
  • the largest-ever M&A transaction between China and India;
  • an Asian consumer products company in a $150 million competitive bid for a multinational’s US assets; and
  • a leading European ODM in its $200 million sale to a NASDAQ-listed US corporation.

John was ranked by Chambers PLC as one of the leading M&A attorneys for 6 years in a row.

While with White & Case LLP, John lived and practiced law in China, Vietnam, Thailand, the Czech Republic, and Mexico. He now lives in San Francisco, where he works with startup companies in various technology sectors and advises multinationals on cross-border finance and M&A transactions.

John holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he is also an adjunct professor teaching Contract Writing and Negotiation.
Education
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

B.A., Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Bar Admissions
California

Languages
English (Native)

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
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
Washington State

Bar Passage
PRC National Bar Examination

Languages
Mandarin Chinese (Native),
English (Fluent)

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)

Case CollinsAssociate
Case Collins
Case joined Pillar Legal in 2018 and is an associate based in our San Francisco Bay Area Office.

Case advises clients in connection with a wide range of general corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, licensing agreement and U.S. related regulatory and compliance matters. He principally focuses on work related to the U.S. side of transactions, but he is also adept at cross border transactions.

During law school, Case experienced the litigation side of the legal field while clerking which helps him anticipate potentially troublesome language or potentially litigious situations that can arise.

Outside of work, Case is an avid gamer and tech enthusiast who is always willing to talk about the latest gadget or video game.
Education
J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

B.A. Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley

Bar Admissions
California

Languages
English (Native)