Attorney, Member of the Firm
Kim has practiced law for over thirty years, during the last twenty of which Kim has maintained a transactional practice focused on the Internet, technology and digital media space, including cross-device commerce, advertising and content distribution. Kim’s practice is NYC-based but her clients are located throughout the U.S. and include or have included Simpli.fi, The Trade Desk, Madison Logic, Mental Floss, Scroll and WorkRails. Kim’s areas of practice include AdTech, FinTech, SaaS technology, software licensing, content creation, distribution and licensing, ecommerce, advertising and marketing. A former litigator, Kim also advises on pre-litigation contract disputes.
In addition to providing excellent legal work, Kim adds value by offering insightful business advice and an objective sounding board for her clients' business ideas and strategies. Some recommendations on LinkedIn from former clients sum up what Kim brings to the table:
“Kim is one of the most dedicated and thoughtful attorneys with whom I have ever worked. She was simultaneously able to look at a deal both as an attorney and as a businessperson. As a result, she was always able to help me see a deal in a new light. She managed the details masterfully, but just as readily could cut to the issues that really mattered. Regardless of the scope or scale of the transaction I can't imagine a better partner than Kim Ornelas.”
“If I could pick any attorney to work with on a digital media marketing, content or technology deals, Kim would be my first choice. I've had the pleasure of working with Kim on a few projects, including a complex strategic deal between two multibillion dollar companies covering: advertising sales, content exclusivity, ecommerce, surcharged service revenue share, divestiture, investment, etc. Despite the many moving pieces, protracted negotiations, and seemingly intractable business issues, Kim remained focused on moving the deal forward to resolution.
Her top-notch legal skills, innate grasp of key business issues, and ability to integrate these two skills set Kim apart. Kim understands how various deal levers impact overall value exchange, and is not afraid to question a deal when she feels it is imbalanced. I hope I have the opportunity to work with Kim in the future.”
Kim practiced law in-house for 13 years with AOL Inc. where she led the legal team for the programming and ecommerce business units as well as the rights and clearances team. In that capacity, she coordinated all legal issues for these business units, including transactional support, and, working with other subject matter experts, advising on intellectual property and employment issues. While at AOL, Kim spearheaded various initiatives designed to maximize the delivery of legal services in a more cost-efficient manner, such as implementation of a contract generation tool and a process to rationalize deal value against limited legal and business development resources. In addition, she personally negotiated and closed numerous strategic deals that were cornerstones of AOL’s channel offerings (e.g., transactions with Electronic Arts, Travelocity, Match.com and virtually all professional sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA and MLBAM), as well as various advertising and marketing deals. Prior to AOL, Kim practiced law for thirteen years with several top tier law firms in San Diego, California and Moscow Russia, in both the litigation and corporate groups.
After leaving AOL and moving to NYC from Maryland, Kim opened Ornelas Legal PLLC servicing venture-backed start-ups in various stages of development. Kim joined Outside GC in 2012.
Kim graduated from Harvard Law School in 1982, Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MBA in 1979 and cum laude from Yale University with an undergraduate business major in 1977. Kim is admitted to practice law in Washington, DC (1996), California (1982) and New York (2010).
Kim is married with two children, two shih tzus and two grandchildren, all of whom she loves dearly.