Ellen McDonald

General Counsel at Shift5


Ellen McDonald is Shift5's General Counsel, responsible for Shift5’s legal operations, including commercial, compliance, corporate, and intellectual property. Ellen has decades of legal experience, including major law firms, large companies and small start-ups, in industries such as cybersecurity, media technology and enterprise software.

Prior to joining Shift5, Ellen was most recently the General Counsel at Tanium, where she helped scale the company to an over $9B market capitalization, building out the legal function in a period of significant international growth. Before that she was the Chief Legal Officer at MobiTV, an early provider of streaming media services, and worked at IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Ellen holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.



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