Stephen helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their companies, from planning at the earliest stages to funding to growth and scale-up. He provides practical advice along every step of the way, counseling clients on key transactional and business matters including entity formation, corporate governance, private equity and venture capital investments, contracts and agreements, brand protection, acquisitions and divestures, employment issues including immigration, and when needed, dispute resolution.
Patrick focuses his practice on litigation and pre-litigation dispute resolution for businesses of all sizes.
Carrie guides employers at all stages of their lifecycles through the development, implementation, and management of compensation and benefits strategies. She focuses her practice exclusively on employee benefits and executive compensation law (and the enmeshed labor and tax considerations). Carrie is a trusted advisor to clients, helping them ensure they adopt the right plans for their workforce as well as their shareholders and members.
Trey is an entrepreneur and attorney who assists founders and their start-up companies with all aspects of funding, formation, and exit, including business structuring and governance, compliance, transactions, and contracts related to employment, financing, leasing, and other needs. He also advises venture capitalists and other investors on fundraising, due diligence, customer acquisition, and strategic partnerships.
DC is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. In addition to providing general corporate representation to emerging growth companies, his practice focuses on working with companies and investment funds during all stages of their lifecycle, including structuring and negotiating mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions, formation of special purpose vehicles, and recapitalizations and reorganizations.
Justin helps clients secure protection for their intellectual property assets, and then works to enforce and defend those rights.
Kieran assists entrepreneurs with the full range of foundational business issues including funding, formation, governance, regulatory compliance, contracts, hiring, and more. He advises businesses across all industries, including high tech and fintech-driven companies.
Ashley focuses her practice in employment law. She helps start-ups lay the foundation of their corporate culture by drafting human resources policies and procedures that fit the size and personality of the company. She works closely with growing executive teams to build recruitment strategies and offer proactive HR training and education. For clients without in-house HR departments, Ashley can step in to fill the void and assist with day-to-day matters as well as issues like internal complaints and investigations. She also conducts HR due diligence for sales and acquisitions, from both the buyer and seller side.
Dan solves legal and business problems for Venture Best clients throughout their lifecycles, from helping entrepreneurs refine early-but-visionary ideas into fundable business plans to executing successful exit transactions.
Nic is a former venture-backed entrepreneur, with a deep understanding of both the business and legal aspects of forming, growing, and exiting a business.
Brad’s clients include innovative start-ups and high-growth companies, and the venture funds and angels who invest in them.
Paul is a past chair of Venture Best as well as a serial venture capital-backed entrepreneur and institutional venture capital investor.
A co-founder of Venture Best®, Greg represents emerging, growth-stage, and venture-backed companies and investors in corporate structuring, financing, and exit strategies.
Galen represents companies, founders, management, and investors in entrepreneurial endeavors – many of which involve building enterprises that have never before been built. He works with clients across the country, involved in all manner of go-to-market strategies – B2B, B2C, marketplace, SaaS, manufacturing, and distribution – and across numerous industries. From the start of each engagement, Galen’s focus is on protecting and building an enterprise for a successful exit.
Clients count on Bethany’s seasoned advice on a full spectrum of employment matters.
Venture Best clients look to Vince for creative solutions and practical strategies to help their businesses succeed.
For more than 30 years, Rick has served as counsel and trusted advisor to hundreds of innovators, executives, investors, and their businesses, helping them launch, grow, and transition their companies. During his career he has worked as an attorney in private practice and in-house, and has served as a corporate officer for multiple entities, including a role at Union Pacific’s technology incubator.
Clients have described Lyndon as “a businessman who is also a lawyer.” For 37 years, he has served small and large businesses, personally handling many business issues and then selecting and quarterbacking a team that handles all other issues that businesses face.
An entrepreneur at heart and in trade, Shawn works with start-ups, privately held businesses, business owners, investors, and investment funds, focusing on business planning, forming, funding, and mergers and acquisitions.
Start-ups and established businesses alike turn to Erika for sound advice on a variety of corporate law matters, tapping into her experience in areas such as securities, capital markets, financing, real estate, and international issues.
Melissa fearlessly works with entrepreneurs across the country.
Betsy is a go-to resource for broker-dealer services, securities law, and regulatory compliance.
Kaitlyn represents startups in corporate and transactional matters including entity formation, governance, funding, contracts, and general business issues.
Arimi works with both start-up companies and investors in the U.S. and Japan, helping them navigate legal issues and pursue business opportunities in new markets. She leverages her strong network of contacts to help Venture Best clients grow their companies around the world.
Keith provides founders and their startup companies with practical legal and business advice on a variety of transactional matters including formation, funding, and exit, including drafting and reviewing contracts, technology assignments, employment agreements, founder purchase agreements, real estate transactions, and other issues.
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Back to the Future: Work-From-Home Edition
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Managing Financing Risk: Tools of the Trade
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Thanks, but No Thanks
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Ehrhardt quoted in "Legal Tech's Predictions for the CCPA in 2020"
The Serial Entrepreneur Advantage
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Guide to Patents: What To Know About the U.S. Patent System (Part 1)
IPOs and Direct Listings: The Same, Only Different
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