Jo Ann Jorge Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Jo Ann Jorge

Jo Ann Jorge

Attorney at Law

Ashland
Licensed in
MA
Suffolk University Law
School
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About
Jo Ann graduated from Suffolk University Law School and Amherst College with a bachelor's degree in economics. Her practice focuses primarily on business and employment matters working with early-stage, closely held, small and mid-sized companies. She has substantial experience negotiating, drafting and advising on a wide variety of commercial agreements and transactions including licensing, mergers, private equity financing, acquisitions, and strategic arrangements.

Her experience includes 5 years at a top law firm in the corporate finance group, 2 years on the consulting side, 8 years in-house to a venture-backed start-up and 10 years in
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"Jo Ann was great to work with! I am grateful for her counsel and guidance while reviewing an operating agreement for a startup. Jo Ann went beyond by adding suggested changes to the operating agreement. Thank you! "

Review Operating Agreement
Posted on Aug 4, 2017
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"Jo Ann was EXCELLENT! I am a stickler for details and Jo Ann's work was extremely thorough and solid. Her experience as a corporate attorney was evident and invaluable as she clearly explained the risk's and rewards of my particular scenario. She also proved herself able to understand the challenges facing a small business and me, as the business owner. I rarely give unqualified endorsements, but am thrilled to be able to do so for Jo Ann. "

Outside General Counsel Services
Posted on May 3, 2017
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"Easy to work with"

Draft Employment Agreement
Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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"Jo Ann rocks! She was so generous with her time throughout the process of drafting employee documents for my startup. I'll definitely work with her again!"

Draft Employment Agreement and Restricted Stock Purchase Plan
Posted on Apr 17, 2017
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"Jo Ann went above and beyond. I had a bunch of questions about joining a startup and they weren't all law related. Jo Ann worked to make sure I understood everything that I was doing and advised me clearly and concisely."

Review Benefits & Compensation Offer
Posted on Jan 30, 2017
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"I was particularly impressed by Jo Ann's ability to work with a very difficult buyer. Jo Ann helped us convert interest from a prospective buyer into an acquisition providing us owners a successful exit. The work-product and attention to detail was like something I would get from a large firm but at a much lower price. Jo Ann and Gleason & Gleason would be an asset to any team. Owner, pre-revenue medical device company"

Acquisition
Posted on Jan 11, 2017

Work History

Gleason & Gleason

Partner

Jan 2004 - Present

 Partner of a law practice focused on providing business and employment law advice and counsel to corporations and individuals on matters including contracts, technology-related issues and licensing, corporate governance concerns, equity transactions and structuring, corporate and employment disputes and compliance.

Jan 2004 - Present

Biofertec Ltd.

Vice President

Sep 1996 - Dec 2003

In-house counsel to a venture-backed pre-revenue medical device company. Identified and negotiated terms of venture capital investment to sustain programs and operations of the company. Identified, presented, and closed on prospective and critical vendor relationships and strategic partnerships and provided business-related counsel, decision-making, and problem solving.

Sep 1996 - Dec 2003

State Street Business Group

Consultant

Jan 1995 - Sep 1996

Initiated contact to identify and qualify potential partners for client companies and negotiated terms of strategic partnerships to accelerate growth of the core business of start-up technology and medical device companies. Evaluated, managed, and negotiated terms of vendor relationships and monitored the fulfillment of contractual obligations.

Jan 1995 - Sep 1996

Pepe & Hazard (now McElroy Deutsch)

Associate

Sep 1990 - Dec 1994

Handled technology transfers, licensing, mergers and acquisitions of all sizes from inception through closing of transaction, including due diligence and the drafting and negotiations of the terms of licensing agreements, asset purchase and stock purchase agreements. Worked on private equity transactions including mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs.

Sep 1990 - Dec 1994

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