Richard Graf Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Richard Graf

Richard Graf

Attorney at Law

Washington
District of Columbia
Licensed in
NY, DC
Boston College Law School
5.0 5
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About
As a solo for the past 10+ years I have represented primarily technology and other startups in a wide variety of industries in corporate formation, VC and angel funding and corporate finance matters, as well as M&A transactions and general corporate matters.

In my 20+ years in big law I worked on a variety of large scale M&A and corporate finance transactions, public and private securities offerings and general corporate and real estate transactions for a number of public and private companies and private equity and VC firms.

I am also co-founder and general counsel of a startup incubator and its subsidiary companies as well as
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34
Years
experience
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Representative Clients

Practice Areas

Client Reviews

5.0
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Rick has helped me with our current company (corp contracts), past companies and with personal docs (helped me navigate personal issues relating to an earnout & employment agreement with acquirer as they related to the SPA). He’s brilliant with startup strategy—he understands the entrepreneurial world and all its nuances."

Corporate formation and general corporate
Non-UpCounsel Client
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"Rick, honestly, is one of the best attorneys that I have ever worked with, and I have probably worked with 75-100 over the course of my career. Super intelligent. Rick is to the point, and highly responsive. He always provides smart counsel, and provides alternative solutions to a problem, when applicable. He has great, and easy going, interpersonal skills."

Corporate Formation and Multiple Financing Rounds
Non-UpCounsel Client

Work History

Graf Business Law

Owner

Nov 2007 - Present

Sole practitioner representing primarily technology and other startups in a wide variety of industries in corporate formation, VC and angel funding and other corporate finance matters, M&A transactions and general corporate matters.

Nov 2007 - Present

Katten Muchin

Partner

Aug 2002 - Mar 2007

Corporate Partner in the Washington, DC office of this Chicago-based law firm. Led numerous public and private domestic and international M&A transactions, public and private debt and equity offerings, including IPOs, and venture capital financings for both issuers and venture funds. Counseled clients on ’34 Act filings, corporate governance and Sarb-Ox compliance and general corporate matters

Aug 2002 - Mar 2007

Mintz Levin

Partner

Nov 1997 - Aug 2002

Partner and head of Business and Finance practice of the DC office of this Boston-based law firm. Led numerous public and private domestic and international M&A and outsourcing transactions for internet, biotech and other high-tech companies, public and private debt and equity offerings, and venture capital financings for both issuers and venture funds.

Nov 1997 - Aug 2002

SSE Capital, LLC

Co-Founder and General Counsel

Apr 1996 - Nov 1997

COO, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of hedge fund manager that was contemplated to operate several small-scale quant funds. Experience in operations, fundraising, fund formation and hedge fund regulation.

Apr 1996 - Nov 1997

Arnold & Porter

Partner

Sep 1986 - Apr 1996

Partner in Corporate and Real Estate groups of this DC-based law firm. Corporate experience included domestic and international M&A transactions, private equity transactions, securities offerings, bankruptcy related transactions and general corporate matters. Real estate experience in resort development, building and ground acquisitions, loans and loan workouts and restructurings.

Sep 1986 - Apr 1996

Breed, Abbott & Morgan

Associate

Sep 1984 - Sep 1986

Associate in Corporate group of this NYC based firm.

Sep 1984 - Sep 1986

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