Carmelo Chimera

Carmelo Chimera

Attorney at Law

Chicago
Illinois
Licensed in
IL
The University of Chicago

"Very clear in explaining the docs. Very personable and knowledgeable!"

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About
8 years ago, I graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, and since then I've practiced at some of the world's largest law firms. I've also been a business owner for over 10 years, so I understand what drives value in your business.

I seek to establish long-term relationships with clients to be your trusted source for your legal matters.

My practice areas and focus
•Corporate formation & governance
•Contract negotiation & drafting
•Mergers & acquisitions
•Financings, including debt, equity, & mixed
•Copyrights & trademarks
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"I've worked with Carmelo for a couple months forming a company and I've validated his advice with other attorneys and professionals. He's on point and provides a great value. He puts in 100% effort when he is on the clock and I wouldn't change a thing."

Business Formation Consultation
Posted on May 19, 2022
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"Great support, put our mind at ease before signing a lease for our business. Quick work and made it clear."

Review Commercial Lease
Posted on Mar 2, 2022
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"Very clear in explaining the docs. Very personable and knowledgeable!"

Assist with Equity Compensation
Posted on Feb 23, 2022
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"Carmelo was so kind and knowledgeable I was surprised he used this platform and wasn't running a massive firm! Not only did he give me great advice for free but he also accomplished my specific request without upselling me. And because of that I 100% trust him with future work. Thank you Carmelo!"

Draft Buyout Agreement
Posted on Feb 16, 2022
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"Carmelo provided a no-nonsense service, without having to overcomplicate things, and was very clear, candid, and thorough in explaining the entire process."

Draft Buyout Agreement
Posted on Feb 14, 2022
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"Carmelo was wonderful to work with from the initial consultation call through the end of the project. He answered all my questions and completed all deliverables on time."

Assist with Other Business Formation Matter
Posted on Dec 27, 2021

Work History

Law Office Of Carmelo G. Chimera

Attorney At Law

Jul 2014 - Present

•Negotiate and draft contracts, including software as a service (SaaS) agreements, master service agreements, labor agreements, and intellectual property agreements
•Advise small business and startup clients on corporate formation and governance including drafting formation and governing documents
•Structure equity, debt, and convertible debt financings and equity incentive offerings

Jul 2014 - Present

Chimera's Comics

Founder & President

Feb 2011 - Present

•Created business including entity formation, negotiating contracts, and regulatory compliance
•Responsible for branding and image development, including significant experience with marketing, advertising, and public relations
•Oversee community outreach, including charitable participation, strategic partnerships, cross-promotions, and brand awareness with appearances on major news networks an

Feb 2011 - Present

McGuireWoods

Staff Attorney/Contract Attorney

Feb 2017 - Aug 2021

• Manage deals from negotiation and LOIs to post-closing
• Clients include institutional investors, private investment funds (including SBIC and RBIC funds), banking institutions, and private corporations
• Significant experience providing related to:
- corporate governance
- mergers & acquisitions
- corporate & fund formation
- debt finance
- labor & employment
- non-competition

Feb 2017 - Aug 2021

Bastille Legal Group

Senior Counsel

Nov 2019 - Oct 2020

Advise clients with respect to corporate formation and governance, contract negotiation and drafting, financings including debt and equity financing, intellectual property matters and securities compliance

Nov 2019 - Oct 2020

Ungaretti & Harris

Associate Attorney

Jun 2012 - Jun 2014

•Researched and drafted memorandums and motions on breach of contract, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, evidence, and civil procedure
•Personally negotiated the successful settlement of over $30,000 worth of fines
•Conducted extensive internal risk management investigation

Jun 2012 - Jun 2014

Office of the Illinois Attorney General

Legal Clerk

Jan 2011 - May 2012

•Researched and drafted memoranda on criminal issues, including evidence, silent witness theory, and involuntary civil commitment
•Assisted in the preparation for trial of spree killer, including collecting evidence, re-searching trial issues, and preparing demonstrative evidence

Jan 2011 - May 2012

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