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Eric Malis

Eric Malis

Attorney and Business Advisor for Startups

San Carlos
California
Licensed in
CA, DC
George Washington University Law
School
5.0 5
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
About
Eric advises emerging companies on legal and strategic matters by helping founders fine tune their business models and corporate structures, evaluate partnership opportunities, negotiate and execute agreements, and position companies for growth. He is an ideal advisor for innovative startups.

Prior to co-founding Talis Partners, Eric was an associate at two major law firms, Cooley and Kirkland & Ellis. He also held several positions in government, the private sector and nonprofit organizations, including working for the White House, State Department, two federal judges, LaFrance Corporation, the Center for Strategic and International
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6
Years
experience
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Client Reviews

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

"Eric is much more than a traditional lawyer. He approaches problems from an entrepreneurial and business perspective. He helped us balance the needs of our business, our desire to move quickly and make sure we did the right thing (both legally and ethically). Eric helped us formalize my company's corporate structure, which laid the foundation for growth. He was immensely helpful in identifying weaknesses in our approach and provided invaluable guidance about how to shape the company in a way that allowed us to grow into a more sophisticated enterprise. He took the time to truly understand what we wanted to accomplish and explained legal concepts and different options in simple, practical terms. I would recommend Eric to any startup or growing company that is looking for legal guidance and business perspective."

Company formation and strategic guidance
Posted on Apr 13, 2018
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"As executive director of Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, a Washington D.C. organization, I and our board had the privilege of working with Eric. He played a vital role in the start-up and was instrumental in the early stage development of the company, including creating a strategic long term plan and advising on best practices."

Forming and advising a new organization
Posted on Apr 12, 2018

Work History

Talis Partners, LLP

Partner and Co-Founder

Mar 2018 - Present

Advise emerging companies on legal and strategic matters by helping founders fine tune their business models and corporate structures, evaluate partnership opportunities, negotiate and execute agreements, and position companies for growth.

Mar 2018 - Present

Leviathan Foods LLC

VP of Business Development, Strategy and Corporate Communications

Jul 2017 - Present

Develop and execute business development, marketing and growth strategies for the Radicle Snacks brand (an early-stage startup producing nutrient-dense, functional food). Coordinate with fellow co-founders on all aspects of the business, including branding, design, production, partnerships, finance and legal.

Jul 2017 - Present

Cooley LLP

Emerging Companies Associate

Mar 2016 - Aug 2017

Served as outside general counsel to emerging growth companies in technology, life sciences, financial services and social entrepreneurship. Advised companies and investors on corporate governance, capital raising, commercial contracts, intellectual property matters, employment matters and M&A. Coordinated with cross-functional teams to negotiate and draft agreements with strategic partners.

Mar 2016 - Aug 2017

Kirkland & Ellis

Corporate Associate

Feb 2012 - Jan 2016

Advised public and private companies in connection with M&A, private equity sponsorships, public and private offerings, SEC filings and corporate governance matters. Drafted and negotiated agreements in connection with major transactions and commercial partnerships. Advised pro bono clients in the formation of tax-exempt entities, cross-border transactions and governance matters.

Feb 2012 - Jan 2016

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Judicial Clerk, Chambers of the Honorable Harold Baer, Jr.

Jan 2011 - Jan 2012

Researched and drafted memoranda, opinions and orders resolving issues of contract and commercial law, corporations, securities regulation, constitutional law, intellectual property law, antitrust law, discrimination law, class action lawsuits and civil and criminal procedure. Oversaw case management process and coordinated many of the day-to-day operations of the judge's chambers.

Jan 2011 - Jan 2012

The White House

Intern, Executive Office of the President (President Obama)

Jan 2010 - May 2010

Supported personnel in the White House Office of Public Engagement working to facilitate a dialogue between the Administration and the American public on issues relating to energy, the environment, technology, innovation, healthcare, European affairs and sports. Researched and drafted memoranda to brief the President and Senior Staff.

Jan 2010 - May 2010

Linklaters LLP

Summer Associate

May 2009 - Aug 2009

Researched and drafted legal documents in connection with corporate and project finance matters.

May 2009 - Aug 2009

United States Department of State

Extern, Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for International Claims and Investment Disputes

Jan 2009 - Apr 2009

Supported efforts of the legal team in connection with international arbitration involving the United States.

Jan 2009 - Apr 2009

United States Court of Federal Claims

Judicial Intern, Chambers of the Honorable Marian Blank Horn

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Researched and drafted memoranda on issues relating to contract and partnership disputes, commercial litigation and tax law. Assisted with judicial conferences, hearings and oral arguments.

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Intern, Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy

Jun 2007 - Aug 2007

Coordinated and co-instructed the Center’s first debate clinic, teaching research methods and debate skills to approx. 30 colleagues. Conducted a workshop about decision-making strategies in business and public policy.

Jun 2007 - Aug 2007

LaFrance Corporation

Account Manager

Oct 2005 - May 2007

Managed more than 300 sales accounts and advised clients on business development and marketing strategies. Conducted on- and off-site research and analyzed customer profiles, business models and industry trends. Trained junior staff in project management, sales, product design and technical systems.

Oct 2005 - May 2007

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