Ulmer & Berne Launches Formal Venture Capital Law Practice Group to Provide Comprehensive Advice to Entrepreneurs, Startups and Venture Capital Funds

Cincinnati, Ohio — News Direct — Ulmer & Berne LLP

Ulmer & Berne LLP today announced a significant step forward in its continued support of entrepreneurs, startups and venture capital funds with the official launch of the firm’s Risk Law Practice Group. This decision enables the firm to provide comprehensive and transparent legal advice to emerging companies, investors and venture capital funds, following the rapid expansion of its team of venture capital lawyers.

Led by Ulmer Partners Vance V. VanDrake III and Zachary D. Bahorik, Ulmer has uniquely fused corporate law and intellectual property law by hiring and training attorneys who are dedicated to the corporate space. Building on these core disciplines, the team also has deep experience in risk taxation, company selection, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, data privacy, software transactions, patents, trademarks, copyrights and litigation.

“I’ve worked in venture capital for over a decade, but largely with a particular focus on the intellectual property needs of start-up companies,” said Vance VanDrake, co-head of the Venture Law group. “With the strategic addition of Zach Bahorik, Brett Renzenbrink and a number of associates on the corporate and tax side, we were able to grow the team around our combined capabilities. We are proud to have built a strong and experienced team of lawyers who inherently understand the needs of early-stage companies, investors and funds because we have gone where our clients are.

Ulmer’s Risk Law Practice Group is comprised of attorneys who understand the unique complexities of the risk law space, as many are themselves current and former angel investors, private equity fund managers, risk and founders of startups. With deep industry knowledge, the group understands clients’ business needs and helps them identify and prioritize areas where legal adds value to the business rather than simply increasing monthly utilization.

Ulmer represents both portfolio companies and investors at all stages of the company’s journey. Ulmer’s Venture Law Practice Group attorneys have worked with more than 1,000 startups across a wide range of industries. They’ve helped create over $1 billion in value for entrepreneurs by solidifying their intellectual property portfolios, served as advisors to venture capital funds and investor groups that have raised and deployed over 300 million dollars in investment capital, and have raised money from companies that have raised more than $500. million in investment capital.

Ulmer’s Corporate Law Practice Group was launched in Cincinnati, Ohio to provide comprehensive and transparent legal advice to emerging companies, investors and venture capital funds.

About Ulmer

Ulmer & Berne, founded in 1908, is focused on exceeding client expectations and providing superior, personalized legal solutions for exceptional value. From offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, Columbus, New York, Washington, D.C., and Boca Raton, Ulmer attorneys handle complex, cutting-edge cases nationwide in all practice areas, while maintaining the work ethic, rates and user-friendly attitudes reflecting the company’s Midwestern origins. Ulmer emphasizes world-class service and sophisticated industry expertise with flexible billing terms. For more information, visit ulmer.com

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Jon J. Epps