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Forward Thinking Legal

A Law Firm for High Growth Companies

a note from our founder:

Gray Legal is born from serial founders who understand the pressures and anxiety that accompany a new venture.  As veteran bootstrappers, we know the special pain in your gut that gets delivered with a month’s bills.  But, when it comes to legal, we’re the rare breed that’s been on both sides of the attorney-client relationship. This makes us different.  


Big or small.  Funded or not.  Revenue positive or cash hemorrhaging.  We can help.  At Gray Legal, our primary focus is being with you for the long term.  What that means to us is that we have to give you the same exemplary service regardless of the stage of your business (or thickness of your wallet).  

 

From formation to exit.  From bad times to good.  From ramen to filet.  We’re with you.

 

Clients

These People

These Companies

"I think most people think it's a drag having attorneys...
If it wasn't you guys, it would
probably suck."

Stephanie Sheldon

Founder, Designer & Coach @ The Indie Foundry

Some of our awesome clients:

 

Services

From Beginning to Exit.

Team

 

Chris Beckman

Partner

 

Chris is the chief patent counsel at Gray Legal.  His practice centers around helping entrepreneurs obtain and protect their intellectual property.  He has represented a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits, including pro bono work for Friends of Karen, a non-profit supporting children with life-threatening illnesses.  Prior to joining Gray Legal, Chris spent several years at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, a leading boutique intellectual property firm in Manhattan, where he was a member of the litigation team that successfully defended the patent for the blockbuster blood pressure drug, Benicar, at trial and on appeal, protecting over $1 billion in annual revenue.

 

In addition to his legal practice, Chris has founded several start-up companies and is a successful inventor and intellectual property development consultant.  He holds over 30 U.S. patents as an inventor, several of which have been licensed to industry.  Chris also founded JudicialStats.com and ScoreIP, both intellectual property companies that help customers understand the risks and rewards of intellectual property with statistics and Big Data.  

 

Chris graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he made Law Review and the Moot Court Board.  After law school, Chris clerked for Justice Borden at the Supreme Court of the State of Connecticut.  He is licensed to practice in the state of New York.

Kat Bond

Counsel

 

Kat combines her passion for people, the arts, and law by representing fashion designers, filmmakers, and other creative entrepreneurs in general corporate and intellectual property matters, fashion law and entertainment law.  Before joining Gray Legal, Kat founded her own law firm, Kat Bond Law, to represent these creative professionals, served as General Counsel of a film technology start-up, and represented documentary filmmakers and content creators in a variety of legal matters, including financings, new media, copyright and trademark, rights and clearances, employment law, music licensing, production, rights acquisition and distribution.  She regularly teaches legal seminars to fashion designers at the DG Expo and Texworld, is a guest blogger for Makers Row, and is a fashion and tech entrepreneur herself. She is a designer who recently launched her own line of stylish women's clothing to wear after exercise, Kat Bond, and is the founder of the Fashion Law Studio, an online legal education platform.  Kat graduated from U.C. Hastings College of the Law and clerked at the U.S. District Court of California. She is licensed to practice in in the state of California

Kate Carney

Partner

 

Kate is a business-savvy attorney who takes a value-driven approach to problem-solving that is forward-looking and risk-conscious, but also solutions-oriented. She serves her by clients by understanding the key drivers of their business and the long-term vision, while proactively assessing execution and implementation risks and aligning legal advice with business objectives.  Kate has broad corporate experience, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate formation/founder equity structures, financing arrangements, securities law and disclosure issues, and strategic engagements. She is an expert in corporate governance best practices and has counseled CEOs, founders, corporate directors, and investors with respect to a range of board matters, crisis response and reputational risk, and stakeholder engagement.

 

Prior to joining Gray Legal, Kate was Of Counsel in the Corporate Department at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. She previously served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Relational Investors LLC, a $6 billion asset manager, where she worked closely with the CEO on fund strategy and execution, business development initiatives, and client relationships. She began her career as a Corporate Associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York.


She graduated summa cum laude from Brooklyn Law School and magna cum laude from Colby College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and French studies.  Kate is licensed to practice in New York and Connecticut.

Edwin Foster, Jr.

Counsel

 

Edwin is a business-minded transactional attorney that advises entities and individuals in the entertainment, media, sports, fashion, and technology industries.  Edwin has assisted clients in the negotiation of production, licensing, distribution, and executive employment agreements in film, television, music and various new media outlets.  He regularly serves as outside counsel to both established and emerging growth businesses advising on matters of corporate formation and governance; partnerships and sponsorships; and the structuring and negotiation of commercial and strategic transactions.

 

 

Prior to joining Gray Legal, Edwin served as Special Counsel to the Media, Entertainment & Sports Division in the Corporate Department of the national law firm Duane Morris LLP.  Edwin began his legal career in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, where he served as a Senior Associate and advised public and private companies, entertainment and sports agencies, funds and investors on matters of corporate governance, fund formation, securities laws, and on a wide variety of commercial and strategic transactions; including U.S. and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and spin-offs. 

 

Edwin received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a certificate of study in Business Economics and Public Policy from the Wharton School of Business. He is licensed to practice in New York and is a member of the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Len Gray

Managing Partner

 

Len is a serial entrepreneur, multiple startup founder and corporate law generalist. Len’s practice focuses on representing small, midsize and emerging growth companies from formation to exit and in the variety of day-to-day matters they will face in between. Len has extensive experience working on a diverse range of corporate and financial transactions, including venture investments, acquisitions and sales of publicly and privately held companies, strategic alliances, secured lending arrangements, securities law matters and corporate governance.

After graduating from law school, Len was a corporate associate in the New York City office of Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the world’s largest law firms.  

Len received his J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.S. in Business Administration (Finance concentration) from the University of Florida.  He is licensed to practice in New York.

Don Herbe

Partner

 

Don is a business-minded attorney with a passion for practical problem solving.  He serves his clients as an “outside in-house counsel” by learning the business, efficiently handling daily legal issues, proactively assessing risk, and integrating legal advice into better business processes.  Don has broad general corporate experience, including commercial contracts, corporate governance, legal operations, regulatory compliance, and labor and employment.

 

Prior to joining Gray Legal, Don was senior corporate counsel at Diebold Nixdorf, a publicly traded information technology company, where he helped build their global compliance program and learned firsthand how legal counsel converges with business strategy and operations.  Prior to that, Don was an associate at Squire Patton Boggs, where he litigated cases from Paris to Los Angeles to Youngstown, Ohio.

 

Don received his J.D. with honors from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is licensed to practice in Ohio.  After law school, he served a two-year clerkship in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.    Don resides in Hudson, Ohio with his wife and three children.

Todd Marcus

Partner

 

Todd has a broad general practice, working closely and collaboratively with small businesses, private equity groups, artists, composers, musicians, and other creative content producers.  Todd finds solutions for clients in structuring rights and in their business and creative dealings.  He drafts and negotiates agreements related to content production, artistic management, licensing of creative content, and independent contractor and employment related matters, and advises individuals and entities regarding their rights in potential and actual disputes.  Todd also regularly negotiates non-disclosure agreements in the M&A context for private equity groups.  After graduating  law school and before transitioning into his own practice, Todd was an associate at Latham & Watkins, where he represented financial institutions, private equity groups, and businesses in complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, and merger-based disputes.  In 2008 Todd won ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Copyright Competition for an article on copyright law in virtual worlds.  

 

Outside of the office, Todd serves on the board of directors for Music at the Anthology, Inc (MATA), a non-profit organization that presents concerts of new music by emerging composers.  On the side, Todd practices yoga, writes, bikes to the beach and makes strange music.

 

Todd is licensed to practice in New York State and in U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  

Erin Millender

Counsel

Erin has a multi-disciplinary background that allows her to tackle the varied legal and operational needs of growth stage companies. She has over twelve years' experience advising clients in connection with a wide range of legal issues arising in the life cycle of a business, including entity formation, financing transactions, restructuring, pre-litigation and discovery strategy, and defense of intellectual property.

 

A true champion of the underdog, Erin eagerly brings her top-tier training to bear on the problems, goals and visions of apprehensive and under-resourced clients. Prior to joining Gray, Erin practiced at several elite New York law firms, including Latham & Watkins LLP, where she represented financial institutions and corporate borrowers in complex syndicated debt financings. She also serves as pro bono counsel to a number of non-profit organizations, including A Social Ignition, an organization that teaches entrepreneurship skills to clients re-entering the workforce after incarceration.

 

Erin attended law school at Northwestern Pritzker University School of Law and is co-chair of the Northwestern Law Alumni Club of NYC. She is licensed to practice in New York State, and admitted to appear in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. 
 

Adam Rosen

Partner

 

Adam brings government, real estate and economic development experience to help businesses in every aspect of their formation and growth. Adam assists clients in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of a wide range of transactions, including the acquisition, leasing, financing, sale and disposition of commercial real estate developments.  Adam's experience across all levels of government aids clients in obtaining government approvals and financial incentives. 

 

Adam formerly practiced at a leading Midwest firm representing banks, insurance companies, savings and loans, and other financial institutions in the areas of commercial real estate lending, development, and tax credit financing. He has a Masters in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and is a licensed Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council. He is licensed to practice in Ohio. 

Giuseppe Scaravilli

Partner

 

Giuseppe has studied and worked in four European countries and the US. He brings his international experience to the Gray Legal bench. Giuseppe has a master’s degree in law at LUISS in Rome, Italy, and an LL.M. at Fordham, where he specialized in different branches of international law. His legal practice focuses on the multi-faceted business law challenges of a company, from inception to development and ultimate success. Giuseppe is fluent in Italian and Spanish, enjoys playing guitar and is a soccer addict. His approach to life (and the law) can be summarized in the following quote: “You get serious, you get stuck. Humor is the fastest way to reverse this process. As soon as you can laugh about something, you can change it.” (R. Bandler). By the way, Giuseppe is licensed to practice in New York.

Anthony Trzaska

Managing Partner - Cleveland

Anthony is a true "craft counselor" – an entrepreneurial-minded attorney with a passion for Cleveland and helping the burgeoning maker community reinventing it. Anthony advises individuals and their small businesses on matters ranging from entity formation to day-to-day business counseling (read: fire extinguishment) to real estate acquisition and management to estate planning and all points in between.

Anthony shares a unique perspective with his clients, as the founder of a startup business and real estate development company of his own.  Because of this, he understands what it means to “wear all of the hats” and the importance of finding creative, affordable legal solutions that benefit all stakeholders.

Prior to joining Gray Legal, Anthony worked with Dubyak Nelson LLC, spent two years with a large, regional law firm, and served as general counsel for his family’s business in Northeast Ohio. He is licensed to practice in the state of Ohio.

Zeke Vermillion

Partner Emeritus

 

Zeke joined our firm together with partner Giuseppe Scaravilli in 2017. Zeke recently retired from legal practice to focus on his entrepreneurial pursuits, including various software-related projects. He remains available for consultation should any of his former clients have queries about their files, but is not taking on new clients or matters.

Andrew Ritter

Partner

Andrew is a corporate attorney who advises public and private companies, investment firms, strategic investors and other parties in connection with domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs and other dispositions, joint ventures, complex formations, reorganizations, and general corporate matters. Before joining Gray Legal, Andrew founded his own transactional law firm called Ritter Law LLC which focused on transactions involving emerging and lower middle market companies. Prior to launching his own practice, Andrew spent several years in the corporate, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring practices of Latham & Watkins, LLP and White & Case LLP.

 

Andrew received his J.D. from Northwestern University, where he graduated in 2 years. He is licensed to practice in New York and Florida. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Andrew served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, deploying to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Of Counsel

Gili Gibli

Immigration / Israeli Practice

Gili’s practice focuses primarily on immigration, startup and intellectual property law. She represents entrepreneurs, investors, startups, early stage companies and established businesses in a variety of industries, including advertising, social media, technology, food and beverage, mobile, entertainment, SaaS and more.  Gili’s interest in immigration law stems from her personal experience as an immigrant from Israel.  She understands the challenges first-hand and therefore, shares a common passion for bringing comfort and peace of mind to each of her clients.  Gili is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), New York City Bar Association (NYCBA) and the Israeli Bar Association.  Gili is licensed to practice in New York and Israel.

Jordan Greenberger

Intellectual Property / Litigation

 

Jordan represents clients in copyright, trademark, litigation, and transactional matters.  Individuals and businesses from various industries - including consumer products, digital media, entertainment, film & photography, food & beverage, fashion, publishing, music, retail, technology, and theater - have trusted Jordan to protect their interests and guide them through the legal process. Prior to founding his own practice, Jordan was a member of the Intellectual Property and Litigation departments at a highly regarded New York City law firm, and earlier he worked in the Business & Legal Affairs department of a major record label.  Jordan has compiled a music litigation blog since 2007, has published articles concerning intellectual property law and ethics, and is an experienced arbitrator.  In 2015 and 2016, he was selected as a "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers.  Jordan is admitted to practice before the State Courts of New York, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Jeff Jones

Venture Financing / General Corporate / M&A

 

Jeff brings corporate and transactional business and legal experience to assist entrepreneur clients in building, managing and exploiting their technology assets, including those protected by patents and trademarks.  Jeff works with companies to plan for public and private financings, licensing and technology transactions and mergers and acquisitions. He has been integral in helping growth companies position for various stages of financings, strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Before entering private practice, Jeff served as the General Counsel of SDG, Inc., was a partner at one of the midwest’s largest law firms and, prior to that, worked for two of California’s AmLaw 200 law firms, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Heller Ehrman.  Jeff was also an adjunct faculty member at  both Case Western Reserve University's Law and Business Schools, where he taught courses on venture law and on biotechnology law & policy.  He is licensed to practice in California and Ohio.

Jeong Lee-Nago

Patent Law / Intellectual Property

 

Jeong has over 12 years of experience, specializing in intellectual property law, concentrating on patent prosecution, drafting and negotiating agreements, counseling, global patent strategy, and opinion work. Jeong routinely prepares a multitude of patent applications, license agreements, research agreements, non-disclosure agreements, clearance opinions, patentability opinions, and has expertly counseled numerous clients regarding global patent strategy.  Jeong received her law degree from Columbia Law School and her B.S. from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  She is fluent in English, Korean and Japanese.  Jeong is is licensed to practice in New York and before the USPTO.

Lou Licata

General Corporate / Employment / Asia Practice

 

Lou focuses his practice on serving as the Chief Legal Advisor to CEOs and business owners around the world. He has provided analysis and experience with complex issues, including global strategy, new market entry, strategic vision, corporate governance, risk management, crises management and day-to-day problem solving.  Lou has been recognized by Ohio Lawyer Magazine as a “Super Lawyer” and  in Crain's Cleveland Business’ "Who's Who in Technology.”  He started one of the first internet law practices in the country, and was early in implementing innovative firm management measures, including a paperless office initiative in 1998.  Lou has  served on the Global Board of Directors for the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), a dynamic global network of more than 9,000 business owners in 45 countries committed to business success and an enriched personal life.   Lou is licensed to practice in Ohio.

Rita Lin

Patent Law / Intellectual Property

 

Rita is an intellectual property law specialist with significant experience counseling clients on trademark, copyright and patent matters. A significant portion of her practice is focused on representing startups and emerging growth companies, both domestic and international, in developing and implementing forward-thinking trademark and patent strategies that would complement and empower her clients’ growth. Rita routinely counsels clients on patent prosecution, patent portfolio development and management, technology licensing, product development and clearance. She also frequently assists entrepreneurs, startups and established companies with complex and wide-ranging trademark and copyright matters, and has represented clients litigating in various U.S. Federal Courts, as well as before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Rita is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.  She is licensed to practice in New York and before the USPTO.

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A law firm for start-ups that feels 

more like a start-up than a law firm​.

We are always open to adding talented, interesting and well-rounded legal professionals to our team. We're committed to diversity and collegiality for our firm.  We're committed to career development and personal fulfillment for you.

For information regarding specific opportunities, please email your resume along with a note about yourself to join@gray.legal.

Gray Legal considers for employment and hires qualified candidates without regard to age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, and as such affirms in policy and practice to support and promote the concept of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

 

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