also known as Ben Straughan
Ben is a partner in the firm's Emerging Companies practice. He assists high-growth technology, venture-backed and emerging and early-stage companies in industries that include health care, software, alternative energy, consulting companies, media outlets and wine. Ben advises companies in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and other finance transactions, contracts and corporate and limited liability company formation and structuring.
Ben is a regular speaker on mergers and acquisitions, emerging companies and early-stage financings. He is vice-chair of the board of the Northwest Entrepreneur Networks (NWEN), a co-chair of NWEN's 2006 "Entrepreneur University" Steering Committee and also on the board of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) Seattle. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Business Law Committee and the WSBA Partnerships and LLC Law Sub-Committee and chair of the WSBA Business Law Section 2009 Mid-year meeting. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C. Prior to law school, Ben obtained his CPA license while working as a staff accountant at Martin/Grambush in Kirkland. Ben graduated from Georgetown University Law Center magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, and obtained his undergraduate degree in accounting at the University of Washington.
Licensed since 1990
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Associate||Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom||1990 - 1992|
|Staff Accountant||Martin/Grambush||1985 - 1986|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section||Chair||2008 - Present|
|Northwest Entrepreneur Network||Chair||2008 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section||Secretary||2007 - 2008|
|Washington State Bar Association Business Law Committee||Member||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association Partnerships and LLC Law Sub-Committee||Member||N/A|
|Georgetown University Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|University of Washington||Accounting||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|WSBA Business Law Section Mid-year Meeting||Panel - "Market Trends"||2007|
|University of Washington Business School - Technology Management M.B.A. Program||Bootstrapping for Early Stage Companies||2007|
|TiE Seattle Angel Investment Charter||Angel Investment||2007|
|The IndUS Entreprenuers (TiE) Seattle||Starting a Business||2007|
|Guest Lecturer||Legal Essentials of Starting a Business||2007|
|Essentials for Entrepreneurs - Essentials of Bootstrapping Workshop||Dollars & Dillution: Financial & Legal Aspects of Bootstrapping||2007|
|Essentials for Entrepreneurs - Essentials of Angel Financing for Early Stage Companies||Angel Financing Legal Issues/Terms||2007|