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Megan L. Muir

Megan L. Muir

Practice areas:

Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Incorporation

About Me

Ms. Muir focuses on corporate finance and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, formation and general corporate advice, as well as licensing.  She is a partner in the Seattle office of DLA Piper and serves as the regional chair of DLA Piper's Corporate and Securities Group.  She works with companies from the start-up stage through public offerings and acquisitions.  Ms. Muir has worked on hundreds of venture capital financings; mergers and acquisitions on behalf of both sellers and buyers; numerous initial public offerings; and has helped a variety of clients with their corporate partnering and licensing needs.  She also counsels boards of directors regarding fiduciary duty issues and frequently speaks on emerging company and venture capital related topics.


I am an editor and write for a blog for startups and venture capitalists, as well as a quarterly publication, Emerging Company and Venture Capital News.


Recent Publication:


“Minimizing Risks of Misuse of Confidential Information," Global Corporate Venturing


Recent Speaking Engagements Include:


"Changes in Term Sheets and Deal Structures," 14th Annual Venture Capital Financing Conference, The Seminar Group



"What's New in the Wireless Startup World," 4th Annual New Wireless Ecosystem Conference, Law Seminars International
“How the JOBS Act Eases Access to Capital” webinar
“Legal Issues for Startups,” University of Washington Foster School of Business
“Term Sheets & Deal Structures”, 13th Annual Venture Capital Financing Conference
"Fiduciary Duties in Private Companies", Securities Law for Emerging Companies seminar

“Key Term Sheet Issues”, University of Washington Foster School of Business, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

“How You (as In-House Counsel) & Your Company Can Survive and Thrive During Times of Transition,” Association of Corporate Counsel
“Recent Changes in Term Sheets and Deal Structures”, 11th Annual Venture Capital Financing Conference

“Advising the Board: Your Responsibilities as In-House Counsel - Common Issues that Arise in Public and Private Companies,” Association of Corporate Counsel

“Working with and Advising High-Tech Companies,” Washington State Bar Association


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Venture Capital: 40%
    19 years, 200 cases
  2. Mergers & Acquisitions: 35%
    19 years
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 25%
    19 years

Attorney Endorsements

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  • Judith H. Ramseyer

    I have known Megan for many years as a fellow lawyer and community professional. She is smart, hard working, and level-headed. She also is funny, gracious, and reliable, making it a pleasure to work with her. I unequivocally endorse Megan.


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Contact Info

DLA Piper LLP (US)

701 5th Ave Ste 7000
Seattle, WA, 98104-7044



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyer 2013Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Top 50 Women Lawyers in WashingtonSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super Lawyer 2012Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Best Service Provider to Startups FinalistSeattle 2.0 Awards 20112011
Super Lawyer 2011Washington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super Lawyer 2010Washington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Rising Star 2007Washington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising Star 2004Washington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Thomas J. Watson FellowshipThomas J. Watson FoundationN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Partner and Regional Chair, Corporate & Securities GroupDLA Piper US LLP2008 - Present
SVP & General CounselRadioFrame Networks, Inc.2001 - 2008
AttorneyVenture Law Group1998 - 2001
AttorneyHeller Ehrman White & McAuliffe1997 - 1998
Judicial Law ClerkHon. Barbara J. Rothstein, Chief Judge, United States District Court1993 - 1996

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington Technology Industry AssociationCo-Chair TechNW Conference2010 - 2012
Washington Technology Industry AssociationCo-chair, Technology Trends Advisory Group2009 - 2010
MIT Enterprise Forum of WashingtonBoard Member2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
AWARE (Assoc. of Women Attorneys with Real Experience)President2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
King County Bar Assoc. Community Legal Services CommitteePast Co-ChairN/A
King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Community Involvement CommitteePast Secretary & Board MemberN/A

Publication NameTitleDate
TheVentureAlley, a blog for startups, VCs and entrepreneursEditor2013
Global Corporate VenturingMinimizing Risks of Misuse of Confidential Information2013
DLA Piper Client AlertSEC lifts general solicitation ban, proposes changes to Reg D, approves “bad actor” rules2013
Emerging Growth & Venture Capital News, a quarterly publicationEditor2013
Corporate Governance AlertNew Form D Rules Now in Effect; Mandatory Electronic Filing Coming Soon2008

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pitzer College (Claremont)AnthropologyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD, cum laudeN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
14th Annual Venture Capital Financing ConferenceVenture Capital Term Sheets & Deal Structures2013
Securities Law for Emerging CompaniesFiduciary Duties in Private Companies2012
JOBS Act WebinarHow the JOBS Act Eases Access to Capital2012
Business Plan CompetitionLegal Issues for Startups2012
4th Annual New Wireless Ecosystem ConferenceWhat's New in the Wireless Startup World2012
13th Annual Venture Capital Financing ConferenceTerm Sheets and Deal Structures2012
Center for Innovation and EntrepreneurshipKey Term Sheet Issues2011
Association of Corporate Counsel CLE - 11/16/2010How You (as GC) & Your Company Can Survive and Thrive During Times of Transition2010
11th Annual Venture Capital Financing SeminarTerm Sheets and Deal Structures – Changes You Need to Know2010
Association of Corporate Counsel - Fiduciary Duties of Board MembersAdvising the Board of Directors as In-House Counsel2009
Training Workshop/CLEDeal Teams: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly2008
Working with and Advising High-Tech CompaniesVenture Capital Funding2007
National Association of Corporate Counsel Annual ConferenceManaging Your Sales & Marketing Department2007