Posted by Kyle
Blake Ilstrup is an outstanding attorney. He has reviewed contracts for me, and I have consulted with him on real estate issues pertaining to mortgages and short sales. Blake is extremely careful and detailed. He has a deep knowledge of the law and is able to research quickly to answer obscure questions. He is extremely calm and reassuring in his manner, and I trust his judgment completely. I recommend him in the highest possible way.
Posted by a Employment client
Blake helped me navigate and negotiate a job change in a highly competitive field. His answers to my questions and his guidance were critical to me understanding my rights, my responsibilities, and how to negotiate appropriately. A small amount of Blake's time went a long way in helping guide me through the transition and negotiations, and he was available and able to act quickly when needed. I highly recommend Blake.
Posted by a Corporate client
Blake Ilstrup has been our outside counsel for four years. He has walked us through the growing pains of a start up technology company, from incorporation to Series A and Series B investment rounds to difficult issues concerning founders. He consistently provides careful, thoughtful advice and uses a team approach to help us come up with the best solution. He has a confident ease about him, and that parlays into a sense of ease and confidence for the client. He is our go-to guy for complex corporate issues, and is committed to staying ahead of problems or issues through a proactive approach. I personally have worked with 100's of lawyers over my litigation career, and Blake Ilstrup is among the very top tier of professionals.
Posted by Larry
I worked with Blake on two personal deals and will do so for all of my future needs. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Aaron R
Blake is one of the best securities attorneys I have had the chance to work with. He is always looking out for the best interest of the company and treats his clients companies like they are his own.
Posted by Tera
Blake has been my corporate attorney for one biotech C-corp (iGenix Inc.) and now a consulting LLC I've started. We had a very hard time finding a reasonable and attentive corporate attorney for our small biotech company in the beginning but were lucky to have a recommendation for Blake that we followed up. We could not have landed in better hands.
Blake had a great deal of patience and an amazing ability to explain options, outcomes and legal implications for various complex decisions we made. I felt completely supported and comfortable with his approach and advice. When he did not have subject matter expertise for an issue (such as professional liability insurance claims) he provided excellent referrals and helped us access other specialties as we required. He also counselled us through the closure of the company, allowing us to do a challenging thing as gracefully as possible.
I think Blake has a fantastic capacity and enthusiasm for start-up companies, and I have often recommended him to other entrepreneurs. I've also continued to retain him for my biotech consulting LLC and feel fortunate to be a client.
Posted by Steve
Blake's honest, pragmatic and thoughtful approach has helped me enormously over the years. He has the mindset of an entrepreneur coupled with the skill set of a senior executive partner at a major law firm. I highly recommend Blake and will continue to solicit his advice for all of my companies and endeavors!
Posted by Paul
I started with Blake when he was with Cooley and followed him into private practice. He has always done a great job. A board member asked that we move to Perkins Coie, which we did for a short time. We're now back with Blake because he is more responsive, more thorough, and less expensive (a great combination).
I would strongly recommend Blake.
Posted by Ron
Blake has helped my small company work through some very complex issues of governance and contracting. I rely on his good humor, balanced perspective, and business acumen as much as I do his legal skills.
Posted by a Venture Capital client
Blake adds tremendous value as legal counsel by balancing cost, timeliness and mitigation of risk and advising accordingly. I am now a client of Blake's, and give him my highest recommendation.