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Blake Adam Ilstrup

Blake Adam Ilstrup

also known as Blake A. Ilstrup

Practice areas:

Securities Offerings, Venture Capital, Corporate & Incorporation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property

About Me

Highly experienced and versatile general corporate/securities attorney and business advisor, including significant experience as General Counsel to both a highly-successful software and a life sciences company.


I currently serve as General Counsel and SVP Corporate Affairs for Kineta, where I oversee all legal and corporate matters for a fast-growing drug development company.

Admitted to practice in CA and WA. Named Rising Star by Washington Law & Politics magazine every year since 2003. Leadership Tomorrow - Class of 2007. Board of Directors - The Attic Learning Community. Named to Best Lawyers in America multiple times.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Securities Offerings: 30%
    2 years
  2. Mergers & Acquisitions: 20%
    2 years
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
    2 years
  4. Venture Capital: 20%
    2 years
  5. Intellectual Property: 10%
    2 years

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Eric A Koester

    Blake is an excellent attorney. He understands the needs of clients having been a GC of a technology company, and thinks creatively about problem solving.


    Eric Koester Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John Cairne Morrow

    I have worked extensively with Blake both while he was at Qpass and at Heller/VLG. Simply put, Blake is top flight. He is an excellent advisor in strategic matters and in all of the day to day issues needed to be a great legal advisor who keeps the ultimate goals of any deal or matter as his first priority. He is also very adept at building the strong relationships that are getting any deal done, particularly through the rough points in any deal. Blake proved particularly adept at bridging gaps in understanding and style in a large number of international transactions, where cultural differences could have proved to be the undoing of many deals. I would highly recommend Blake as either general counsel or outside counsel for a company.


    John Morrow Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono Achievement AwardCooley LLP2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Honoree - Venture Capital LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
Pro Bono Achievement AwardCooley LLP2010
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
The Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Pro Bono Achievement AwardCooley Godward Kronish LLP2009
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Pro Bono Challenge AwardHeller Ehrman LLP2007
Inductee and GraduateLeadership Tomorrow2007
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor SocietyPhi Delta Phi1998

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
General Counsel and Senior VP Corporate DevelopmentKineta, Inc.2011 - Present
AttorneyCooley LLP2008 - 2011
Vice President and General CounselQpass Inc.2005 - 2006
AttorneyHeller Ehrman Venture Law Group1999 - 2008
Surface Warfare Officer / Combat Information Center OfficerUnited States Navy1993 - 1997


Association NamePosition NameDuration
KITE SolutionsBoard of Advisors2012 - Present
Beep MobileBoard Member2011 - 2012
The Attic Learning CommunityBoard President2009 - Present
Washington Technology Industry AssociationSteering Committee2007 - 2011
Board of Trustees - Seattle Children's TheaterTrustee2007 - 2007
Leadership TomorrowGraduate 20072006 - 2007
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Sale of Qpass to AmdocsSuccessful closing
Sale of A Place for Mom to Warburg PincusSuccessful closing
Sale of IronPort to CiscoSuccessful closing

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Publication NameTitleDate
The ColumbianPatent protection vital to state, patients2015
Business Essentials: Strategies, Structures and SolutionsOff to a Clean Start: Positioning Your Start-Up Clients for Success2007


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Surface Warfare Officers' SchoolNaval ScienceMilitary Certification1994
Stanford UniversityInternational RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
GrowthWorks Leadership RetreatGetting it Closed: M&A Dealmaking2009
Business EssentialsPositioning Start-Up Clients for Success2007