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Practice areas


  1. Mergers & Acquisitions: 30%
    19 years, 50 cases
  2. Securities Offerings: 24%
    19 years, 30 cases
  3. Venture Capital: 23%
    19 years, 50 cases
  4. Licensing: 23%
    19 years, 200 cases

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  • Blake Adam Ilstrup

    I worked closely with John both when we were colleagues at Heller/VLG, and as his client when I was GC of Qpass, and I can unequivocally say that John is - hands down - the best corporate/securities lawyer I've ever worked with. His breadth of knowledge and experience, coupled with his practical and engaging style, make him an invaluable resource to his clients. Any organization would be lucky to have him - whether in a legal or business role, or a combination thereof. He is a rock star.


    Blake Ilstrup Securities Offerings Attorney
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Bellevue, WA


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Washington's Super LawyersN/A2004
Washington's Rising StarsN/A2004
Washington's Rising StarsN/A2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
EVP, Corporate Development, General Counsel and SecretaryApptio2014 - Present
SVP, Corporate Development, General Counsel and SecretaryVertafore2006 - 2014
Shareholder/PartnerHeller Ehrman LLP2005 - 2006
AssociateHeller Ehrman LLP2003 - 2005
Senior Attorney/AttorneyVenture Law Group2000 - 2003
AssociateBaker & Hostetler LLP1996 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
ID Federation, Inc.Board of Directors2011 - 2013
Washington Technology Industry AssociationLegislative Affairs Group2009 - 2013
Association of Corporate CounselN/A2006 - Present
Washington BarN/A2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1996 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
American Corporate Counsel (ACC) DocketRecruiting, Retaining and Developing Top In-House Talent2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
DePauw UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
THE CLOUD AND BIG DATA 2015Marketplace Trends for Buying and Selling Cloud Services: Moving to the Cloud2015
Growth and Exit Strategies for Software & IT CompaniesWhat do Buyers Want?2013
7th Annual Northwest Private Equity ConferenceKeynote Presentation2010
Association of Corporate Counsel 2008 Annual MeetingGood to Excellent: Managing and Maintaining a Successful Law Department2008
Working with and Advising High-Tech CompaniesMergers & Acquisitions2007
Business Essentials, Contracts & Negotiations–Mergers & AcquisitionsMergers & Acquisitions2006
Venture Capital Financing–Term Sheets and Deal StructuresVenture Capital2005
The Indispensable Guide to Private and Public Offerings–Overview of 1933 Act Reform Rules and IPO IssuesSecurities2005
Getting Ready for Real Time DisclosureSecurities2005
Exchange Act ReportingSecurities2005
Anti-Takeover StrategiesMergers & Acquisitions2005