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Eric A Koester

About Eric Koester

About me

Welcome to my Avvo page. For more information about me or my practice, or to find helpful questions and answers to legal and business issues for startups, please visit my blog at If you have questions, feel free to email me at any time. Best, Eric


If you are looking for additional information on various legal and business issues facing startups, check out my blog.  Or order a copy of my book "What Every Engineer Should Know about Starting a High Tech Business Venture." 

About My High Tech Startup blog (

These writings are meant to provide some information (and occasionally an insight or two) to individuals involved in the entrepreneurial world. Entrepreneurs, investors, techies, inventors, lawyers, accountants, futurists, bankers, candlestick makers, lovers, fighters, Olympians and anyone else who stumbles across this page wondering where to find Seattle on a map may find this useful. The blog will cover topics ranging from legal issues faced by startups to trends in venture capital to a sense of the Seattle entrepreneurial community to my own personal interests in technologies or life. If there is something that you’d like to see or a question you’d like me to try and answer, just let me know. I’ll do my best.

You’ll see some great cartoon images here on the site.  Thanks to Kansas City artist Travis Fox who drew the images you see here and provided the images in the book.

What Every Engineer Should Know About Starting a High Tech Business Venture

That’s the title of a book I’ve written (yes, it is a bit long, but it is part of a series… so think “Starting a High Tech Business Venture” for short. This website also contains previews of chapters of the book, documents you can download that are referenced in the book, and information I would have liked to cover, but there just wasn’t enough room. I may be biased, but I think the book is a good resource and hopefully, in conjunction with this website, becomes an even better one.

The formal bio

Eric A. Koester is an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP (prior to Cooley, with Heller Ehrman LLP’s Venture Law Group) and has a practice focused on emerging technology companies, venture capital firms and investment banks, with particular emphases on venture capital and bank financings, corporate partnerships, commercial agreements, intellectual property licensing, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Eric is a graduate of the business school at Marquette University and a graduate of The George Washington University School of Law. Eric is also a certified public accountant.

Prior to joining Heller Ehrman, Eric held financial and accounting-related positions at Morgan Stanley and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. While attending law school, Eric held positions in the Enforcement Division of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) (formerly NASD, Inc.) assisting with ongoing securities industry enforcement proceedings, as a Summer Associate at the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., and in the legal department of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) focusing on issues of antitrust in the healthcare contracting industry.

Eric is married to Allison Koester, a PhD candidate in Accountancy at the University of Washington. They have two pugs, Bailey and Riley. Eric loves to travel and his lifelong goal is to make it to all 100 of the Hillman Wonders of the World. So far, 38 down… lots to go.

For more about me, you can also visit my LinkedIn page here.

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