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Ben is a partner in the firm's Emerging Companies practice. He assists high-growth technology, venture-backed and emerging and early-stage companies in industries that include health care, software, alternative energy, consulting companies, media outlets and wine. Ben advises companies in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and other finance transactions, contracts and corporate and limited liability company formation and structuring.

Ben is a regular speaker on mergers and acquisitions, emerging companies and early-stage financings. He is vice-chair of the board of the Northwest Entrepreneur Networks (NWEN), a co-chair of NWEN's 2006 "Entrepreneur University" Steering Committee and also on the board of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) Seattle. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Business Law Committee and the WSBA Partnerships and LLC Law Sub-Committee and chair of the WSBA Business Law Section 2009 Mid-year meeting. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C. Prior to law school, Ben obtained his CPA license while working as a staff accountant at Martin/Grambush in Kirkland. Ben graduated from Georgetown University Law Center magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, and obtained his undergraduate degree in accounting at the University of Washington.


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  1. M & A: 25%
  2. Corporate: 25%
  3. Contracts: 25%
  4. Business: 15%
  5. Venture Capital: 10%

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Perkins Coie LLP

1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4800
Seattle, WA, 98101

1440 New York Avenue Nw
Washington, DC, 20005



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateSkadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom1990 - 1992
Staff AccountantMartin/Grambush1985 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Business Law SectionChair2008 - Present
Northwest Entrepreneur NetworkChair2008 - Present
Washington State Bar Association Business Law CommitteeMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association Partnerships and LLC Law Sub-CommitteeMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Business Law SectionSecretary2007 - 2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of WashingtonAccountingBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSBA Business Law Section Mid-year MeetingPanel - "Market Trends"2007
University of Washington Business School - Technology Management M.B.A. ProgramBootstrapping for Early Stage Companies2007
TiE Seattle Angel Investment CharterAngel Investment2007
The IndUS Entreprenuers (TiE) SeattleStarting a Business2007
Guest LecturerLegal Essentials of Starting a Business2007
Essentials for Entrepreneurs - Essentials of Bootstrapping WorkshopDollars & Dillution: Financial & Legal Aspects of Bootstrapping2007
Essentials for Entrepreneurs - Essentials of Angel Financing for Early Stage CompaniesAngel Financing Legal Issues/Terms2007