|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|CALI Excellence for the Future Award||Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction||2004|
|Principal and Co-Founder||Beacon Law Advisors, PLLC||2003 - Present|
|Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer||Sproqit Technologies, Inc.||2000 - 2003|
|Senior Attorney||Venture Law Group||1998 - 2000|
|Associate||Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich||1993 - 1998|
|University of Washington School of Law||Intellectual Property||LL.M - Master of Laws||2011|
|University of Washington School of Law||Taxation||LL.M - Master of Laws||2005|
|Boston Coll Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Boston University Graduate School of Management||Finance||MBA||1993|
|Univ of New Hampshire||Classics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|13th Annual Venture Capital Financing CLE||Structuring Your Company To Be "Venture Ready"||2012|
|StartUp Day 2010: The Conference for Pre-Entrepreneurs||Financing Your Start-Up with Convertible Debt: Pros and Cons||2010|
|Venture Capital Financing: Founders' Issues||Founders' Issues||2008|
|PWC CPE Training||Mergers and Acquisitions: Risk Allocation Mechanics||2005|
|Angel Financing||Angel Financing||2005|
|Essentials of Business Plans||Essentials of Buiness Plans||2003|
Posted by Chris
Chris has been our attorney since we launched our company 4 years ago. During this time he helped us with our formation docs, a Friends & Family convertible note fundraising, our Series A and B fundraisings, a bridge financing, a couple acquisitions we have considered, employee docs, options docs, and numerous other corporate legal matters.
I highly recommend Chris for any start-up looking for an attorney.
Chris is very knowledgeable with all matters related to starting a company, fundraising, and M&A. He communicates well and is responsive even during times when he is slammed by requests from his many clients. The wisdom and advice that he's provided to us during pivotal decisions (such as raising money) has been fantastic. In addition, he is a deft negotiator. Perhaps his greatest contribution to our company thus far has been the advice he's given us during our fundraising negotiations--negotiations which can make or break a startup and have a big impact on your equity ownership as a startup founder. He even stepped in to lead the negotiations during portions of both our Series A and Series B financings.
Posted by John
Our startup was recently acquired by a Fortune 500 company and a great deal of our success was thanks to Chris Hurley.
Chris worked with us for three years starting shortly after the company was founded, and as a result was present during many of the phases of a growing startup. His experience was invaluable in a wide range of business issues - advice on contracts, decisions on corporate structure, negotiating with partners, fund-raising initiatives, and the nuts and bolts of running a company. He always exceeded our expectations.
I've worked with many attorneys who had to be schooled on software issues, but not Chris. He understands the unique needs of the software business, from drafting our Terms of Service and licensing agreements, advising on intellectual property issues, and dealing with piracy and takedown requests.
Chris is an excellent lawyer but just as importantly is a wonderful advisor, especially to a Seattle startup. He has an extensive network both in Seattle and in the technology sector, and many times referred us to other professionals in accounting, venture capital, as well as to other specialists. He and his team have hands-on operational experience that really makes a difference in understanding the real-world needs of a startup.
When it comes time to sell a company an entrepreneur has a firehose of issues to deal with simultaneously, and it can be quite stressful and complicated. Because of Chris' pragmatism, common sense, and grace under pressure, I was able to feel much more comfortable by vetting all the rapid-fire decisions through him. He was extremely responsive and reliable throughout the process, and his advice helped lead to an optimal outcome for myself and the company.
Chris is very personable, honest, and easy to work with, which is no small thing. It made it a pleasure to spend time in consultation with him, as well as feeling that each time I did so, I had strengthened the business.
We were always grateful to have him on our side. To me he is simply the best.
Posted by Charlie
I used Chris as my General Counsel at my last company and again at my current company. He has been a huge asset on several occasions. I have watched him run circles around opposing counsel during negotiations on more than one occasion.