Chicago area startup lawyer/firm referral

John Anderson

January 16th, 2014

looking for a lawyer/firm in the Chicago land area with experience in startups, vc/seed funding, company stock options, etc.  Would like to find someone who is familiar with getting vc/seed funding, setting up company stock options, etc. and able to help me know if any potential vc/seed funding offers are reasonable, etc.

Elaine Russell Internet and E-commerce Entrepreneur; Founder at Heirlume; Product Enthusiast

January 16th, 2014

I would highly recommend Brian Axelrad. He is very experienced in start-up law and funding etc. He is also a mentor for the Startup Leadership Program in Chicago (SLP) and is very well connected in the VC and Founder community and always has the interest of the founder top of mind.
Feel free to reach out to him directly or I am happy to make an intro (you're more than welcome to mention I sent you his info).

Brian H. Axelrad

Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered

500 West Madison Suite 3700

Chicago IL 60661

DIRECT:  312.606.3242    FAX:  312.267.2227



Noah Zych Principal Engineer - Unmanned Systems at Oshkosh Corporation

January 16th, 2014


I would recommend talking to Art Mertes at Synergy Law Group.  He has experience with company structuring, angel & venture capital raises, as well as complex litigation in various tech areas.  I became familiar with him through a great guest lecture he gave in a class of mine on best practices & common pitfalls for early startups.

direct: 312.454.0311

Mike Moyer

January 17th, 2014

You need a Gunt Fund friendly attorney: Here are two of the best, both in Chicago: -Mike