Blake Ilstrup

Seattle, Washington, US

Senior Counsel at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

About Blake

I bring a unique and invaluable mix of in-house, operational and law firm experience, having served as General Counsel and senior executive of a software company and two biotech companies (having co-founded one of them), as well as outside corporate counsel in elite AmLaw Global 100 law firms.

My experience spans multiple industries, including life sciences, software, hardware, mobile, digital media, manufacturing and retail. I have counseled high-growth companies on more than 200 venture capital and debt financings, more than 100 M&A transactions, and numerous public offerings, as well as service as a trusted advisor to management teams and Boards on both strategic and day-to-day matters.

I am proud to have worked with a variety of technology and life science companies, venture capital firms and investment banks, including A Place for Mom (acquired by Warburg Pincus), (Nasdaq: AMZN), Cloudhopper (acquired by Twitter; NYSE: TWTR), Crosstrees Medical, Deutsche Bank, fatfoogoo (sold to Digital River; Nasdaq: DRIV), Ground Truth, Hubspan, Ikaria, IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco; Nasdaq: CSCO), Kineta, KPI Therapeutics, OVP Venture Partners, Qpass (acquired by Amdocs; NYSE: DOX), Rosa & Co., SeaPoint Ventures, Square Enix, Targeted Growth, TIBCO Software (Nasdaq: TIBX), U.S. Venture Partners, Xcyte Therapies, Zumobi, and Zipwhip.

Prior to my legal career, I served with distinction in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, including two combat deployments to the Persian Gulf, where I was decorated for my performance during Operations Southern Watch and Desert Strike.

Work Experience

Chief Operating Officer

KPI Therapeutics, Inc.

July 2014 - December 2016