We encourage our new associates to participate in attorney lunches and practice meetings to get to know your colleagues and find out more about Gould & Ratner and its practice areas. These meetings are also a great opportunity to talk to our lawyers about your experience and to promote cross-selling across our various practice areas.
We use email marketing, news releases and social media to inform our clients and friends of the firm about your arrival. Associates are also encouraged to provide our Marketing and Business Development team with clients and contacts you want integrated into our CRM and to receive the news about your recent move.
Making new attorneys feel welcome and included is an important part of our firm culture. Beyond getting to know the other attorneys in your practice, Gould & Ratner also invites associates to monthly “Lets GRab Lunch” small-group outings with other attorneys, paralegals and staff, as well as offers opportunities to participate in firm initiatives involving recruiting, marketing and professional development for associates. Associates also can participate – and even lead – activities that focus on social and business networking events, some specifically targeting opportunities for women lawyers, along with other programming promoting diversity and inclusion at the firm.
Our partners see the value of both formal and informal mentorship at every stage of an associate’s career. We provide our associates with the training resources needed to learn their craft on the pathway to partnership, as well as the advice and counsel to become distinguished providers of top-notch client service. Additionally, the firm’s Chief Talent Officer acts as guide, instructor and sounding board for associates.
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Gould & Ratner prides itself on our collegial and interconnected firm culture. We value an open-door policy, collaboration, inclusiveness and giving back to our community. Our attorneys, paralegals and staff enjoy the benefits of a friendly and flexible workplace with a focus on teamwork. We believe it's important to enjoy being at work, which is a big reason why we moved to new office space to provide more opportunities for creative collaboration and socialization.
However, the coronavirus pandemic also taught us that our bonds as a firm go beyond our formal offices, allowing for complete flexibility and productivity wherever we are. To that end, we allow for a flexible in-office work policy that currently doesn’t mandate in-office attendance more than 2-3 days per week (and sometimes less, if needed).
Gould & Ratner strives to offer a comprehensive benefit package to help you make the most of your career and your life, which includes:
Gould & Ratner LLP is seeking an Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Associate to join its Corporate Practice. The ideal candidate will have 5-8 years of experience working with early stage and growth stage companies, founders and venture capital firms and the ability to act as lead attorney on a range of EC/VC transactions. In addition, this attorney should have significant experience with transactional and corporate governance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure (formation and reorganization), corporate contracts (operating agreements, license agreements, service contacts, buy/sell agreements etc.), joint ventures, divestitures and private equity.
The ideal candidate will also have the following experience:
This is an excellent opportunity for an attorney who is highly motivated and seeking a positive career trajectory. This attorney will gain direct client interaction, business development experience and significant responsibility on complex and sophisticated legal matters.
Please note that this role allows a flexible work schedule with a hybrid remote/in-office presence in our Chicago office or a fully remote position located in Colorado.
About Gould & Ratner
Gould & Ratner is an 80-year old Chicago law firm with a team of over 50 attorneys, representing Fortune 500 corporations, closely held businesses, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and family businesses in diverse and complex matters throughout the world. Our team consists of a deep bench of sophisticated and experienced attorneys that provide exceptional legal services while affording our clients the benefits of working with an agile and entrepreneurial-minded team of result-oriented, well-rounded professionals.
In this ever-changing and complex world, Gould & Ratner remains one of the few truly mid-size law firms in Chicago. Thus, while our work is as sophisticated and complex as the mega firms, our focus on tailored service is something only a smaller firm like ours can deliver. This allows us the unique ability to employ our multi-faceted approach to legal service for clients of every size and in every industry. For example, our attorneys handled the $800 million redevelopment of Chicago’s Old Post Office and the $840 million purchase of the Sears (now Willis) Tower. We have handled more than $10 billion in corporate transactions in the past decade and argued cases before a number of appellate forums, including the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts.
About Our Corporate Practice
Gould & Ratner’s Corporate Practice provides clients with sophisticated legal and business advice in areas ranging from business formation through business succession or the sale of a company. We counsel institutions and executive teams, funds, prominent family business owners and entrepreneurs on a variety of sophisticated and complex domestic and foreign transactions and business law issues including:
The Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice at Gould & Ratner is unique among Chicago law firms, with a skilled and experienced team of corporate lawyers who work closely with some of the nation's largest and most prestigious private equity funds and venture capital firms, as well as numerous entrepreneurs, startups, emerging companies and closely held businesses.
Representing funds, investors in funds, family offices and other dynamic businesses, our team has extensive experience in negotiating and documenting their investment in private companies, including early stage, growth stage, later stage, recapitalizations, workouts and management buyouts. Our experience includes representing these clients as lead investors, as well as in structuring and executing platform, add-on and other acquisition and sale transactions. We also represent a large number of funds, founders and management teams in connection with venture capital financings.
Our Emerging Companies & Venture Capital team represents leading and innovative startups (and their founders), as well as the funds that invest in them, throughout the United States. We counsel emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycle - from formation, venture and strategic financings, growth through acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial agreements, to exit transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings. We have developed deep and broad expertise and relationships across many industries, including technology, high-tech manufacturing, life sciences, “clean tech,” ESG, DeFi, sports and entertainment, health life sciences, software, environmental sciences, cryptocurrency and blockchain.
Gould & Ratner is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, medical condition including pregnancy, disability, genetic information, gender identity and expression, marriage or parental status, sexual orientation, or Veteran’s status.