John is an experienced corporate lawyer with knowledge of many areas of business law. He learns the operations and businesses of his clients in depth in order to be in a position to render legal advice in the context of their goals.
John began his legal career in the Firm's Providence office in 1981 and moved to the West Palm Beach office in 1983 to assist in building the Firm's practice in Florida.
John has extensive experience working with start-up companies and entrepreneurs as they form and grow their businesses. This focus area is supported by the Firm's Helping Innovators Thrive (HIT) program ( hit.edwardswildman.com ) which provides support and affordable access to strategic legal advice for qualifying entrepreneurs and young companies.
John also represents venture capital funds. John has worked in the venture capital arena since he started practicing law in 1981. He has advised start-up companies from inception to IPO and beyond. He has a strong reputation in Florida for his knowledge of venture capital transactions and securities law. He also works on complex corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate matters.
John serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Florida Venture Forum and on the Board of Directors of BioFlorida.
John was recognized as a Top Lawyer in the South Florida Legal Guide 2010, 2011 and 2013 in the area of private equity.
•John has advised a wireless equipment technology company from its inception. He helped to structure an initial venture capital investment before the company hired a management team. He guided the company through a series of complex private equity financings, its IPO, and changes in key management. The company raised over $240 million in private and public equity.
•John advised an entrepreneur who started a medical imaging device company and represented the company in its start-up and early stage growth phases and through its public offering. He helped the company structure its private offerings and its IPO.
•John represents a biometrics company recently spun out from its parent company. The company is developing state of the art fingerprint scanning technology. This company has raised substantial private equity from high net worth investors without issuing any preferred stock, which is the normal path for emerging growth companies.
John has been named a Florida Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine each year since 2006.
Before Edwards Wildman
After college, John worked as a manager for a rock band based in Providence, RI. He started a consulting company with two partners working as marketing entrepreneurs and promoting street fairs for downtown merchant associations.
Besides Edwards Wildman
John enjoys kayaking, biking, golf, hiking, adventure skiing, and mountain climbing. He organizes backcountry trips for friends who join him for helicopter and snow cat powder skiing in British Columbia, Canada.
Florida Venture Forum 2014 Early Stage Conference and Collegiate Business Plan Competition
May 15, 2014 event
Florida Venture Forum 2012 Early Stage Conference and Collegiate Business Plan Competition
May 10, 2012 event
An Evening Dedicated to Alternative Sources of Financing
April 23, 2009 event
Managing Joint Ventures/Strategic Alliances
February 21, 2008 event
Enterprise Development Corporation's 10th Annual Emerging Technology Business Showcase
November 9, 2007 event
2007 AeA Venture Forum
March 13-14, 2007 event
Finding the Right Strategic Partner: Alternative Route to Capital Growth
February 22, 2007 event
AeA Venture Forum - Investment, Technology, Success
March 21, 2006 event
2006 Florida Venture Capital Conference
January 31, 2006 - February 1, 2006 event
May 15, 2012
SmartCamp is an exclusive global program bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and experienced mentors who want to build a Smarter Planet. SmartCamp provides access to world-class advisors plus a direct route to seed and venture capital.
In 2010 and 2011, IBM held seventeen SmartCamp events around the world. In each location, five finalists were selected for a one to two day event to network with 25 world-class entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts. These mentoring and networking events put entrepreneurs in touch with experts that can help accelerate their business.
Edwards Wildman's John Igoe Takes Lead for Alta in Sale, Reports Am Law Daily
November 3, 2014
Edwards Wildman's John Igoe Spotlighted for Role in Helping OrthoSensor Close $48M in Private Financing in the Daily Business Review
November 20, 2013
Edwards Wildman's John Igoe Highlighted in the Daily Business Review for His Role in TissueTech Deal
September 11, 2013
Edwards Wildman's John Igoe and Tamer Tullgren Represent VC Investors in TissueTech Deal, Reports the South Florida Business Journal
September 9, 2013
Edwards Wildman's John Igoe and Tamer Tullgren Advise VC Firms in TissueTech Deal, Reports the Miami Herald
September 6, 2013
Edwards Wildman Sponsors the Florida Venture Forum's 2013 Early Stage Conference
June 18, 2013
Edwards Wildman Awards Free Legal Services to 2013 Cade Prize Winner and Finalists
May 20, 2013
Edwards Wildman Establishes Office in Miami
May 2, 2013
Edwards Wildman's John Igoe Appointed to the Board of Directors of BioFlorida
April 3, 2013
Edwards Wildman's John Igoe Appointed to the Board of Directors of BioFlorida, Reports Florida Media
April 3, 2013 (Also at Miami Office)