- Business Law
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Venture Capital
- Securities Offerings and Public Company Counseling
- Fund Formation
- Start-up Companies
- Media & Telecommunications
- Energy & Cleantech
- Cloud Computing & Managed IT Services
|University ||Brown University, A.B., 1976|
|Law School||Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1981|
|Admitted||1981, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island; 1985, Florida|
TechAmerica, Florida Executive Committee
American Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
Florida Venture Forum, Inc., Executive Committee
Massachusetts Bar Association
Rhode Island Bar Association
Emerging Business Network, Chair
|Born||Boston, Massachusetts, March 26, 1954|
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. (Also at Miami Office)
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