Rich Leska is an experienced business lawyer and advisor who concentrates his practice on corporate transactional and securities matters, including public and private securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, joint ventures, investment fund formation and counseling, start-up company counseling, and employment related matters. Rich counsels business entities and their owners at all stages of their development and in a variety of industries. Clients often recognize him for his ability to zealously advocate their interests in a cordial, non-confrontational, principled and firm manner that sets the stage for a successful working relationship between the parties following the transaction.
Rich was formerly a partner at a major Silicon Valley law firm, and a significant portion of his practice is focused on representing emerging growth companies, the venture capital firms and angel investors who invest in them, and the technologists and executives who drive them forward. He has represented issuers or investors in well over 150 venture capital and angel investment transactions. He frequently acts as “outside general counsel” to his start-up and emerging growth clients, advising them on a wide range of matters, including initial formation, equity compensation arrangements, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, joint ventures, IP strategy, personnel issues and general corporate counseling. Rich has extensive experience representing private equity funds, their portfolio companies, other acquirers and targets in a variety of business combination and corporate partnering transactions, as well as issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings.
Rich received his J.D. from Cornell Law School, cum laude, in 1994, where he served as a Managing Editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, and received his B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University with highest distinction. He is admitted to practice law in New York and California.