Gardere Launches Legal Incubator to Provide Strategic CounselĀ For Emerging Businesses

05 April 2017 News

Gardere Catalyst to help select group of startups with connections and legal services

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, an Am Law 200 firm, is pleased to announce the launch of Gardere Catalyst, a legal incubator initiative that provides early-stage, high-growth potential startups with strategic guidance and legal counsel.

The program includes participation from lawyers across multiple specialty areas, including intellectual property (IP), labor and employment, tax and corporate, and provides startups access to seasoned legal counsel at a price that is scaled based on growth. 

“We believe that offering qualified emerging companies an opportunity to hire a premier, full-service law firm with experienced counsel is critical to help entrepreneurs attract the right investors, strategic partners and employees,” said Holland N. O’Neil, chair of the board of directors at Gardere. “We have purposefully tied our success to our clients’ success. We see ourselves as an extension of the client’s team, and we want everyone to be focused on the same goal. Having a program specifically built for emerging businesses was a strategic decision for the firm to grow trusted partnerships that drive innovation.”

Gardere Catalyst’s legal services include:

  • Formation of the company – serves as the foundation to raise capital, protect IP, build a staff and employ innovative long-term equity incentive programs
  • IP – filing trademarks/provisional patents and drafting licensing agreements, privacy policies and terms of use
  • Employment / Executive Compensation – such as offer letters, non-competition agreements and confidentiality protections, proprietary information and invention assignment agreement (PIIA) and equity plans
  • Tax – tax guidance
  • Financing – convertible notes, simple agreements for equity (SAFEs), and other seed-stage investments

The program was founded by the co-chairs of the venture capital (VC) and emerging business practice group, Adam Hull, Rick Jordan, Glenn Singleton, as well as Majorie Winters.

With offices in four of the top 12 cities for startup activity, according to The Kauffman Index, the firm’s VC and emerging business practice group is strategically positioned to help high-growth companies manage risks, maximize opportunities and expand nationally. The team partners with emerging companies throughout all stages of development.

To learn more about Gardere Catalyst or to apply, visit

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