Frederick Von Bryant II

Senior Counsel

Overview

Von Bryant is a senior counsel and corporate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he focuses on helping companies achieve success in business with a strategic and pragmatic approachSM. He is a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities, Private Equity & Venture Capital, and Finance & Financial Institutions Practices.

Von’s practice is concentrated on the representation of investors and start-up companies and also involves general business counseling, venture capital financings, renewable energy and project finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and securities matters. His broad corporate practice also includes regularly counseling clients on technology licensing, commercial agreements, employment, and corporate governance matters.

Prior to joining Foley, he was an associate in the Venture Capital and Corporate Finance & Securities Practices at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, Massachusetts.

Education

Von earned his law degree from Washington University School of Law (J.D., 2011) where he received a Legal Practice Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy. During the spring semester of 2011, he attended National Taiwan University College of Law as a visiting student. Von earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 2006).

As an undergraduate, Von played NCAA Division I football at UPenn and for two seasons at Duke University as a full athletic scholarship recipient for the Blue Devils (prior to transferring to UPenn).

Recognition

  • Named to the 2014 Lawyers of Color "Hot List" for the Eastern Region, which recognizes early-to mid-career minority attorneys excelling in the legal profession
  • Named to The National Black Lawyers – “Top 40 Under 40” for Washington, D.C. (2015), a professional honorary organization where the invitation is extended exclusively to lawyers who excel in their areas of practice

Community Engagement

Von serves on the Board of Trustees for the Black Student Fund, a non-profit that provides essential advocacy, academic and retention support to academically motivated African American and other underserved students. He is also a mentor for the Economics Club of Washington D.C. “Scholars to Leaders” initiative.

Von serves as a supervisory attorney to Georgetown University Law Center’s Entrepreneurship Practicum, a pro-bono effort that provides business counsel and legal advice to startups with a positive social impact and/or for entrepreneurs from underserved communities. He is also a volunteer advisor for the Georgetown Venture Lab – Startup Hoyas.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Von is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. 

Publications and Presentations 

  • Co-moderator, “Best Practices in Director Recruitment and Onboarding” National Directors Institute, Chicago, IL October 2018
  • Presenter, “Ten Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make…and How to Avoid Them,” WeDC Fest Washington, DC, September 26-28, 2018
  • Co-Author, “Private Equity Industry Practice Guide,” Lexis Practice Advisor®, July 2017
  • Quoted, “Are There Some Legal Tasks Technology Can’t Replace?,” Washington Lawyer Magazine, December 2016
  • Presenter, NASA Supported Space Race Challenge program, The Center for Advanced Innovation, August 1, 2016
  • Presenter, “Legal Considerations for Startup Entrepreneurs,” Founders Institute, June 13, 2016
  • Author, “Pitch Perfect: Eight Insights for Effective Start-Up Company Pitch Deck,” The National Law Review, March 29, 2016
  • Panelist, “A View From the Inside: Lawyers in Finance”, Georgetown Law Center Symposium on Corporate Law, February 29, 2016
  • Speaker, “What VCs are Looking for from Start-up Companies,” The University of Chicago, Careers in Entrepreneurship Program, April 22, 2015
  • Panelist, “Reduce Your Risk,” Greater Boston Startup Culture Meetup Group, April 1, 2014
  • Panelist, “(How to Avoid) Mistakes that Lawyers Make,” Boston Bar Association, December 17, 2012
  • Speaker, “Strategies for Success,” Boston Bar Association, July 10, 2012

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