Galen R. Mason

Special Counsel

Overview

Galen Mason represents entrepreneurs and the investors that support them.

Mr. Mason's practice covers a broad array of industries, spans across the country and ranges from the formation of new start-up companies through financings, strategic agreements, and exits. Mr. Mason is a trusted advisor to many of the clients with whom he works and is adept at leveraging the resources of a large law firm.

Affiliations

Mr. Mason is a leader in efforts to empower Chicago and the Midwest's venture and technology markets. He is a co-founder of Catapult Chicago – a non-profit co-working space. He is also active in the community. He is a long-term supporter of and former member of the board of directors of BUILD, Inc., a not-for-profit organization helping some of Chicago’s most at-risk youth.

Recognition

Mr. Mason was named to Crain’s Chicago Business 2015 “40 Under 40” class as well as The National Law Journal’s 2013 “Chicago’s 40 Under 40” list. He was also named to Crain’s Chicago Business 2015 Tech 50 class. In 2016, Mr. Mason was selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers–Rising Stars® list, which represents the top 2.5 percent of lawyers under 40 years old in Illinois based upon a survey of his peers.*

Education

Mr. Mason earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (J.D., 2002), where he was a member of the Missouri Law Review. He received bachelor’s degrees from St. Olaf College in both biology and economics (cum laude, 1998).

*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Representative Matters

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Foley represented 640 Labs, a hardware/software company, in selling its business to Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto.
BidMed is a newly formed company that acquires used medical equipment from hospitals and sells same, as a reseller, on behalf of the hospitals. We provided this client with counsel on its business operations, the various state and federal laws and regulations that it is required to comply with (inclusive of FDA registration implications) and assisted it with composition of its standard business terms and conditions and template contracts.
Represented Woodlawn Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, in structuring the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Universal Tank & Fabrication, Inc., an Iowa-based corporation in the business of manufacturing and supply of pressure vessels and tanks. Consideration for the transaction involved a combination of cash, a promissory note, and an infusion of equity securities of a Woodlawn Partners investment vehicle (Woodlawn Partners III, LLC). Foley also assisted the buyer in securing traditional senior debt and mezzanine financing to facilitate the asset purchase, successfully negotiating all financing documents. In addition to negotiating and drafting the purchase agreement, Foley attorneys negotiated and drafted employment agreements with key seller employees to ensure the acquired business assets would continue to be effectively managed following closing. The UT&F transaction follows closely after Foley’s recent successful representation of Woodlawn Partners in its acquisition of Burrow Construction, Inc.