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  • LL.B., Stanford Law School, 1960
  • A.B., Harvard College, 1955

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

Board of Trustees and Member of the Development, Community Services, Legal and Compliance Committees, Montefiore Medical Center

Courtesy Professor, Johnson School of Business, Cornell University

Board Member, Community Development Ventures Capital Alliance

Frequent Counsel to Special Committees of Independent Directors

Member and Chair Emeritus of the Advisory Council to the Public Policy Committee of the Angel Capital Association

Court-appointed Trustee in Bankruptcy

Counsel to the Trustees, DBL (Drexel Burnham Lambert) Liquidating Trust

Former President of Boston Bar Association, former Chair of Grievance Committee

Former General Counsel and Undersecretary of U.S. Department of Commerce

Joseph W. Bartlett

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Special Counsel
  • T: 212.609.6920
    F: 212.416.7613

Joseph W. Bartlett is special counsel in the Corporate, Securities and Business Transactions and the Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies practice groups. A recognized pioneer of the national private equity and venture capital bar, Mr. Bartlett contributed to the original models for private equity and venture capital partnerships. His experience extends to alternative investments, venture capital, emerging companies, corporate restructurings, private equity and buyouts. Mr. Bartlett’s practice includes serving as counsel to asset managers, including those of major public and private equity funds, with a focus on technology companies, and he has also served as trustee of a series of public mutual funds and chair of a public REIT. His venture fund work began with the first Greylock fund, and he has drafted documents for several of the largest and most successful LBO funds, including Bain Capital and Chemical Ventures. He has IPO and M&A experience as well.

Mr. Bartlett has served as President of the Boston Bar Association and as General Counsel and Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He graduated from Stanford Law School (returning in 1978 for a sabbatical as a visiting professor) was President of the Law Review and clerked for Chief Justice Earl Warren on the Supreme Court.

He has authored numerous treatises, including Leveraged Buyouts, Compensation Structures for Venture Backed Companies, Equity Finance, Fundamentals of Venture Capital and Venture Capital: Law, Business Strategies and Investment Planning. He is also founder and chairman of VC Experts, for which he is an active contributing editor. Mr. Bartlett is a frequent speaker on industry issues and has taught as an adjunct/visiting professor at Stanford and NYU Law Schools and at Cornell’s Johnson School of Business.

Mr. Bartlett has been recognized in the 2013-2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.