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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

Advisory Board Member, Science Progress (A Project of the Center for American Progress)

Board of Trustees and Member of the Executive, Legal and Compliance Committees, Montefiore Medical Center

Courtesy Professor, Johnson School of Business, Cornell University

Faculty Member: Johnson School of Business, Cornell

Frequent Counsel to Special Committees of Independent Directors, Fab Industries, Inc. and

Court-appointed Trustee in Bankruptcy (Charles Brennick)

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

Former President of Boston Bar Association, former Chair of Grievance Committee
Former General Counsel 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 Financial Institutions practice. A recognized pioneer of the national private equity and venture capital bar, Mr. Bartlett contributed to the original models for private equity and fund of fund 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.

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 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 lectures as a faculty member at Cornell’s Johnson School of Business.



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