Scott Smedresman represents early and growth stage technology companies in structuring, formation, financing, intellectual property, licensing, technology and data matters, growth, and exits. He also represents individual and institutional investors in fund organization and deployment.
Scott has served as general outside counsel to hundreds of high-growth tech startups throughout their full lifecycles—from formation, founder issuances, closing financings, IP strategy, developing and launching products, building customers and scale, acquiring technology assets, ultimately through exit. Scott and the McCarter team handle hundreds of venture capital financings each year, throughout the maturity cycles of venture backed businesses. In addition, Scott routinely represents investors in venture financings and exits, including VC funds, angel investors and foundations, and university investors.
In his transactional practice, Scott routinely negotiates strategic partnerships, integrations and software development and licensing agreements with some of the most prominent companies in the world. Recent software deals on behalf of startups have included representing vendors in deals with Google, General Electric, Uber, Microsoft, LinkedIn, AirBNB, Twitter, Fidelity Brokerage, Facebook, NBCUniversal, McDonalds, National Football League, IBM, U.S. government software procurement, and Starbucks, among many more Fortune 500 companies and beyond.
In his dispute resolution practice, Scott commonly represents clients in technology and intellectual property cases and claims. He has litigated these issues in both state and federal courts around the country, at both trial and appellate levels, including cases involving data breaches, trademark and copyright infringement, patent claims, rights of publicity claims and technology implementation failures.
In addition to direct client representation, Scott works on policy and industry activities in the technology community. He has lectured at a university and graduate level, and has served on various working groups of the Application Developers Alliance. Scott works in a mentorship or educator capacity with accelerators and similar programs, as well as other organizations in the space, including the Columbia Startup Lab, the MIT delta v Lab, Venture for America and the VFA Accelerator, the NY Enterprise Sales Meetup, cofound/harlem, and the NJ Tech Meetup, among others.