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Venture Capital

Business Services

Our venture capital (VC) services attorneys partner with entrepreneurs and investors to provide counsel through all phases of emerging company growth. Leveraging decades of collective experience, we assist with investment transactions across a wide spectrum of industries — including software, e-commerce, health care, medical devices and supplies, technology services, real estate, hospitality industries, food and beverage, and traditional manufacturing and distribution.

Practice Group Leader

T. Ted Motheral, Chair

Ted focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, as well as private debt and equity financing.

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Our Proven Venture Capital Process

We recognize that every transaction and every investor’s goals are unique. Working closely with our clients, we provide necessary due diligence and craft documents that include appropriate terms to protect their interests in each investment. Our firm-wide VC attorneys regularly represent angel investors and venture funds in connection with the negotiation of debt and equity transactions.

Our broad range of VC assistance includes:


Our business attorneys in our Cleveland and Columbus offices are consistently ranked and recognized by Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and more. At Walter Haverfield, we pride ourselves on becoming each client’s trusted corporate advisor for all their business needs.


  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Banking and Finance Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Commercial Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Trust & Estates
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Tax Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Environmental
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Construction
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – ERISA


  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Banking and Finance Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Tax Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 Trusts & Estates law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – ERISA
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Insurance


  • Representing multiple joint ventures in the negotiation of joint venture and operating agreements
  • Representing a private equity fund in the leveraged buyout of a metal processing company
  • Representing a public company in the acquisition of a polymer manufacturing division
  • Representing a private equity firm in the acquisition of a physical rehabilitation services company
  • Representing a privately held industrial equipment dealership in asset disposition
  • Representing an international hotel and resort developer in connection with a joint venture to acquire and develop real estate properties in the U.S.
  • Representing a packaging company in connection with a private placement offering
  • Representing start-up businesses in connection with entity formation, drafting of organizational documents, including limited liability company operating agreements, articles of incorporation, codes of regulation, close corporation agreements, shareholder agreements, and partnership agreements
  • Representing borrower in a commercial mortgaged-back securitized loan and separate syndicated loan to finance acquisition and renovation of hotel and resort properties