Mr. Kocher has 25 years of experience working with exciting, high growth companies. He counsels founders on business formation issues and works with companies on a wide range of matters, including financings, strategic partnerships and acquisitions, intellectual property creation and protection, and exit transactions. Over his career, Gary has represented more than 100 start-ups in connection with their formation and receipt of seed, angel, strategic and venture financing, including Clarisonic, Resonant Systems, HomePipe Networks, Klir Technologies, Twango, Ahnu Footwear, FlexCar, Redfin and Fridge Door. He has worked on over 20 initial public offerings including for companies such as Western Wireless (T-Mobile parent), Electrical Geodesics, Greenfield Online, Zumiez, Intrawest (Whistler ski resort), True Blue and, most recently, Truett-Hurst Winery in Sonoma. Clients he has represented from beginning-to-end include Clarisonic (sold to L’Oreal), Greenfield Online (sold to Microsoft), Flexcar (merged with Zip Car), Fridge Door (sold to Amazon) and Twango (sold to Nokia). He also regularly represents angel and venture capital investors and serves as outside counsel to the Alliance of Angels. Mr. Kocher has served as counsel on a number of significant cross-border transactions involving Canadian companies and advises Boards of Directors and senior management on strategic issues.
Mr. Kocher’s blend of private/public company expertise and his experience representing companies from start-to-finish provide him with a unique perspective and ability to anticipate issues confronting high growth companies. He has been consistently selected as a Washington SuperLawyer, is named as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and is listed in Best Lawyers in America.
Clarisonic Sale to L'Oreal — Represented Pacific Bioscience Laboratories (maker of Clarisonic) in sale to L'Oreal.
Greenfield Online — Represented Greenfield Online in several private financing rounds, IPO, several acquisitions and ultimate sale to Microsoft.
Integra Ventures — Represent Integra Ventures in fund formation and several portfolio company investments.
HomePipe Networks — Represented HomePipe Networks from formation, private financing rounds and sale to Globalscape.