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Prominent Venture Capital Lawyer Joins the New York Office

October 3, 2011

Lori S. Smith joined White and Williams as a partner in the Business and Corporate, Private Equity and Venture Capital and Securities practice groups. She will reside in the firm’s New York office.

“Lori is highly-regarded throughout the venture capital community and brings an extensive network of relationships within the industry, which will be of great value to the firm and our clients” said Gary Biehn, Chair of the Business Department. “She is a valuable addition to our growing and dynamic Private Equity and Venture Capital Group. We’re excited to have Lori on our team.”

Smith is one of several partners the firm has brought on laterally in the past year to the New York office, increasing the capabilities, depth and breadth of services we provide to our clients.

Smith has more than 25 years experience handling corporate and commercial transactional work for her clients, as well as acting as outside general counsel managing all of their other legal needs. She has significant experience representing emerging technology companies and venture capital and angel investors in connection with early and growth stage financings and strategic transactions.

Smith frequently speaks at events focused on the technology and investment communities in New York. She is an active member in the business community and community at-large, belonging to the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Public Policy Committee Advisory Council for the Angel Capital Association and Astia, a not-for-profit organization that promotes and accelerates women-led businesses.

Smith received her J.D., with high honors from Duke University School of Law in 1984.  While in law school, she was a senior editor of Law and Contemporary Problems. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Rochester in 1981.

Prior to joining White and Williams, Smith was a partner at Sedgwick LLP. In addition she was previously a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP. 

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