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Gary J. Kocher

Partner
+1.206.370.7809
Fax +1.206.370.6105

Mr. Kocher has over 25 years of experience working with high growth companies. He counsels founders on business formation issues and works with companies on a wide range of transactions, including financings, strategic partnerships and acquisitions, intellectual property creation and protection, and exit transactions. Mr. Kocher has served as counsel on a number of significant cross-border transactions and advises Boards of Directors and senior management on governance and other strategic issues.

Over his career, Gary has represented more than 100 start-ups in connection with seed, angel, venture and strategic financings, including Clarisonic, Privlo, ActX, Sensor Medical Technology, PatrolTag (dba Korner), Volt Athletics, Misapplied Sciences, iCarpool, Resonant Systems (dba Revel Body), 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, Zumiez, Intrawest (Whistler ski resort), True Blue, Greenfield Online and, most recently, Truett-Hurst Winery in Sonoma. Clients he has represented from beginning-to-exit include Clarisonic (sold to L’Oreal), Greenfield Online (sold to Microsoft), Flexcar (merged with Zip Car), Fridge Door (sold to Amazon), PointMarc (sold to Merkle), and Twango (sold to Nokia). He also regularly represents angel and venture capital investors and serves as outside counsel to the Alliance of Angels and is a member of the Legal Advisory Council to the Angel Capital Association.

Mr. Kocher’s blend of private/public company expertise and experience representing companies from start-to-exit provide him with a unique perspective and ability to anticipate issues confronting emerging 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.

Achievements

  • Selected to the Washington Super Lawyers list (2004-2015)
  • Named to Washington CEO’s League of Justice
  • Ranking in Chambers USA (2014 and 2016) for Washington: Corporate/Commercial
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2007-2016)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Counsel to Alliance of Angels and member of Legal Advisory Council for Angel Capital Association
  • Member of Steering Committee for Tech Alliance Innovation Showcase
  • Chairman of Executive Planning Committee for Innovation Northwest – annual regional Life Sciences conference 2010 - 2013
  • Executive Industry Board Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Board member NeuroNeighborhood - non-profit organization to promote neuro resources in the Northwest
  • Secretary to MS Hub – non-profit organization devoted to Multiple Sclerosis research and treatment

Speaking Engagements

  • The Beat Goes On: Reg A+, General Solicitation and Accredited Investor Rules- 2015 Angel Capital Association Annual Summit, San Diego, CA
  • Reasonable Steps to Verify - Angel Capital Association 2014 Annual Summit, Washington, D.C.
  • Northwest Chapter of the Angel Capital Association 2014 Annual Meeting - planning committee and panel member, Portland, OR
  • How New Reg D General Solicitation Rules Can Change M&A - CLE, Seattle, WA November 2013
  • Due Diligence Case Study - Northwest Chapter of the Angel Capital Association 2013 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA
  • Demystifying Business Structures and Managing Growth - October 2012, WTIA, Seattle, WA
  • IPO Onramp - Northwest Chapter of the Angel Capital Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA
  • Traps for the Unwary (issues that cost money to fix) - Northwest Chapter of the Angel Capital Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA
  • Enterprise Architecture: Tips for Building a Fundable Company - July 2012, WTIA, Seattle, WA
  • Connecting the Letter of Intent and the Purchase Agreement - CLE Seattle, WA 2012
  • Getting your Business Ready for Sale - WTIA February 2010
  • Founder Issues - Venture Capital & Angel Financing CLE. June 2006
  • Fraud Ethics Privacy Security: Does Your Compliance Program Protect You, topic “Corporate Compliance Programs: Weaving an Effective Compliance Web.” October 2003
  • New Venture Capital Investing, topic “VC Board Representation – Conflicts of Interest and Fiduciary Duties.” June 2002
  • Puget Sound Business Journal’s Going Public seminar, topic: “To IPO or Not To IPO – is that a question” March 2001
  • WSBA “Mergers and Acquisition/Sale of Business Seminar,” November 2000
  • Represented WR Hambrecht + Co. in initial public offering of Truett-Hurst winery (Sonoma, CA), an emerging growth company under the JOBS Act.
  • Initial Public Offering and follow-on public offering for Electrical Geodesics, Inc. and listing on AIM market of London Stock Exchange.
  • Represented Pacific Bioscience Laboratories (Clarisonic) in sale to L’Oreal.
  • Represented public and emerging companies as primary outside counsel, including Privlo, Sensor Medical Technology, Triton Algae Innovations, Resonant Systems (Revel Body), SplashLab Social, TEXbase, Schedulicity, Electrical Geodesics, Fridge Door (Quorus), Flex Car, HomePipe Networks (TappIn), Ahnu Footwear, Greenfield Online, General Moly, MediQuest Therapeutics, Chemokine Therapeutics, CDG Therapeutics and Port Townsend Paper Company.
  • Represented public and private companies in connection with a variety of merger and acquisition transactions and strategic investments, including Greenfield Online, Fridge Door, HomePipe Networks, Twango, Primus Knowledge Solutions, FlexCar, Big Sky Carvers, Ahnu, HS Trask and OnHealth Network Company.
  • Represented companies in “going private” transactions, including serving as counsel to the majority shareholder of Zones, Inc. in its going private transaction.
  • Represented over 100 start-up companies in connection with their formation and receipt of seed, angel, strategic and venture financing.
  • Represented issuers and underwriters in over 20 initial public offerings and follow-on offerings, including companies such as Electrical Geodesics, Zumiez, Intrawest Corporation (Whistler ski resort), Greenfield Online, Angiotech, Oakley, ID Biomedical, OnHealth and Labor Ready, and underwriters including, WR Hambrecht, Piper Jaffray, Deutsche Bank, RBC and Robertson Stephens. 
  • Represented public companies in connection with PIPE offerings, including Jones Soda, Chemokine and General Moly.
  • Represented Integra Ventures, Alliance of Angels, Subdued Excitement and Element8 in connection with their fund formations and represent Point B Capital, Integra Ventures and Frazier Technology Ventures in direct investments in portfolio companies.
  • Represented Canadian companies in connection with cross-border financing and merger and acquisition transactions, including Intrawest Corporation, ID Biomedical, Cardiome Pharma, OctigaBay Systems Corp., Abatis Systems Corp., HotHaus Technologies, Challenger Energy Corp., Canadian Superior Energy and Timberwest Forest Holdings.
  • Represented public companies in connection with ongoing public reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and compliance with stock exchange listing requirements.
  • Represented life science and other technology companies in connection with a wide array of agreements including research and development, joint venture, distribution, complex licensing, co-marketing, and promotion agreements).