Our People

 Paul S. Ellis

Paul S. Ellis

Managing Member

Phone: (212) 949-5900
pellis@pelglaw.com
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PRACTICE AREAS

General Corporate • M&A • Securities • Private Equity • Private Placements • VC/Angel Finance • Emerging Companies • Technology Companies • Employment

EDUCATION

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
American Criminal Law Review

Harvard University, B.A.
Magna Cum Laude

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine
  • United States Office of Special Counsel, Public Affairs Director
  • United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Staff
David E. Martin

David E. Martin

Senior Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900
dmartin@pelglaw.com
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PRACTICE AREAS

General Corporate • M&A • Securities • Private Equity • Private Placements • VC/Angel Finance • Emerging Companies • Life Sciences • Biotech • Employment

EDUCATION

Columbia University School of Law, J.D.

Additional studies at Columbia in its History Ph.D. program and the Graduate School of Journalism

University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in mathematics and history

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., General Counsel
  • Dewey Ballantine (later Dewey & LeBoeuf)
  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
  • Kronish, Lieb, Weiner & Hellman (now Cooley)
  • Loeb & Loeb
  • The Equitable Companies Incorporated (now AXA Equitable)

Phone: (212) 949-5900
gcannon@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

General Corporate • Startup & Emerging Companies • M&A • Technology Companies • Biotech • Private Equity • VC/Angel Finance • Employment • Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances • Secured Transactions

EDUCATION

University of Chicago Law School, J.D.

Queens College, CUNY (Bio-Chem), B.A.
Magna Cum Laude

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Weil Gotshal & Manges
  • Rogers & Wells (predecessor of Clifford Chance)
  • Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn
Julie K. Horowitz

Julie K. Horowitz

Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900
jhorowitz@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

General Corporate • M&A • Securities • Private Equity • Private Placements • VC/Angel Finance • Emerging Companies • Technology Companies • Real Estate Finance • Bankruptcy • Secured Transactions • Proxy Fights

EDUCATION

New York University School of Law, J.D.
Order of the Coif; American Judicature Society Prize; Articles Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics; Law Revue

State University of New York at Albany, B.A.

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
  • Camhy Karlinsky & Stein
  • Citicorp Real Estate Inc.
Mark J. Kowal

Mark J. Kowal

Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900
mkowal@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

General Corporate • M&A • Securitization and Structured Finance • Securities • Private Placements • VC/Angel Finance • Emerging Companies • Commercial Agreements • Employment Contracts

EDUCATION

University of Chicago Law School, J.D.

University of Chicago Booth School of Business, M.B.A. (Finance and Accounting)

Princeton University, B.S.E. (Civil Engineering)

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
  • Sidley Austin
  • Hinduja Group (General Counsel, New York office)
Jessica Friedman

Jessica Friedman

Of Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900
jfriedman@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

Trademark • Copyright • Literary Property • Licensing • Software Development Agreements

EDUCATION

Yale Law School, J.D.

Princeton University, B.A.
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
  • Deutsch, Klagsbrun & Blasband (previously Linden and Deutsch; now McLaughlin & Stern)
  • Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol (now Ropes & Gray)
Paul Model

Paul Model

Of Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900
pmodel@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

General Corporate • M&A • Securities • Private Equity • Private Placements • VC/Angel Finance • Debt Finance • Emerging Companies • Life Sciences • Biotech • Drugs and Medical Devices • Licensing

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School, J.D.
Magna Cum Laude

Hampshire College, B.A.

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Emed Technologies Corporation, General Counsel
Michael J. Sussman

Michael J. Sussman

Of Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900 (O)
(646) 745-5446 (C)
msussman@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

M&A, Joint Ventures and Other Business Combinations • Financing Transactions and Private Placements • Domestic, Cross-Border, Start-Up and Venture Capital Companies • Corporate Investment • Commercial Agreements • Funds • Employment Contracts

EDUCATION

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Cum Laude
Law and Policy in International Business

University of Massachusetts, B.A.
Cum Laude

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
  • Mayer, Brown & Platt
  • Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
  • Citigroup Global Markets Ltd.
  • StormHarbour Partners

“Once the underlying goal of a project or an engagement has been established, we work with the client to craft a strategy calculated to achieve the desired result as expeditiously and cost-effectively as possible.”

“Before our clients commit the time and expense to a transaction or matter, we will work with them in clarifying their objectives and testing their assumptions, thus doing our best to ensure that the potential benefits justify the costs and any potential risks.”

“We understand that our clients are focused on achieving specific business objectives, and are looking for us to present them with legal strategies that support those goals. At the same time, they are counting on us to identify potential pitfalls and to assist them in identifying and assessing their risks, a responsibility that we take very seriously.”

“Providing our clients with appropriate protection while facilitating their operations, balancing 'get it done' with 'get it done right,' and doing it all with an eye to our clients’ legal budgets and cost constraints can be a challenging task, but it is one that we strive to achieve and is a skill at which we have become adept.”

“Our depth of practice in VC and angel financing has given us a sophisticated understanding of the issues driving the negotiations on both sides of the table, enabling us to provide our clients with practical advice on strategy and market terms. In a field where efficiency and cost control are essential, we offer our clients extensive experience and practical judgment in assessing the benefits and costs inherent in their negotiating positions.”

“We frequently receive referrals from some of New York’s largest law firms in situations where they have an internal conflict, are unable to handle a matter efficiently or for some other reason. They trust us to assist their clients and contacts when they are unable to do so.”