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Charles P. Carter

Fax +1.206.623.7580
Charlie Carter’s practice includes the organization, financing, and general corporate counseling of startup and growth-stage companies. Charlie works extensively with technology companies, including in the software, internet, media, and mobile industries. His 20 years of experience includes seed and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and intellectual property transactions. Charlie provides strategic and practical advice to boards of directors and senior executives on a wide range of issues impacting their businesses. He builds long-standing relationships with companies beginning at their earliest stages, and assisting them through critical periods of growth and challenge.

Charlie represents venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds and family offices in venture capital investments.

Charlie also has an active and growing practice representing private equity firms in fund formations and buyout transactions.

Professional Background

After graduating law school, Charlie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter K. Leisure, United States District Court, Southern District of New York.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2013, Corporate Law & Venture Capital Law
  • Selected to Washington Super Lawyers list from 2005-2007 by Washington Law & Politics

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association 
  • University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board

Speaking Engagements

  • Venture Capital Financings, K&L Gates Internal Training (2013)
  • Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, Success in Silicon Valley (2012)
  • Angel Capital Association NW Regional Meeting (2012)
  • Law Seminars International, Taking Advantage of the JOBS Act (2012)
  • The Seminar Group Securities Laws Update (Angel Financings, 2011)
  • Washington State Bar Association CLE, Business Essentials: Contracts and Negotiations (2006; Seminar Co-Chair)
  • The Seminar Group Venture Capital Financing CLE, Founder Issues (2005)
  • Washington State Bar Association CLE, Mergers and Acquisitions (2004)
  • King County Bar Association CLE, Mergers and Acquisitions (2001 & 2002)
  • Tri-Cities Venture Group, Venture Capital Financings (2001)
  • Represented over 100 startup companies in connection with their formation and receipt of seed, angel and venture financing, including recently Accumula, Bonusly, CardTapp, DataCloud, Defiant, Dose Safety, , Informed Medical, Internet Identity, Looksharp, Limeade, Onehub, Parsyl, Outreach, Pathway21, Powerit, Pyrofex, RF Surgical, Rokketmed, Tatango, Waggit, and Zooppa.
  • Represented public and private technology companies in a variety of merger and acquisition transactions, including Bridger Technologies, Bsquare, Digital Chocolate, Digini, Express Metrix, HealthTalk,Internet Identity, Limeade, Radar Networks, Reach Machines, SeaPort Controls, Spring Creek Group,What Counts, and WRQ.
  • Representation of middle market private equity firm in formation of $300M investment fund and multiple acquisitions.
  • Representation of real estate private equity firm in numerous fund formations.
  • Representation of $2B family office in numerous alternative investment transactions.
  • Representation of Australian corporate venture capital investor in numerous US investments.
  • Representation of Australian venture capital firms in numerous US investments.
  • Represented Asian sovereign wealth fund in Series B and Series C financing of US-based battery technology company.
  • Represented Middle East sovereign wealth fund in Series C financing of US-based solar energy company.
  • Represented Middle East-based conglomerate in Series C financing of renewable energy company.
    Represented Switzerland venture capital firm in Series A financing of US machine learning startup.