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Charles P. Carter

Fax +1.206.623.7580

Charlie Carter focuses his practice on the formation, 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. A regular participant in the board meetings of his clients, Charlie provides them strategic and practical advice on a wide range of issues impacting their businesses. He enjoys building long-standing relationships with companies beginning at their earliest stages, and assisting them through critical periods of growth and challenge.

Charlie also regularly represents the investors that finance technology startups, including angels, venture capital firms and corporate investors. He also has experience representing foreign-based entities, including sovereign wealth funds, investing in US-based technology companies.

Charlie also has a growing practice representing investment funds in their formation and fundraising, where he helps them with fund structuring, due diligence, investor disclosure and related matters.

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
  • Washington Junior Golf Foundation

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 Bonusly, Dose Safety, Feedjit, Informed Medical, Internet Identity, Looksharp, Limeade, Onehub, Outreach, Powerit, RF Surgical, Rokketmed, Tatango, and Zooppa. 
  • Represented public and private companies in a variety of merger and acquisition transactions, including Bsquare, Digital Chocolate, Digini, Express Metrix, HealthTalk, Limeade, Radar Networks, Reach Machines, SeaPort Controls, Spring Creek Group, Stub Farlow, What Counts and WRQ
  • Represented Fairview Partners in connection with formation of private equity funds
  • Represented US based venture capital and corporate investors in numerous financings of technology companies
  • Represent Asia-based sovereign wealth fund in Series B financing of US-based battery technology company
  • Represented Middle East based sovereign wealth fund in Series C financing of US-based solar energy company 
  • Representation of Middle East-based conglomerate in Series C financing of renewable energy company 
  • Represented Nextel Partners in follow on public offerings numerous Rule 144A financings and reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and compliance with stock exchange listing requirements 
  • Represented technology and life sciences companies in a wide array of agreements including research and development, joint venture, distribution, licensing and other commercial arrangements.
  • Represented directors and boards of directors in connection with fiduciary duty and related matters