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Charles P. Carter

Fax +1.206.623.7580

Charlie Carter’s practice includes the organization, financing, and counseling of startup and growth-stage companies. Mr. Carter works extensively with technology companies. His 20 years of experience includes seed and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and intellectual property transactions. He also 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.

Mr. Carter represents venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds and family offices in venture capital investments of less than $1M to over $50M. 

Mr. Carter also has an active and growing practice representing alternative investors across numerous asset classes in fund formations, including private equity firms in fund formations and buyout transactions, with six buyouts completed in 2018.

Mr. Carter is also a founding faculty member of the firm’s mini-MBA program, an innovative professional development training program designed to orient associates to key business concepts that are integral to our clients’ business success.

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
  • Playworks, Washington State Chapter, Board Member

Speaking Engagements

  • Technology Law & Artificial Intelligence (2018)
  • Venture Capital Financings, K&L Gates (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)
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of public and private technology companies in a variety of merger and acquisition transactions, including Bridger Technologies, Bsquare, Digital Chocolate, Express Metrix, HealthTalk, Internet Identity, Limeade, Radar Networks, Reach Machines, SeaPort Controls, Spring Creek Group, What Counts, and WRQ. 
  • Representation of international venture capital, corporate venture capital and sovereign wealth funds in in venture capital financings of US companies.
  • Representation of Limeade (ASX: LME) in a $100M initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange
  • Representation of Arable Capital in formation of $300M investment fund and multiple acquisitions.
  • Representation of Fairview Partners in numerous fund formations.
  • Representation of Kenmore Air in investment transaction with Seattle Hospitality Group.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of Asian sovereign wealth fund in Series B and Series C financing of US-based battery technology company.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of Swiss venture capital firm in Series A financing of US machine learning startup.