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Jessica C. Pearlman

Jessica Pearlman is a partner in the firm’s corporate group and is based out of the Seattle office. Jessica represents emerging and established companies in various corporate, securities, and finance matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions for both public and private clients, domestic and international. She has particular depth of experience in various technology sectors, including healthcare applications, software, social media, data security, data storage, mobile applications, search and search engine optimization, and AI as well as in energy, digital and traditional media, biotechnology, and transportation.

Jessica is Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s M&A Committee, is a former Chair of the M&A Committee’s Market Trends Subcommittee, and has served as Chair since 2010 of its flagship Private Target M&A Deal Points Study.

She is a frequent presenter on mergers and acquisitions topics and is listed in the Chambers USA 2021 guide as a leader in Corporate/M&A, The International Who's Who of Merger and Acquisition Lawyers, Who's Who Legal and as a Washington Super Lawyer and one of the Top Women Attorneys in Washington. Jessica was also selected by Lawyer Monthly for a Women in Law 2017 Recognition Award. Jessica has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law and is a member of the Thomson Reuters Business Law Solutions Advisory Board and the Practical Law Company Corporate Advisory Board.

  • Corporate/M&A in Washington, Chambers USA 2021
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013 – present
  • Top Women Attorneys in Washington, 2013 – present
  • Women in Law Recognition Award, Lawyer Monthly, 2017
  • Who's Who of Merger and Acquisition Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, 2015 – present
  • Rabbi Dan Bridge Leadership Award, Hillel University of Washington
  • Member, Washington Corporate Act Revision Committee
  • Vice Chair, American Bar Association Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
  • Chair, American Bar Association Private Target Deal Points Study
  • Member, American Bar Association Revised Model Asset Purchase Agreement Editorial Working Group
  • Former Chair, M&A Market Trends Subcommittee, M&A Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law
  • Adjunct Professor, the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Member, Practical Law Company Corporate Advisory Board
  • Member, Thomson Reuters Business Law Solutions Advisory Board
  • Former member, Board of Directors of Hillel at the University of Washington and Board of Governors of Washington Athletic Club
  • “What’s Academics Got To Do With It? What M&A Practitioners Can Learn From Law Professor Research” American Bar Association, via webcast, September 2021
  • “General Business Considerations and Letters of Intent in Private Acquisitions or Sales," PLI’s Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company, via webcast, May 2021
  • “Delaware Law Traps for M&A Practitioners,” NCBA Business Law Section, via webcast, February 2021
  • “Know Your Delaware Precedent: Key Issues in M&A,” American Bar Association, via webcast, October 2020
  • “Letters of Intent - Preliminary Considerations for Private Transactions,” PLI’s Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company, via webcast, May 2020
  • “Ultimate User’s Guide to the ABA Private Target M&A Deal Point Study,” National Association of Women Lawyers, via webcast, February 2020
  • “M&A Negotiation in the Wake of Deal Point Studies: A Lost Art?” Mergers and Acquisitions Committee Meeting, Laguna Beach, CA, January 2020
  • “Negotiating and Navigating the Fraud Exception in Private Company Acquisitions," Stafford CLE Webinar, Via Webcast, January 2020
  • “Women in M&A Discussion,” Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, March 2019
  • Earnouts: Nuts & Bolts,” DealLawyers.com, via webcast, February 2019
  • “Market Check: Negotiating MAE Post-Akorn (Anything Really New?)” with Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo Strine, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee Meeting, Laguna Beach, CA, January 2019
  • “Negotiating and Navigating the Fraud Exception in Private Company Acquisitions,” Strafford Live CLE Webinars, via webcast, October 2018
  • “Venture Backed M&A: Special Considerations,” The University of Texas School of Law’s 14th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, Dallas, TX, October 2018
  • “How Do You Do It?” 2018 Women Deal Lawyers Forum, Dallas, TX, October 2018
  • “Cultural Nuances in Deal Making – Perspectives from India, China, and Ireland,” International Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, September 2018
  • “U.S. and Canada Cross-Border M&A: Deal Activity to Date and Emerging Growth Industries,” Northwestern M&A and Corporate Integration Forum, Thomson Reuters, Seattle, WA, May 2018
  • “Insider's Insights from the Deal Points Study,” American Bar Association Business Law Section In The Know series, via webcast, March 2018
  • “Deal Trends in Private Company M&A: How Do You Use Deal Points Data in a Negotiation, And What Results Should You Expect if You Do?”, 2017 Mergers and Acquisitions Conference, The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, November 2017 
  • "Negotiating Contractual Indemnity in M&A Deals: Transactional and Litigation Considerations," Strafford CLE Webinars, via webcast, August 2017
  • Private Practice Attorney Panel, National Association of Women Lawyers Conference, Seattle, WA, May 2017
  • “Mock Negotiation: The Locked Box versus Price Adjustment Method in M&A Transactions,” International Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, New Orleans, April 2017
  • “Negotiating and Navigating the Fraud Exception in Private Company Acquisitions,” Strafford Live CLE Webinars, via webcast, March 2017
  • “What’s Changed in M&A and Alternative Liquidity--M&A Insurance, and ABA Deal Point Study Trends,” 2016 Mergers and Acquisitions Conference, The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, November 2016
  • “Exit, Stage Right - Planning for Your Private Company’s Ultimate Exit,” Boston Business Journal Power Breakfast Series, October 2016
  • “Negotiating Contractual Indemnity in M&A Deals: Transactional and Litigation Considerations," Strafford CLE Webinars, via webcast, August 2016
  • “Negotiating and Navigating the Fraud Exception in Private Company Acquisitions,” Stafford Live CLE Webinars, via webcast, March 2016
  • “M&A Negotiation Trends: Insights from the 2015 Private Target Deal Points Study,” American Bar Association Business Law Section In The Know series, via webcast, March 2016
  • “Enforceability of Obligations Against Non-Signatories in Private Mergers,” The University of Texas School of Law’s 11th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute, Dallas, TX, October 2015
  • “Deal Point Considerations in Venture Backed M&A,” American Bar Association Business Law Section In The Know series, via webcast, July 2015
  • “Deal Point Considerations in Venture Backed M&A,” American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2015
  • “Private Equity and Venture Capital Jurisprudence,” American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2015
  • “M&A Negotiation Trend: Insights from the 2013 Target Deal Points Study,” American Bar Association Business Law Section In the Know series, via webcast, June 2014
  • “Private Company M&A: A Potpourri of Practical Pointers,” American Bar Association Business Law Section In the Know series, via webcast, September 2013
  • “Private Company M&A: A Potpourri of Practical Pointers,” American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2013
  • “Negotiating the M&A Deal: A Mock Negotiation of a Corporate Acquisition,” Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA, and simulcast to UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA, February 2012
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