CALIFORNIA, USA | 19 July 2021 | CGL is delighted to announce two attorneys have become Partners at our growing firm. Corporate Counsel Jessica Edwards has been promoted to Partner, effective DATE. Kari Kelly also joined CGL as a Partner and Commercial Counsel on July 12.
After a two-year period of strong financial growth, we are excited to have these two talented and highly experienced attorneys at the partnership level. We foresee that their addition will help us solidify our growth strategy, while also enhancing the legal resources available to our client base. We look forward to moving into the next phase of growth with Jessica and Kari at the helm.
About Jessica Edwards
Jessica brought a wealth of experience in corporate transactions to the firm when she joined us as a senior member of our Transactions Group in March 2020. She came to us with deep experience working across all stages of corporate and capital markets transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and asset acquisitions and divestitures. In addition to her transactional practice, Jessica also assists clients with general corporate, securities and business matters, including entity selection, formation, fiduciary obligations, federal (’34 Act) and state securities reporting and compliance, joint ventures, partnership agreements and financing arrangements.
“I am honored and excited to continue my journey with CGL as a Partner where I can collaborate with and continue to grow alongside an innovative group of attorneys striving to impact the legal community in a way that is both incredibly meaningful and increasingly relevant to the industry.”
Her contributions have been crucial in CGL’s growth over the past 12 months, and she has proved to be an exceptional asset to the firm. In particular, she has handled multiple very large transactions, including the Sublime merger and acquisition, for which CGL received positive press coverage. Jessica continues to deftly manage her workload while remaining mindful of the resources available to her and kind to those around her.
“Jessica has been a key player in several significant transactions we’ve been a party to in the past year. She possesses deep legal experience and strong interpersonal skills that allow her to seamlessly collaborate with our team and fearlessly guide our clients. Her clients have been forthcoming with praise for her work product and creativity during her time with us. Suffice it to say, this promotion is well deserved, and we are excited about our future with Jessica in this leadership role.” – Hannah Genton, Co-Founder at CGL.
Jessica graduated from Clemson University with her BA in Political Science before pursuing her JD at SMU Dedman School of Law. Upon graduating cum laude, she gained experience in Texas as a corporate and securities attorney with leading law and government relations firm, Bracewell LLP. From there, she moved to California and worked as an Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She now lives in Washington State with her daughter and husband, who is a submarine officer and nuclear engineer in the US Navy.
About Kari Kelly
Kari Kelly comes to us with extensive knowledge of compliance and risk management for fast-growing companies, as well as significant experience negotiating high-value deals for technology companies. Her experience within the technology industry is formidable touting various legal executive positions for mid and late stage start-ups in highly regulated industries such as fintech and adtech. She is widely recognized for her ability to provide strategic, actionable guidance to growing companies.
“I am thrilled to be part of the excellent team at CGL where I can flourish both as a commercial lawyer and a privacy expert while helping grow this progressive firm full of thought leaders.”
Kari graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Relations and French. She went on to receive her JD, before undertaking a fellowship in German intellectual property and commercial law in Cologne, Germany,. Kari had previously taught herself German.
From there, she gained experience as a Foreign Associate at a premier German law firm, before moving back to California and working with Mayer Brown, IBM, and Nelnet. She founded her own legal practicse in 2009 structuring technology transactions and acting as special privacy counsel to business leaders in healthtech, fintech, and various software development organizations, including high-growth adtech AdTech company, TrueData Solutions. Most recently, she ran the day-to-day global legal department for a late-stage SaaS company in the working capital space. In 2017, Kari received her International Privacy Professional Certification (CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She went on to co-found the Women’s Privacy Alliance, an organization that benchmarks and develops privacy best practices and provides a support network to privacy professionals of all stripes.
“Kari is a skilled commercial attorney and a gifted leader. Her deep understanding of commercial transactions, alongside her passion for privacy and guiding startups, make her an exceptional asset for our growing team. Yet it’s her enthusiasm for the law and energetic and warm leadership style that made her stand out as the ideal candidate for our first full-time Commercial Counsel position. We look forward to working and growing with Kari.” – Noam Cohen, Co-Founder and Partner at CGL.
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