Mr. Valenti is counsel to the firm, having served for almost 20 years as outside counsel with national law firms and in-house general counsel to numerous companies from startups to Fortune 50 companies. His practice ranges from representation of emerging companies from inception through initial public offering to representation of public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. He has represented and advised clients in a wide variety of industries including software, optical networking, ecommerce, semiconductor production, telecommunications, medical devices, biotechnology, manufacturing, defense, aviation, and real estate investment trusts. Mr. Valenti has also served as investors' counsel for numerous venture capital funds and corporate investors, including Austin Ventures, Trellis Partners, Intel Corporation, Anderson Consulting and Vignette Corporation. He has extensive experience in:


• formation,structuring and financing of new ventures

• structured financings and recapitalizations

• venture capital financings for privately held companies

• mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of public and private entities

• fund formation and compliance under the 1940 Act

• executive employment agreements and compensation

• public and private placements of debt and equity securities

• preparation of SEC filings of all types

• corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements

• board and board committee issues


Areas of Experience:

• Corporate & Securities

• Mergers & Acquisitions

• Private Equity Investments

• Private Equity Funds

• Complex Commercial Transactions

• Boards of Directors & Special Committees

• Master Limited Partnerships

• Real Estate



• B.S.

  Mathematics with concentrations in Physics & Economics,

  University of Kansas,


• J.D., cum laude,

  B.A., 1999,

  Dedman School of Law, 1995

  Citation Editor of ABA Journal:

  The International Lawyer

  President of Phi Delta Phi honor society