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Van Katzman

Van Katzman

Van Katzman206.264.3076

Practice and Background

Van brings a pragmatic, business-centric approach in counseling companies and senior management teams, developed over twenty years working in legal, strategic and operating roles for both Fortune 500 and start-up companies. During that span, he has negotiated countless transactions, helped companies raise capital (venture, angel, and senior debt), spearheaded mergers and acquisitions, forged business development opportunities, drafted strategic business plans, counseled companies on employment, regulatory, and ethical issues, managed complex litigation, and served as a trusted sounding board to many CEOs.

Van also has a deep environmental business and policy background and works extensively with clean tech and other environmental companies, providing legal and business development advice to a broad array of entities in the renewable energy, alternative vehicle fuel, waste-to-energy, water conservation, energy efficiency, biofuel, and other related areas.

Van’s legal career began with Perkins Coie in Seattle. In 1996, he transitioned to the business sector, co-owning and managing Communicore, a technology firm in Seattle, focused on accelerating the adoption of innovative products to enhance the quality of healthcare and the environment. From 1998-2001, Van served as Assistant General Counsel for Waste Management, the largest solid waste collection and recycling company in North America, where he helped manage all legal affairs for the Western United States. In 2001, Van joined (later WorldCatch) as Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel, and helped guide the company in its transition from B2B marketplace to a bricks-and-mortar operating company.  From 2004 until 2013, he co-founded and co-managed Beacon Law Advisors, a successful boutique corporate law firm based in Seattle that works extensively with emerging technology companies.


B.A., Yale University, 1989

  • Varsity Soccer Team

J.D., University of Virginia Law School, 1994

  • Virginia Law Review; Order of the Coif; Trainor Prize

M.A., Environmental and Natural Resource Policy, George Washington University, 1991

Other Activities

  • Board of Directors, Hope Heart Institute
  • Board of Directors, Parent Trust for Washington Children
  • Director and Co-founder, PNW Chapter, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
  • Northwest Energy Angels
  • Van lives in Seattle along with his wife and two kids.