Practice and Background
Van brings a pragmatic, business-centric approach in counseling companies and senior management teams, developed over twenty-five years working in legal, strategic and operating roles for both start-up and Fortune 500 companies. During that span, he has negotiated countless transactions, helped companies raise capital (venture, angel, and senior debt), spearheaded mergers and acquisitions (buy-side, sell-side, and private equity), forged business development opportunities and joint ventures, counseled companies on employment, regulatory, and ethical issues, and served as a trusted sounding board to many CEOs. Van also counsels investors on angel and venture financings, as well as other strategic investments.
In addition to his broader technology practice, Van 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 focused on renewable energy, alternative vehicle fuels, waste conversion and recycling, water conservation, biofuels, and other related areas.
Van’s legal career began with Perkins Coie in Seattle. He then 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. 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. Van joined Fishmonger.com (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 through 2012, 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. He co-founded and launched Ascent Law Partners in January of 2013.
Van lives in Seattle along with his wife and two children.
B.A., Yale University (Varsity Soccer Team)
J.D., University of Virginia Law School (Virginia Law Review)
M.A., Environmental and Natural Resource Policy, George Washington University
- Selected to Washington Super Lawyers since 2015
- Board of Trustees, University Prep
- Board of Trustees, UCDS
- Board of Directors, PAWS
- Currently teaches a course on Entrepreneurship at University Prep
- Formerly taught a course on Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship at Seattle U School of Law
- PNW Chapter, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)