Eric S. (“RICK”) Carlson


Eric S. Carlson

Eric S. Carlson



Practice Emphasis:

Commercial Finance
Corporate Finance & Securities
Venture Capital
General Business & Corporate
Technology Licensing
Federal and State Securities Regulation
Mergers and Acquisitions


Rick’s practice focuses on general business with a concentration in corporate finance, venture capital, securities, debtor-creditor issues, executive compensation, and technology licensing.

Rick often advises companies concerning complex transactions and business matters. In the venture capital and private financing arena, Rick’s focus is on helping structure private placement investment in early and follow-on financings, as well as later stage financings for mature companies seeking capital to expand. He helps clients by preparing Regulation D and other private placement offering memoranda and corresponding investment documents, identifying applicable federal and state “blue sky” law exemptions, and preparing required securities and compliance filings.

His corporate practice includes advising companies in business formations, transactions (including reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures), franchising matters, executive compensation matters (including stock and other incentive compensation), asset securitization, and shareholder disputes.

In addition to advising businesses in these specific areas, much of Rick’s practice is devoted to helping businesses identify, understand, and choose a course of action concerning significant legal matters that they may face, which can range from compliance matters to litigation threats. Rick focuses on developing alternatives and solutions for clients in these matters consistent with their business objectives.

Prior to entering private practice, Rick served a two year clerkship with the Honorable John L. Coffey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University Law School teaching mergers and acquisitions.



J.D., The College of William and Mary, Order of the Coif, 1992. William & Mary Law Review, Executive Board, Student Articles Editor
B.A., Washington State University, cum laude, 1983 (Phi Beta Kappa)



Washington, 1992
California, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1995


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