An experienced and versatile corporate attorney, Jon guides entrepreneurs, technology start-ups and emerging companies from formation through liquidity event. While Jon serves as general outside counsel to his clients and addresses their on-going legal needs, his practice is largely transaction-based as he advises clients through angel and venture capital financings, and a range of commercial transactions, including commercial licenses, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. Jon also represents a number of angel and venture capital investors. His strong interest in innovation — he is the holder of two patents himself — and his passion for entrepreneurship shows through in the energy and enthusiasm he brings to bear for the benefit of his clients.
Jon has taken on a number of leadership positions in the legal and venture communities. He is a past chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge and was a longstanding member of its Executive Committee. Jon is active in the American Bar Association, where he is immediate past chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee, which saw significant growth during his tenure. He remains an active member of the PEVC Committee’s leadership team serving as the program’s chair where he is responsible for continuing legal education programming. Jon is also a member of the National Venture Capital Association's General Counsel Advisory Board and its Model Documents Standing Committee. In this capacity, he is part of a select team of lawyers from across the country responsible for maintaining and updating this important practitioners’ resource which reflects changes in law and in practice. Additionally, Jon is an active Brown University alumnus and is currently serving a five year term as president of his class. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Brown Club of Boston. Jon is also a prolific author of many articles related to start-ups, emerging companies and early stage finance.
Moderator, Founder Coup Averted on Equitable Grounds: The Palisades Case, ABA webinar
Moderator, Maximizing Value in M&A, 2019 VC and M&A Forum
Moderator, Should Venture Capital Take Another Look at The Use of Alternative Entities, ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting 2018
Moderator, Basho Technologies: Examining the Contours of ‘Control’ and the Attendant Fiduciary Duties Owed by VC’s, ABA Business Law Section
Moderator, Fiduciary Duties and the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in LLC's, ABA Business Law Breaking News
Moderator, Analysis of the Latest NVCA Form Documents, ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting 2018
Moderator, Maximizing Value in M&A, 2018 VC and M&A Forum
Moderator, M&A Considerations for Venture-Backed Companies, CIC Panel
Panelist, Matchmaking & Papering the Deal in the VC World, MCLE
Panelist, Careers in Venture Capital and Private Equity for J.D. Students, Harvard Law School
Moderator, Great Hill Equity Partners and the Attorney-Client Privilege in M&A: You mean we sold that too?, ABA webinar
Moderator, When Absolutely Nothing is Entirely Fair: M&A Lessons from In re Trados, ABA webinar
Annual Survey of Judicial Developments Pertaining to Venture Capital, Annual Survey Working Group of the Venture Capital Transactional Issues and Documents Subcommittee, Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee, ABA Section of Business Law (contributing author)
Outside the office
Jon is a devoted baseball fan, and enjoys skiing and other outdoor activities with his family.
News & Events
- COVID-19 Alert
Practical Strategies for Venture and Private Equity Backed Businesses Considering PPP Loans
April 10, 2020
- 2019 M&A Deals
Mergers & Acquisitions:
A transaction recap
February 24, 2020
- 2019 VC Deals
A snapshot of venture
February 19, 2020
- The Continued Evolution of the NVCA Documents
A Summary of Major Changes
December 18, 2018
- Jon Gworek Selected to National Venture Capital Association General Counsel Advisory Board
April 26, 2018
- University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D.
- Brown University, B.S.
- Massachusetts Bar
- California Bar
- Licensing & Strategic Alliances
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Startups & Emerging Companies
- Venture Capital