Richard J. Colosimo
Rick J. Colosimo focuses on the representation of companies in all aspects of their business, including corporate governance, transactional, and commercial matters.
Rick’s diverse legal practice ranges from providing complex, “bet-the-company” corporate governance advice to independent directors and stakeholders in closely held businesses to structuring new business for startup founders to position themselves to raise capital; from assisting nonprofit organizations undergo strategic reviews to advising organizers of new nonprofit entities how to obtain state and federal tax exemptions.
As outside general counsel for many clients, Rick connects deeply with their businesses — serving on corporate boards, creating financial models and fundraising presentations for startups, and analyzing strategic problems in transactions and litigation to frame issues properly for corporate decisions. These business skills have been buttressed by years of merger and acquisition advisory work for clients including deal prospecting, due diligence, negotiation, financial modeling, and deal execution. Rick’s clients come from many industries: software, web and Internet, clothing retailers and fashion designers, financial services, computer hardware, IT consulting, strategy consulting, construction materials, import/export, enterprise software, and contract manufacturing.
Rick has a wide array of legal experience on which to draw: he practiced in both New York City and in Silicon Valley at large national law firms. He has been involved in hundreds of negotiations across a wide variety of disciplines. In New York City, Rick practiced at Holland & Knight LLP, litigating mass torts involving pesticides, asbestos, and the crash of TWA Flight 800. He then practiced corporate and securities law at Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP, in the Palo Alto, CA office, where his practice included start-ups, venture financing, and mergers and acquisitions for Cisco Systems.
Rick is a graduate of the Cornell Law School. Before law school, Rick was an Infantry officer in the US Army, stationed in Hawaii and Georgia. He is a graduate of the Officer Candidate, Airborne, and Ranger Schools. He has a BA in English from Allegheny College, where he served on the Alumni Council for six years.
He has been admitted to practice in New York, California, and New Jersey, as well as in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Northern District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.