Tricia Meyer, Founder & Managing Attorney

tricia@meetmeyerlaw.com

What inspired you to start Meyer Law?
I’m an entrepreneur at heart and knew I wanted to start my own firm, but wanted to get solid experience before venturing out on my own.

After graduating law school, I worked at Encoda Systems, a global broadcast software company, negotiating contracts in the United States, Europe and APAC.  Then, I worked at HSBC and Discover supporting the Business Technology group negotiating commercial contracts in the U.S. and abroad.  Then, I went on to Reliance Globalcom, a global managed service provider, where I was the sole U.S. legal counsel for a period of time supporting the business with the day-to-day from contract negotiations to employment issues to corporate matters and providing assistance to colleagues in Europe.

Naturally, when I started Meyer Law in 2010 in Chicago, I focused on helping technology companies given my experience.  I had zero experience building a book of business and didn’t know the first place to start or what to do, but I knew the experience I had was valuable and my entrepreneurial mindset and fast-pace were different than most lawyers.  I began meeting with hundreds of people each month that were so kind, making countless introductions to more and more people in the tech community.  This all happened to be when the technology community in Chicago was starting to boom, incubators and accelerators were popping up everywhere, and it was a community that I didn’t realize existed coming from big corporate.

Given my passion for entrepreneurship, I decided to focus on helping early stage and scaling tech companies, in addition to continuing to support mid-sized businesses with the day-to-day in an outsourced General Counsel capacity along with helping in-house legal teams at large corporations with commercial contract negotiations, creations of playbooks, templates, and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. We expanded to Denver in 2013 and Los Angeles in 2019, and have helped hundreds of clients across the United States and mentored thousands of companies at incubators and accelerators such as Techstars, WeWork Labs and 1871.

We’re a great fit for early stage and scaling businesses because we move at the speed of a startup, promote fee transparency and have helped our clients avoid many roadblocks and creatively get around other roadblocks to help move the business forward.  Mid-sized companies and in-house teams at large corporations appreciate our experience negotiating on behalf of and against some of the largest companies in the world, our responsiveness and ability to drive matters forward.

Why do you love what you do?
I was fortunate to gain really great experience at large corporations and find this great tech community of passionate entrepreneurs like myself. I have almost twenty years of experience negotiating technology contracts and dealing with various corporate, commercial, employment and intellectual property matters. Overall, I enjoy helping our clients make sure they understand the realistic risks involved with the day-to-day issues that arise and avoid making unnecessary mistakes. I love working with startups and scaling companies for the fast-paced nature, and the mid-sized companies and large corporations for the complex issues requiring creative solutions.

I’m very lucky to have my incredible team that shares my passion for helping technology companies, making it happen on a daily basis and taking a genuine interest in the success of our clients.

What organizations are you involved in?
I’m a mentor at 1871, WiSTEM, Commons on Champa, CO.Starters, WeWork Labs and Techstars and regularly hold office hours and workshops. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to speak about tech, entrepreneurship, and legal issues at several events, including Denver Startup Week, Boulder Startup Week, FUND Conference, Angel Capital Summit, Techweek and more. I’m also one of the forty founding women of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Institute launched in 2019 in conjunction with DePaul University to support female-founded businesses.

What recognition have you received?
I’m honored that I’ve been selected for various honors and awards throughout my career. Most recently, I was named one of the Most Notable Female Attorney’s in Chicago by Crain’s Custom Media.  In 2018 and 2017, I was chosen as a Leading Lawyer in Computer & Technology Law and Closely & Privately Held Business Law, and in 2017 Crain’s recognized me as one of the Most Influential Female Attorney’s in Chicago.  From 2015 – 2017, I was selected as an Emerging Lawyer in Computer & Technology Law and Closely & Privately Held Business Law. From 2013 – 2016, I was named a Rising Star in Technology & Outsourcing by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than three percent of lawyers. I have been featured several times in Chicago Magazine as one of the Top Women Attorney’s in Illinois and I was selected as Top Corporate Counsel by First Chair.

Meyer Law has also been recognized as a top startup law firm, Best Woman-Owned Boutique Law Firm, Leader in Intellectual Property Law and most recently as one of the Fastest Growing Law Firms in the United States.

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?
St. Ambrose University and John Marshall Law School.

Chrissy Kosanovich, Executive Assistant

chrissy@meetmeyerlaw.com

What is your specialty?
I serve as Tricia’s trusted right arm, overseeing the day-to-day details and logistics necessary to ensure high-level business operations. Some specialties include managing calendars and schedules; organizing and planning meetings; streamlining correspondence, social media management and coordinating travel.

What do you like most about working at Meyer Law?
Everything! Tricia is not only an amazing boss, but she is also an amazing friend. I love the laid-back environment and love learning about entrepreneurs wonderful business talents! Meyer Law makes being a working mom stress free, flexible and fun! What more could you want?

Where did you go to undergrad?
Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana: Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice/Sociology

Melody Ashby, Senior Attorney

melody@meetmeyerlaw.com

What is your specialty?
I have considerable experience advising businesses on general corporate matters and I’ve counseled startup and early stage businesses as well as established businesses corporate, contracts, employment and intellectual property matters. Recognizing that every business had individualized needs and objectives, I work with clients to carry out their goals through a personalized approach. I’m extremely client focused and responsive, and provide clients with practical advice.

What do you like most about working at Meyer Law?
I joined Meyer Law because I wanted to serve as an advocate for my clients, not a roadblock. I appreciate that at Meyer Law, I get to know our clients, their needs, and can adapt my approach to best serve them. I was seeking a firm that understands the inherent risks of entrepreneurship and works to educate and support clients. I’ve found in Meyer Law a collaborative environment, not one that is cutthroat and competitive. I also appreciate the flexibility and being evaluated on providing great legal services, not the number of hours I bill as is typical with other law firms.

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?
I’m a graduate of Purdue University Calumet and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.

Natalie Reynolds, Senior Attorney

natalie@meetmeyerlaw.com

What is your specialty?

I specialize in commercial contracts, employment, and corporate matters. Before joining Meyer Law, I worked as in-house counsel for a Los Angeles based technology company, which allowed me to see first hand the challenges and balancing many of our clients face on a daily basis.

Why do you love what you do?

I enjoy helping innovative companies grow and move their business forward. I appreciate our attorneys’ give-first mentality, practical mindset and transparent approach.

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?

I earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Anna Bednar, Senior Attorney

anna@meetmeyerlaw.com

What is your specialty?
I served as general counsel for a large gasoline distributor and, as such, have extensive experience analyzing, negotiating and drafting various contracts including asset purchase agreements, operating, shareholder, vendor, employment and lending agreements, commercial real estate and equipment leases, letters of intent, confidentiality and real estate purchase and sale agreements. I also assist companies with corporate structure and governance.

What do you like most about working at Meyer Law?
I want to use my diverse legal and life experiences to make a positive difference in the lives of all those whose paths cross mine – whether in my personal or business life. Meyer Law shares that desire with its mission-driven approach to supporting clients. I appreciate that my fellow Meyer Law attorneys have the same mindset. I’ve always enjoyed meeting people from different backgrounds and in different industries with different legal issues. Meyer Law provides me with those opportunities on a daily basis. For decades, I have been an effective advocate of women’s rights and a mentor of young professionals. Working at a woman-owned and operated law firm with other women attorneys is a bonus!

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?
I went to Western Illinois University for undergrad and I was on the Dean’s List. I went to The John Marshall Law School and graduated cum laude.

Bridgette Toraason, Associate Attorney

bridgette@meetmeyerlaw.com

What is your specialty?
General corporate counsel, entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation, and tax.

What do you like most about working at Meyer Law?
The non-traditional model. Meyer Law recognized that the traditional firm model could be improved upon and developed a model that is more in line with how business is conducted today in the industries it focuses on. The firm’s full transparency eliminates many typical attorney/client conflicts and allows me to provide more efficient and effective counsel in a practice I enjoy.

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?
UCLA, B.A., 2007 cum laude
USC, JD/MBA, 2012

Katie Moore, Associate Attorney

katie@meetmeyerlaw.com

What is your specialty?
Throughout law school and in my professional career I’ve concentrated on the areas of business and corporate law, specifically working with start-ups and tech companies on everything from service contracts and deal negotiations, to employment-related matters and business advising. I’ve also done a significant amount of Intellectual Property work, focusing mainly on Trademark registration.

What do you like most about working at Meyer Law?
What I like most about Meyer Law is our unique approach to helping clients by not only just serving as legal representatives, but also as business advisors in all stages that a company may be at. Tricia saw an opportunity to truly develop and assist in an untapped area of this industry, and created a company that truly values the clients needs above the firm’s. And on top of that, she’s an amazing boss and mentor!

Where did you go to school?
I obtained a Bachelors Degree from the University of Arizona, and graduated with a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Leslee Cohen, Of Counsel

leslee@meetmeyerlaw.com

What is your specialty?
Securities law—representing companies with respect to their equity or debt raises.

What do you like most about working with technology companies?
Most technology companies are relatively young so their founders are very excited about the businesses they are building. I love helping these founders achieve their dreams.

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?
University of Michigan undergrad and New York University School of Law.

Michelle Padron, Marketing and Operations Manager

michelle@meetmeyerlaw.com

What is your specialty?
I have substantial experience in marketing and operations. My past work experience consists of many years with Guess?inc and The Walt Disney Company. My background has allowed me to create strategies to improve productivity and build a strong foundation in all areas of business. Working for two large companies has allowed me to utilize and refine my business skills, develop strong analytical skills, discover a passion for training and development, and develop a strength for building great business relationships.

What do you like most about working with technology companies?
The culture at Meyer Law emanates team work and relationship building. The team at Meyer Law is not only hard working and intelligent, but are also great partners to our clients and team members. Being surrounded by entrepreneurs and their creativity, is truly inspiring and makes everyday interesting and different. I love working at Meyer Law and I am excited to be part of this amazing team.

Where did you go to undergrad and law school?
Bachelors degree, Business Management and Business Administration
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL

Helene Hughes, Community Engagement

helene@meetmeyerlaw.com

Where did you get your experience?
I am an entrepreneur for many years and have worked for large corporations as well, such as The Walt Disney Co., Children’s Broadcasting, Chase Bank, etc. My most recent experience is in working with other entrepreneurs in the startup community in technology and aerospace. I can relate to the challenges of being in business and respect the tenacity and grit it takes to stay in the game.

What do you like most about working at Meyer Law?
I love working with this team! The level of integrity, intelligence, and professionalism is inspiring and helps me grow personally and professionally. Everyone is authentic and genuinely cares about the success of the client, which is very important to me.

Where did you go to school?
I graduated from University of Colorado at Denver with a degree in creative writing. Also I possess a doctorate from the School of Hard Knocks!

Sandy Amaro, Community Engagement

sandy@meetmeyerlaw.com

What is your specialty?
My first career entailed a few different roles in the areas of research, design and marketing at CBRE (Fortune 500) and Cassidy Turley (now Cushman & Wakefield) in Washington, DC and Denver. I had the pleasure of training and working with top performers and teams. That experience allowed me to build a strong knowledge base in the areas of business, client relations, communications and marketing all of which enables me to connect with anyone that I meet.

What do you like most about working at Meyer Law?
In addition to working at a thriving, woman-owned business, I love meeting new companies, startups, and people from all over the country. As an entrepreneur, I have experienced my own trials and tribulations and I like that I can genuinely relate with our clients and help guide them toward building a solid legal foundation.

Where did you go to undergrad?
I attended Emerson College in Boston, MA and double majored in Marketing Communications and Visual Communications with a concentration in New Media. I also attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for an intensive summer session in Urban Planning and Massachusetts College of Art for Graphic Design.