Jeff Lehrer

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Jeff Lehrer
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Location: Reston, VA
Practice areas: Corporate emerging growth and venture capital, employment equity

Jeff Lehrer
Managing Partner

DLA Piper US LLP

Jeff Lehrer serves as the lead relationship attorney to emerging growth companies and venture capital firms. “I assist them with their day-to-day legal needs and help them from their formation all the way through their eventual exit as their legal resource and trusted advisor,” says Lehrer. He leads a team of lawyers with expertise in many aspects of business, ranging from equity financing and employment to intellectual property. In addition, Lehrer has served on the boards of several for-profit and nonprofit organizations focused on fostering entrepreneurship in the Washington, DC area. “Within my firm, I routinely mentor attorneys to assist them in improving their own leadership skills,” he says.

QUICK TIP: “We are in the business-risk mitigation business, not the business-risk elimination business.”

quigley_james_dceo_coi_web_headshot_16“Jeff has been there so many times for Canvas and for other startup technology firms in this area that it is hard to count the times where his impact has changed our course. [He is an] advisor, friend, deeply authentic, incredibly knowledgeable, and is always there for us and so many others. Jeff never beats his chest locally, and so his name remains quiet at times, but he is the advisor behind so many brand names in our area. … Jeff is and has been one of the most valuable and critical advisors to our company since before we incorporated.”  – James Quigley, CEO, Canvas