Before his death in July 2013, Lee Petillon was a leading legal expert in the area of corporate financing for early- and growth-stage companies, especially those in the technology industry. He also specialized in merger and acquisition transactions and formation of venture capital and private-equity funds. Prior to starting his own law firm, Mr. Petillon worked as an investment banker and as corporate counsel to a large venture capital fund and an advanced technology company. He also was an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine School of Law.
Mr. Petillon authored several important books about corporate and securities law, including the seminal "Representing Start-Up Companies" (Thomson/Reuters). He also drafted the California Small Corporate Offering Registration (SCOR) legislation enacted in 1993, and six other bills introduced in the California Legislature to facilitate small company offerings.
During his lengthy legal career Mr. Petillon shared his expertise with a variety of non-profit organizations dedicated to assisting California-based technology and manufacturing firms. He served as a director of LARTA (Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance), the California Manufacturing Technology Center, the South Bay Science Foundation, the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center, Inc., and PortTech Los Angeles. He also was legal counsel and a director of ACE-Net.org, a non-profit national network that brings together entrepreneurs and angel investors, and he was a director of Small Business California, the statewide organization of small businesses. He also served on the boards of several early-stage technology companies and on various local, state and national bar organizations and committees.
His list of honors and awards is extensive. Among his many honors was the 2005 Marvin Greene Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Business and Corporations Law Section recognizing his “long and devoted service to the Los Angeles legal community.” He also was named the Small Business Advocate of the Year for 2001 by the California Chamber of Commerce, and the Most Outstanding Volunteer, Technology Division – 2000 by the Torrance Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Petillon received his BBA from the University of Minnesota, and his LLB from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.