Joel M. Jacobson is an associate in Goodwin's Business Law department and a member of its Technology group. He provides effective and efficient legal counsel to emerging growth tech companies, strategic investors, and venture capital firms by specializing in corporate and transactional matters, including formations, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and day-to-day business legal issues. Joel spends his free time trying to keep up with his two young sons and being active outdoors.
Joel representation of emerging growth tech companies spans every stage of their corporate lifecycle, including pre-incorporation planning, incorporation, general corporate representation and counseling, venture capital financings, and mergers and acquisitions. His representation of venture capital firms and strategic investors includes seed through growth stage financings.
- a16z in numerous investments from their seed, growth, bio, and crypto funds
- Anthos Capital in numerous investments, including in Ephemeral, Gretel.ai, Parallel Systems, Filo, and Dataops
- Bitwarden in its $100 million growth financing led by PSG with participation from Battery Ventures
- Blockchain Capital in numerous investments, including in Spatial Labs and Blocknative
- Haun Ventures in the $50 million Series C financing of Zora Labs
- Mayfield in numerous investments, including in Crunchbase, OwnID, Swimply, and DuploCloud
- Paradigm in numerous investments, including in the $300 million Series C financing of OpenSea
- Pinglend in its Series A financing led by Activant Capital
- Provus in its $12 million Series A financing led by Norwest Venture Partners
- Rapid Robotics in its $36.7 million Series B financing co-led by Kleiner Perkins and Tiger Global Management
- Relentless Labs (Mono) in its $15 million Series A financing led by Tiger Global Management
- TrueNorth in its $50 million Series B financing co-led by Sam Altman and Lachy Groom
- FusionSite Services, a search fund client, in several of its acquisitions
- Infostar LLC in its $105 million sale to Tech Mahindra (Americas) Inc.
Joel is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he teaches Venture Law: Forming, Financing, and Selling a Startup.
He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including through Goodwin’s Neighborhood Business Initiative, which brings business-related legal services to the front doors of entrepreneurs and small business owners; Project Citizenship, which assists immigrants from all over the world in applying for US citizenship; and the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School, which offers legal services without charge to local startup businesses lacking access to legal resources.
Prior to joining Goodwin, Joel worked as an attorney at a boutique law firm in Denver, Colorado that specializes in advising growing, innovative companies on corporate and commercial legal matters, and as an associate within a national design and fabrication firm headquartered near Detroit, Michigan which developed exhibits displayed by technology and automotive companies. These experiences solidified his interest in working with clients developing new technology and business models.
During law school, Joel served as a Note & Comment Editor for the Wisconsin Int’l Law Journal, and was a judicial intern with the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
University of Wisconsin Law School
University of Michigan
- Washington, D.C.