Lee Petillon is a leading legal expert in the area of corporate financing for early and growth stage companies. He has authored several important books on the subject, including the seminal Representing Start-Up Companies (Thomson/Reuters). He also drafted the California Small Corporate Offering Registration (SCOR) bill, and five other bills enacted by the California Legislature to facilitate small company offerings. While he counsels emerging companies in a range of industries, he specializes in representing early stage technology companies and venture capital funds.
Mr. Petillon is a former investment banker and has served as corporate counsel to a large venture capital fund and an advanced technology company. He has also served as an adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine School of Law, and as a director of the Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance, the California Manufacturing Center and the South Bay Science Foundation, non-profit organizations dedicated to assisting California-based technology companies and manufacturing firms.
His list of honors and awards is extensive. He received the 2005 Marvin Greene Award of the Business and Corporations Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; was named "Small Business Advocate of the Year" for 2001 by the California Chamber of Commerce; and was named "Most Outstanding Volunteer, Technology Division – 2000" by the Torrance Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on various local, state and national bar organizations and committees.
Mr. Petillon received his BBA from the University of Minnesota, and his LLB from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.