Jeffrey R. Harder
As far back as 1981 with Amoco (Standard Oil of Indiana) in Chicago, then Mitchell Energy & Development in The Woodlands from 1984 to 1986 through to the present in private practice, Jeff Harder has been at the center of venture capital and angel investor transactions in a wide variety of industries. This experience and passion led to Jeff’s engagement as VP for Corporate Development and General Counsel at a Nasdaq listed public company.
Over the years, Jeff has advised and assisted innumerable entrepreneurs, officers, directors, and investors on matters such as:
- Corporate governance
- Private offerings
- Public offerings, including IPO’s, PIPE’s and shelf registrations
- Going private transactions
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Strategic alliances
- Licensing transactions, both in-licensing and out-licensing
- SEC compliance
- Executive compensation and stock incentive plans
- Employment and consulting agreements
Jeff’s role with start up companies is often similar to that of an in-house, general counsel position. His engagement with Jackson Walker and the nearly 400 attorneys at JW allows him to bring the right advice quickly and efficiently to bear. In many cases, Jeff is also involved with the entrepreneur and start up as an advisor or board member, using his extensive experience and contacts in industry to provide additional services as an added value for his clients.
Jeff also regularly represents numerous middle market and more established companies, both public and private, and provides experienced counsel to their executives or senior in-house counsel, in complex matters such as insider trading, regulatory compliance and public disclosure issues, merger and acquisition transactions, joint venture arrangements and employment and litigation related disputes. Jeff’s previous employment for over 10 years in-house at companies such as Exxon Corp., Amoco, MEDC and ForeFront and over 25 years in private practice has provided him with a unique blend of experience and a more practical, business-like approach to his practice.
B.A., highest distinction, Valparaiso University
J.D., cum laude, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law