Randy Adler is the Co-chair of Barton’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice. Randy represents businesses in all stages of development as well as investors seeking opportunities in today’s innovation economy. From entity formation and financing – seed, early-stage and late-stage venture capital and private equity – to public offerings and mergers and acquisitions, Randy guides his clients through the full corporate life cycle.
As a nationally-recognized leader in emerging growth companies and venture capital, Randy’s philosophy is that a growing business needs a lawyer who steps in as chief adviser, who shares in the company’s vision and strategic planning, and whose role is to identify and solve problems before they arise. Randy acts as an outside general counsel, handling everything from corporate governance and executive compensation agreements to commercial contracts and major financings. Randy also regularly advises boards of directors on make-or-break strategic issues affecting companies.
Randy routinely draws upon the experience of his partners to handle additional client matters including privacy and data security, intellectual property protection and licensing, employment, benefits and tax.
Randy’s industry experience is vast and spans a wide range, from the traditional to the innovative, including augmented reality/virtual reality, beauty, consumer packaged goods, cybersecurity, digital media and advertising, e-sports, fintech, food & beverage, hardware, healthcare, internet of things, machine learning, PropTech, and software as a service (SaaS).
Randy is a legal adviser to The MIT Innovation Initiative-DesignX, an academic platform dedicated to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship in design, cities and the built environment. At Brooklyn Law School, he is an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching courses on Entrepreneurship Law and Transactional Skills for Startups. He also serves as mentor at Columbia Business School to students in the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO), a student-led group with more than 400 MBA students.
Randy began his legal career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He later co-founded a firm, modeling it as a “startup for startups,” and built it into one of New York’s premier boutique law firms. That firm’s success led to its merger with Dentons LLP. Just prior to Barton, Randy was the National Co-chair of Fox Rothschild LLP’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Practice Group.