Van Katzman

Top rated Business & Corporate attorney in Seattle, Washington

Ascent Law Partners, LLP
Van Katzman
Ascent Law Partners, LLP

Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy & Natural Resources

Licensed in Washington since: 1994

Education: University of Virginia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023

Ascent Law Partners, LLP

1191 2nd Ave
Suite 1800
Seattle, WA 98101 Phone: 206-264-3076 Email: Van Katzman Visit website


Van brings a pragmatic, business-centric approach in counseling companies and senior management teams, developed through over twenty five years of experience working in legal, strategic and operating roles in both start-up and Fortune 500 companies. During that span, he has negotiated countless transactions, helped companies raise capital (venture, angel, and senior debt), spearheaded mergers and acquisitions (buy-side, sell-side, and private equity), forged business development opportunities and joint ventures, counseled companies on employment, regulatory, and ethical issues, and served as a trusted sounding board to numerous CEOs.  Van also counsels investors on angel, venture and other strategic investments. In addition to his broader technology practice, Van has a deep environmental business and policy background, and works extensively with clean tech and other green ventures, providing legal and business counsel, transactional work, capital raising, M&A, licensing, and related matters.

First Admitted: 1994, Washington

Professional Webpage:

  • Virgina Law Review; Order of the Coif; Traynor Prize
Educational Background:
  • Yale University (BA , 1989); George Washington University (MA in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy, 1991). 
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member of Washington State Bar
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors, PAWS, 2020
  • Board of Trustees, University Prep, 2020
  • Board of Trustees - UCDS, 2020
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Taught a class on Entrepreneurship to students at University Prep , Faculty, Entrepreneurship Course, 2020
  • Practical Matters for Start-up Companies and the Law, Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School Of Law
Industry Groups:
  • Clean Tech
  • Environmental Services
  • Life Sciences
  • SaaS
  • Software

Office location for Van Katzman

1191 2nd Ave
Suite 1800
Seattle, WA 98101


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023

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