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Van Katzman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Seattle, WA

Ascent Law Partners, LLP
1191 2nd Ave, Suite 1800
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-264-3076
Fax: 206-374-3044
Email: Van Katzman
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
Licensed in Washington Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Energy & Natural Resources
Attorney Profile

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.

About Van Katzman

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
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Office Location for Van Katzman

1191 2nd Ave
Suite 1800
Seattle, WA 98101

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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