Kaleo Legal represents clients from early stage ventures to large complex businesses in all aspects of corporate law. Representation includes choice of entity discussions, entity formation, and entity maintenance. We advise clients on a range of limited liability company structural and governance issues and are well versed in the use of the LLC form for various types of commercial enterprises. We help clients form and maintain corporations, and navigate the increasingly complicated corporate structural issues as our clients take on new investment. In addition, we help our clients to create and navigate more complicated corporate family structures, always with a keen eye to achieving their business goals.
Corporate Law Team:
As an experienced attorney specializing in corporate and securities law, Tina has broad experience advising public and private company clients on a broad range of regulatory and transactional matters. After graduating from law school at the University of Virginia, Tina practiced as an in-house corporate and securities attorney at Norfolk Southern Corporation, a Fortune 500 NYSE company, until becoming one of the founding members of Kaleo Legal. In addition to advising public companies, Tina assists individual founders, startups and growing companies on debt and equity financings, and on a variety of strategic corporate transactions. She also routinely advises investors and investor groups on potential investment portfolio opportunities. Tina is the Vice Chair of 757 Angels, a member of the Board of Directors of Women in Venture, and just finished her term as Chairman of the Board of the d’Art Center. Tina is recognized in Virginia for Corporate/M&A law by Chambers and Partners.
- Tina has served as advisor for boards of directors of public companies, including as special advisor to the audit committee, and as counsel to directors in their roles as board members and committee chairmen of public companies.
- Tina has experience with all areas of compliance and corporate governance, including drafting and implementing policies and education programs, and conducting investigations and reviews.
- Tina has extensive financing experience including seed, angel and follow on rounds of private placements.
- Tina has acquired particular expertise in facilitating corporate structure and strategy decisions, and in counseling growing companies on financing and growth decisions.
- Tina has experience structuring and drafting executive compensation programs.
Years of Experience: 20
Past Work Experience: Norfolk Southern Corporation
Awards & Honors: UVA Z Society Shannon Award, Order of the Coif, Raven Society, Chambers USA; Inside Business Women in Business Achievement Award
Bar Admissions: Virginia
Mike’s practice is focused on start-up businesses and entrepreneurs. Following his graduation with honors from the Duke Law School Masters of Law program in Law and Entrepreneurship he has been providing outside counsel services for a wide range of early stage and high-growth clients in the greater Richmond area. He advises and assists business clients with corporate and intellectual property law issues as well as startup companies raising capital through private equity offerings, from pre-seed startup capital to later stage venture capital offerings. In addition he serves as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Richmond where he teaches courses in business and intellectual property law, including Advising the Entrepreneur and Drafting Intellectual Property Transactions.
He is committed to helping clients build their innovative ideas into successful businesses. Mike also serves as a mentor to entrepreneurs across the entrepreneurial ecosystem, volunteering with Startup Virginia, Lighthouse Labs to provide support for the startup community.
Mike received his B.A. from Middlebury College, followed by a Master’s degree from Norwich University before attending the Richmond University School of Law, graduating with honors and awards for excellence in the studies of Intellectual Property.
As the former EVP-Law and Administration and Chief Legal Officer, and former EVP-Chief Strategy Officer at Norfolk Southern Corporation, a Fortune 250, NYSE company, John has significant experience working with clients on a broad range of issues, including regulatory, legislative, and government relations issues; transactional matters; antitrust issues; litigation strategy; and board issues. He has worked with companies of all sizes to advance their business interests through effective lawyering.
John has the unique background of having worked in all three branches of the federal government, including as a law clerk on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as Chief of Staff of a federal regulatory agency, and as counsel to a congressional committee.
John has served on the Board of Directors of Conrail and as president of two captive insurance companies. He currently serves on the Board of advisors for two start-up companies: Telegraph Systems and AttorneyLive.
He works with law departments and other operational groups in companies to help them clean out the ballast, focus on the work that matters, and make a difference to the business. For law departments, he helps them provide quality, timely, legal advice; position their client for positive outcomes; develop their people; and do the first three in a cost-effective manner. He is the author of the “Law Departments Insights” blog at https://lawdepartmentinsights.blogspot.com/
Years of Experience: 24
Awards & Honors: Virginia Legal Elite (multiple years); Secretary’s Team Award from Secretary of Transportation, Norman Y. Mineta; Eagle Scout
Bar Admissions: Virginia
Jennifer Burnett’s practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, including commercial leasing, commercial real estate development, and the purchase and sale of commercial real estate, and general business and commercial law and related transactions, including contract negotiations, entity formation, corporate governance, financings, commercial loans, credit facilities, and capital raising. She advises and assists a diverse client base on a wide range of matters within her practice areas, and particularly enjoys being an integral part of her client’s team, providing them with trusted legal and business counsel through each life cycle of their business. Jennifer has considerable expertise in mergers and acquisitions deal strategy and related contract drafting and negotiations, in drafting and negotiating complex commercial leases, and in navigating her clients through the purchase and sale of businesses, interests related thereto, and commercial real estate.
After graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2008, she began her career as an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP (now Womble Bond Dickinson), practicing in their Greensboro, NC office. Before joining Kaleo Legal in November 2021, Jennifer was a Shareholder with the firm of Clement & Wheatley, located in Danville, VA. Prior to law school, Jennifer was a Corporate & Securities paralegal for 10 years, working in the in-house legal departments of Burlington Industries, Inc. and VF Corporation, and with the law firm of Womble Carlyle. She graduated *magna cum laude* from Meredith College in 1994.
North Carolina Bar Association: Member; Member of Business Law Section and Real Property Law Section
Virginia Bar Association: Member; Member of Business Law Section and Real Property Law Section
Virginia Museum of Natural History: Member, Board of Trustees (Governor-appointed position) since July 1, 2015 – Term Expires June 30, 2025; Chair, Board of Trustees – July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022