Emerging Companies and Venture Capital


The foundational practice area of Optimal is our expertise in representing venture-backed emerging technology and CPG companies.

Our Partners and Senior Attorneys trained in the country’s top startup ecosystems and elite law firms, and Optimal clients have been backed by the world’s top venture capitalists. We scale from formation, through financing, to exit.

Law firms that our lawyers have trained at and/or regularly negotiate across from include:

  • Cooley
  • WSGR
  • Fenwick
  • Gunderson
  • Goodwin
  • Latham
  • Orrick
  • DLA Piper

Our top-tier client base has raised pre-seed through growth-stage funding from elite venture capitalists, including:

  • Accel
  • A16z
  • Bessemer
  • Founders Fund
  • Khosla
  • Kleiner Perkins
  • Sequoia
  • Susa
  • Draper
  • Y Combinator

With a national roster of elite attorneys, supported by our network of specialist attorneys, we serve clients in all the major tech ecosystems, including:

  • Silicon Valley
  • NYC
  • Los Angeles
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Washington DC
  • Denver
  • Seattle
  • Miami

Venture and angel-backed companies choose Optimal when they want the elite experience and specialization of the world’s largest startup-focused law firms, but also the hands-on attention and advisory of a lean boutique practice. Clients engage Optimal for top-tier strategic advisory from lawyers who understand market norms, without delivering "cookie-cutter" or inflexible counsel.