Ryan Wertman, ESQ
Ryan is an experienced (and, above all else, pragmatic) emerging growth and corporate attorney. He represents numerous startups and mid-market companies across the country as an outside general counsel and in formations, commercial transactions, human resources support, seed capital and other general corporate matters.
Prior to co-founding GrowthCounsel, Ryan was the Managing Partner of Wertman Law (2010), a boutique corporate firm providing transactional support and general counsel services to growth companies. He started his career in the corporate department of an AMLAW 100 law firm with an international presence.
In his free time, Ryan enjoys cooking, reading and traveling. He is a firm believer in the power of a yearly sabbatical where he sets up an office in a new location and works remotely for a month or so (while still servicing his clients). Ryan is also a founding member of one of the most dominant dodgeball teams Philadelphia has ever seen, The Honey Badgers. Above all else, Ryan is in perpetual pursuit of the perfect taco and wholeheartedly believes that his Wu-Tang socks are the perfect dress attire for a business meeting.
- Juris Doctor, William & Mary Law School (America Reads Tutor, Softball Dynamo)
- B.A., William & Mary (Dean’s List, Full Athletic Scholarship)
- New Jersey
Geoff Schwartz, ESQ
Geoff has significant experience working with companies at all stages of development, from pre-revenue startups to high-growth technology companies. The focus of his practice is in representing companies in financings and mergers and acquisitions, as well as serving as outside general counsel to startups and emerging growth companies. His clients regularly turn to him for advice on general corporate, intellectual property, commercial contract, employment, benefits, and other matters, to help them achieve their business and legal goals.
Geoff views himself as an ambassador for his clients, actively making targeted introductions to financing sources, consultants, employees and other potential drivers of value for their businesses.
In addition to his work on the company side, Geoff represents venture capital funds and angel investors in seed through growth-stage financings.
Prior to co-founding GrowthCounsel, Geoff spent over 10 years in the corporate departments of two AMLaw100 firms. He was one of the leaders of his previous firm’s emerging company practice group, spearheading the firm’s outreach to the Greater Philadelphia startup and tech communities.
Geoff lives in Center City, Philadelphia, with his wife, dog, cat, and 7-year-old twins. He enjoys traveling and bike rides with the family, and in his free time binge-watches way too much TV.
- Juris Doctor, The University of Pennsylvania Law School
- B.A., Brown University (Magna Cum Laude)
- New Jersey
John Kirk, ESQ
John is both active startup founder and attorney, who relinquished his “recovering attorney” status to advise other startups through his unique perspective. John is Co-founder and CEO of SaaS collaboration company Cnverg, and splits his time between the Austin and Philly Metro areas where Cnverg is based.
As an attorney, John is passionate about advising early stage companies where he truly understands the issues they face, and ecosystem they inhabit, where pitfalls are numerous, mistakes can be devastating, and where his insight having walked the path tread by startup teams can yield the right guidance at crucial points in the startup lifecycle. John focuses on early formation decisions and agreements, securities and financing issues, and actively counsels blockchain and cryptocurrency focused startups on issues ranging from contracting with cross-border teams, to early licensing, development, and the path to ICO.
After moving to Austin from Wilmington, DE, John embraced his love of barbeque to prove that a Delawarean can master brisket, and searches for Texans who can do likewise for hoagies and cheesesteaks. John lives in South Austin with his wife, daughter, dog, and cat, and does his best to balance the number of dogs, cats, chickens, and goats with the expectations of his daughter.
- Juris Doctor, Delaware Law School of Widener University (pro bono distinction, Mock Trial)
- B.A., University of Delaware
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court