Overview

About Ron

Ron provides general counsel and M&A transaction services to owners, investors and management teams. Ron brings over 30 years of legal and business experience in a variety of industries in settings ranging from early stage to mature exit. From 2016 through 2019, Ron was a member of the executive team of High Plateau Capital, where he was responsible for sourcing and executing control and minority investments in sectors that included energy, business services, private aviation and real estate. Ron returned to the firm in 2020 to continue his assistance to firm clients seeking to capture outcomes of strategic importance to their businesses.

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Experience

Experience

  • Advised the management team of an aircraft interiors subsidiary in its potential acquisition from its public company parent
  • Advised the acquiror of a Dallas-market aviation fuel and ground services provider in the purchase improvement and sale of the company
  • Advised the seed capital investor in a new-technology waste motor oil refinery
  • Advised a Boeing Field ground services company in its sale to a private equity infrastructure fund
  • Advised a jet aircraft leasing company in its fleet acquisitions
  • Advised Greenpoint Technologies in its sale to Zodiac Aerospace Group
  • Represented Brookfield Asset Management in the sale of Longview Fibre to KapStone Paper and Packaging
  • Advised Pacific Medical Centers in its strategic affiliation with Providence Health System
  • Advised Valley Electric in its sale to Prospect Capital
  • Represented Ant’s Eye View in its sale to PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Represented Endeavour Capital in its equity investment in Vigor Industrial
  • Represented NANA Development Corporation in its acquisition of Grand Isle Shipyard from Huntsman Gay Global Capital
  • Advised SunPower in the development and financing of its Greater Sandhill project in Alamosa, Colorado
  • Advised The Cobalt Group in its formation and growth and in its acquisition by ADP Dealer Services
  • Represented Sumitomo Forestry in its acquisition of Washington State production facilities
  • Represented Endeavour Capital in the redemption of its equity investment in WinCo Foods
  • Represented ITOCHU Corporation in the acquisition of SolarNet LLC, the then-largest privately held wholesale distributor of solar energy systems in the U.S.
  • Advised General Biodiesel in the purchase from Imperium Renewables of its Seattle biodiesel production facilities
  • Represented Endeavour Capital in its acquisition of National Frozen Foods, a private-label frozen vegetable producer
  • Advised National Frozen Foods in its acquisition of Columbia Foods
  • Advised WatchGuard Technologies in its acquisition of a Toronto network security solutions provider
  • Advised Attachmate Corporation in its acquisition of Wollengong, its merger with DCA, and its sale to Golden Gate Capital, Francisco Partners and Thoma Cressey
  • Represented the RE Lee companies in a multi-state roll-up of North American wholesale life insurance and brokerage providers
  • Acted as investors’ counsel for Blue Point Capital Partners and Northwest Capital Appreciation in the acquisition and consolidation of FM radio station properties
  • Represented Bi-Mart Corporation in its sale to a leveraged ESOP, providing a liquid exit for management and Endeavour Capital
  • Acted as underwriters’ counsel for Alex Brown in the initial public offering of Visio 
  • Acted as company counsel for The Cobalt Group in its venture capital financings and initial public offering
  • Acted as company counsel for ProCyte in its initial public offering
  • Acted as company counsel for NeoRx in its venture capital financings and initial public offering
  • Acted as underwriters’ counsel for Deutsche Morgan Grenfell in the initial public offering of Aris
  • Acted as investors’ counsel for Fluke Venture Partners in its venture investment in PacStar Communications 
  • Acted as investors’ counsel to MK Capital in its investments in Apex Learning and Blue Frog Mobile
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law), 2009-2016
  • Named one of Seattle’s Top Lawyers by Seattle Magazine (Mergers and Acquisitions), 2010
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers (Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions), 2008, 2012-2014
  • Member, Corporate Act Revision Committee, Washington State Bar Association, 1998-2000

Civic Activities 

  • Director, Methow Youth Sports Association, 2002-2008
  • Director, Pipestone Music Institute, 2001-2002
  • Board member, MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest, 1995-1999
  • Board member, Washington State Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, 1991-1994
  • Board member, Ryther Child Center, 1990-1993
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Going Public (coauthor, John Halle), Fifth Edition, 1997
  • “Securities Law Practice,” Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, King County Bar Association, 1991-1996



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