Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Birmingham, AL.  With the recent addition of a market leading team of Business and IP lawyers from Bradley, Maynard Cooper & Gale (“Maynard Cooper”) is pleased to announce the formation of Maynard Venture Partners, a unique multi-disciplinary team of more than 40 lawyers and other advisors who are passionately focused on representing emerging growth companies and investors in core markets throughout the United States and internationally. As the name for this practice signifies, our objective is clear – we partner with our clients by leveraging our experience, services, network of relationships and other resources to help them achieve their business goals.

Led by James Childs, Maynard Venture Partners represents emerging growth companies and venture capital investors based in our office locations which include San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Birmingham and Huntsville, all prominent cities for entrepreneurs, as well as in other key entrepreneurial markets nationwide.

Greg Curran, the firm’s Chairman and long-time leader of its legacy Emerging Growth practice, stated that “James and I have both worked hard over the past 20 years to build our practices around representing entrepreneurs and investors and promoting the entrepreneurial network in the Birmingham market and beyond.  There is probably no one person in Alabama who has done more to advance the development of our entrepreneurial ecosystem than James Childs.  James and I believe that Birmingham has reached a tipping point and is experiencing a wave of growth and innovation that makes it an exceptionally good place for start-ups to launch and grow their businesses.  We are excited to join forces to enhance our services to help drive the continued success of our thriving local entrepreneurial market and serve clients in other markets who prosper from what we have to offer.”

“I have watched Maynard take calibrated risk to build a robust practice based on team work, creativity and a commitment to establishing offices in the nation’s leading markets, which I believe are essential attributes of any entrepreneurial-focused law firm that aspires to achieve long-term success in this area,” added James Childs.  “We are excited to be a part of Maynard’s existing team of talented and savvy business advisors and to add our experience and expertise to help further expand Maynard’s national platform. Working with Greg and our combined team presents an exciting opportunity that we think will be great for the clients we serve. Since graduating from business school, I have been passionate about participating in this sector, including helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses, helping investors select, structure and close investments in high potential companies, and personally starting and investing in emerging businesses. After knowing him for almost 20 years, I have always recognized those same passions within Greg.  Working together to build something unique around an important and rapidly growing segment of our economy is going to be fun.  We are particularly pleased to have a talented group of young lawyers at the firm who share our passion for focusing in these areas and building a strong practice to support the entrepreneurs in the markets that we serve.”

Maynard Venture Partners provides a comprehensive range of value-added services to participants in the entrepreneurial ecosystem with a broader commitment and vision for serving these companies throughout all stages of their life cycle.  We are business-minded advisors with an emphasis on establishing clear objectives, identifying and solving business and legal issues, and working with each of our clients to establish and execute upon a plan for achieving their near and long term objectives.  With that approach, our legal work will be more focused and thus can be executed efficiently by our team based on our collective body of knowledge, experience and resources. Greg added, “James and I have always been business advisors first and legal advisors second.  This is the approach that will drive this group and that will be central to our offering in the markets that we serve.”

The launch of Maynard Venture Partners comes on the heels of a recent article published in Forbes magazine, “Inside Birmingham’s Bid to Become the Southern Silicon Valley.” Birmingham is increasingly gaining national recognition for its draw on entrepreneurial start-ups.  Maynard Venture Partners serves a broad range of emerging sectors, including FinTech, SaaS, Software, Healthcare IT & Services, Logistics, Digital Media, Cyber Security, Data Science, CleanTech, Clean Foods, Craft Brew & Liquor, Life Sciences (including Medical Devices, Diagnostics and Pharmaceuticals), Materials Science, and Technology Enabled Business Services. Our multi-disciplinary team of lawyers and, when appropriate, others in our network of advisors provide a broad range of business and legal services. To learn more about Maynard Venture Partners, please visit our website, www.maynardventurepartners.com.