Obituary for Joseph W. Bartlett

BARTLETT, Joseph W. Born on June 14, 1933, in Boston, MA. He was the oldest son of Charles William Bartlett and Barbara Hasting Bartlett. He died in Stamford, CT on March 27, 2019, at the age of 85, and was predeceased by his brothers, Albert “Gus” Bartlett and Samuel B. Bartlett. Joe graduated from Phillips Academy Andover (1951), Harvard College (1955), and Stanford Law School (1960).

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Academic and Civic:

Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Member, Board of Trustees and various Committees, Montefiore Medical Center; Board Member, Wurzweiler School of Social Work; Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Member American Law Institute; Board Member, Community Development Venture Capital Alliance; Chair, (Emeritus) Advisory Council to the Public Policy Committee of the Angel Capital Association..


President of Stanford Law Review; Order of the Coif; Acting Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Law; Courtesy Professor, Johnson School of Business, Cornell University; Instructor in Law, Boston University Law School; Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School; Board of Visitors, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Board of Visitors, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy;  President, Boston Bar Association; Senior Professional Fellow, NYU Center for Law and Business

Federal Government:

Law Clerk, Chief Justice Earl Warren, United States Supreme Court (1960 term); Undersecretary (promoted from General Counsel), United States Department of Commerce, Director, Office of Foreign Direct Investment; Chairman, Health, Education & Welfare Task Force on Universal Social Security Coverage; 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Field Artillery

    State Government:

Counsel to the Commissioner of Administration, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Special Counsel, Massachusetts Turnpike Authority

    City Government:

Special Counsel, Boston Redevelopment Authority

    Awards & Honors

McCarter English, LLP Attorneys Named in 2015 Best Lawyers®


Leveraged Buyouts, ALM (September 2007); Joseph W. Bartlett, Peter L. Korn, Jr., David Mittelstadt, Cathy L. Reese, and Michael Rueda

Raising Capital For Dummies (Hungry Minds, 2002), Joseph W. Bartlett, Peter Economy

Compensation Structures for Venture Backed Companies- How to Structure Compensation, Stock Options, Retirement, Debt & Bonus Plans for Management and Employees Joseph Bartlett and Ross P. Barrett, Aspatore (2004; Supps. 2002-2009)

Advanced Private Equity Term Sheets and Series A Documents (American Lawyer Media, Law Journal Press, November 2003; Supps. 2004-2015), edited by Joseph W. Bartlett, Ross Barrett and Michael Butler

Fundamentals of Venture Capital, (Madison, December 1999), Joseph W. Bartlett

Equity Finance: Venture Capital, Buyouts, Restructurings and Reorganizations, (Aspen, 1995, Supps. 1996 2015), Joseph W. Bartlett

    Corporate Restructurings: Reorganizations and Buyouts, (Wiley, May 1991, Supps. 1992-1993)

Venture Capital: Law, Business Strategies, and Investment Planning, (Wiley, 1988, Supps. 19891994), Joseph W. Bartlett

The Law Business: A Tired Monopoly (Rothman, 1982), Joseph W. Bartlett

Numerous articles in major publications.


Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, 1951

Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, 1955, A.B.

Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA, 1960, L.L.B.

Founder, Chairman, VC, Inc.

Editor-in-Chief, the Encyclopedia of Private Equity and Venture Capital (see