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Joseph W. Bartlett

Joseph Bartlett’s focus includes venture capital, where he has been featured in the press and in the community as a leading practitioner, plus a number of other asset and transactional classes.  Thus, he is the primary author of a treatise on leveraged buyouts and was counsel to Bain Capital and Chemical Ventures (now JP Morgan Chase) upon organization.  His experience in M&A ranges from private companies well under one hundred million … to $3 billion reorganizations (Tandem Computer into Compaq).  He has been active in corporate restructurings and distressed assets, his participation ranging from court appointed trustee (the Estate of Charles Brennick) to co-counsel to the DBL Liquidating Trust disposing post confirmation of $3 billion of Drexel’s assets.  He has been involved in organizing private equity funds since the first non-family venture fund, Greylock, was organized and floated in 1965.  His public company experience includes Madison Fund, a closed end registered investment company involved in acquiring control positions in undervalued public companies.

He maintains a personal website,, where potential clients are invited to review such matters as: billing options and alternatives; case studies illustrating advice to clients in situations where leading law firms had been unable or unwilling to put together a workable plan; his published materials and teaching assignments focus on the corporate finance journey from the ‘embryo to the IPO.’

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