Galen R. Mason

Partner

Overview

Galen represents companies, founders, management, and investors in entrepreneurial endeavors – many of which involve building enterprises that have never before been built. He works with clients across the country, involved in all manner of go-to-market strategies – B2B, B2C, marketplace, SaaS, manufacturing, and distribution – and across numerous industries.

Galen advises on topics that touch a company's cap table or an investor’s equity position and further serves as outside general counsel for his clients, discarding trivial issues and identifying and marshaling resources for more complicated problems. He carefully builds and manages a team of Michael Best subject matter experts who provide first-in-class, proactive, and efficient guidance, the delivery of which Galen adjusts with growth of the business. This includes legal and business counsel from formation and early financings to growth stage employment, tax, intellectual property, and regulatory matters, later stage financings, commercial agreements, rapid and discreet dispute resolution, secondary transactions, and ultimately, an exit transaction. Galen fosters meaningful relationships with investors, board members, and fellow service providers across the country – accountants, bankers, advisors, and consultants – to help ensure that the professional expertise a business needs is fully aligned with the resources and objectives at hand.

Passionate and curious about entrepreneurial endeavors, Galen has deep roots in Midwest venture and technology markets. In addition to his more than 15 years as an attorney, he also designed and co-founded a prominent early stage co-working space that uses peer selection to admit founders. Galen also founded and oversees the Midwest arm of a very active venture index fund – participating in a Midwest Series A deal every few weeks alongside many of the most prominent investors in the country. Before joining Michael Best, Galen practiced law at a large international firm.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2016
  • 40 Under 40, Crain’s Chicago Business, 2015
  • Tech 50, Crain’s Chicago Business, 2015
  • Chicago’s 40 Under 40, National Law Journal, 2013

Professional Activities

Member, American Bar Association

Education

Admission

Community Involvement

  • Former Board Member, BUILD, Inc.
  • Co-founder and Former Board Member, Catapult Chicago
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