Jennifer A. Post has extensive experience in counseling growth companies in all phases of development. Her practice includes working with entrepreneurs, startup companies and investors in private and public securities offerings, capital markets transactions, venture capital financings and secured lending. Jennifer’s wide-range of expertise further includes business formations, M&A, public offerings and SEC reporting and compliance.
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Gia Twine advises companies ranging from small, privately held entities to large, public corporations in a variety of industries. She is an experienced and disciplined corporate and securities lawyer who consistently provides the highest-quality legal services to her clients. She is responsive, thoughtful and thorough in her representation and strives to achieve her clients’ goals in an efficient and straightforward manner.
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Deanna Whitestone advises privately and publicly held companies in corporate, securities and transactional matters. Her practice includes entity formation, negotiating, drafting and reviewing various commercial contracts and advising on employment matters. Her transactional experience includes private and public offerings of debt and equity securities, PIPE transactions and mergers and acquisitions, including reverse mergers.
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Richard McKilligan counsels companies in the areas of formation, contract negotiation, business combinations and periodic filings with the SEC. Mr. McKilligan has experience advising a wide variety of companies both as outside counsel and as internal company counsel. Mr. McKilligan’s accounting and financial experience allow him to provide his clients with an understanding of the financial risks and benefits of particular transactions.
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Jennifer A. Post frequently counsels companies in the areas of executive compensation, board of director duties, intellectual property development and exploitation, strategic partnerships and senior and subordinated credit financings. Ms. Post also represents companies undergoing turn-around transactions, restructuring and distress sales. Ms. Post brings a well developed perspective and common sense judgment to problem-solving and transaction management. She seeks to balance legal requirements with the on-going business needs and realities of her clients. Her deep skill set and broad experience allow her to be both creative and aggressive in helping her clients succeed.
Ms. Post was a partner with the major Boston law firm Edwards & Angell (now Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge) before moving to California in 2002. Prior to that, she practiced with the leading high tech and venture capital firm, Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, where she began her career and practiced for eight years. Since relocating to California, she has served as counsel to a boutique venture capital firm in the San Francisco Bay area and with Richardson & Patel in Los Angeles.
Ms. Post holds a B.A., cum laude with High Honors, from Brandeis University (1986), and a J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School (1990), where she was an editor of the Transnational Law Journal. She was also selected from a pool of national applicants to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program, where she served as a law clerk to the United States Trustee in Boston. Ms. Post has received awards for pro bono service and has served on the boards of bar associations and nonprofit organizations. She has been a panelist, speaker and facilitator at numerous educational and industry events and has authored articles in the areas of securities, venture capital, insolvency and fiduciary duties.
American Bar Association
Beverly Hills Bar Association
Beverly Hills Bar Association Business Law Section – Committee Member
Financial Services Industry eXchange (FSIX), Los Angeles Chapter, Member, Board of Directors
Provisors Los Angeles – Executive Committee (Century City 6)
Admitted in the State of California (2002) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1990).
Ms. Twine’s practice includes the preparation of registration statements, private offering memoranda, annual, quarterly and current reports and proxy statements. Ms. Twine also has experience in entity formation, private offerings of debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. She has significant experience drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts as well as shareholder agreements, investor rights agreements and employment agreements.
Ms. Twine began her career as a corporate associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and worked for several years as a corporate associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Prior to joining the Law Office of Jennifer A. Post, Ms. Twine was an associate practicing in the areas of corporate and securities law at Richardson & Patel LLP.
Ms. Twine holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
Ms. Whitestone has extensive SEC experience assisting publicly-traded companies with corporate governance matters, public disclosure issues, and preparation and filing of securities registration statements, proxy statements and quarterly and annual reports under the 1933 Securities Act and 1934 Exchange Act.
Ms. Whitestone began her legal career as a securities regulator at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) where she worked in both the Department of Enforcement and the Department of Member Regulation. Prior to joining the Law Office of Jennifer A. Post, Ms. Whitestone was an associate practicing in the areas of corporate and securities law at Richardson & Patel LLP.
Ms. Whitestone holds a B.S. with honors from the Portland State University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Southwestern University School of Law, where she served as Lead Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas and as a writer for the Wagner National Labor Law moot court team. While serving on the Journal, Ms. Whitestone published an article entitled “The Response to Enron in the U.S. and Canada: Are Principles-Based Accounting Standards More Effective at Preventing Financial Fraud?”
Mr. McKilligan was formerly the General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer of Derycz Scientific, Inc. during its initial registration as a public company and for several years during the company’s development. Prior to moving to California, Mr. McKilligan was an associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in their New York and London offices where he advised clients on periodic SEC filings as well as a variety of sophisticated equity and debt financings. Prior to that, he was an associate with Hunton & Williams where he advised clients on lease financing transactions. Mr. McKilligan is admitted to practice law in California, Florida and New York.
Mr. McKilligan holds a B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1985), an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (1993) and a J.D. from Cornell Law School (1997). Mr. McKilligan was a law clerk for Judge Robert M. Gross, on Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal for one year following graduation from law school. Mr. McKilligan has competed in various equestrian competitions and triathlons.