Kevin Passarello focuses his practice on corporate finance and emerging technology companies out of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. In addition to his legal experience, Kevin is a serial entrepreneur with a proven global operations and management record. Kevin is an entrepreneur-in-residence at both the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech University.
He is also the Innovation Fellow at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech – among the world’s leading “big data analytics” centers, which uses an information biology approach to predict, explain, and visualize the behavior of massively interacting systems in fields as varied as molecular science, transportation and logistics, and policy analysis.
Kevin received his B.A. as valedictorian of St. Vincent College in 1983, where he studied philosophy and classical languages. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986, and then served as law clerk to the (Late) Hon. Carol Los Mansmann of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
After practicing at firms in Pittsburgh (initially at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in 1987) and Washington, Kevin went into business in 1999. He co-founded venture-backed technology companies in the areas of enterprise software and mobile hardware with successful exits, and between them co-founded a $60 million small- to mid-cap private equity buyout fund with over $300 million in M&A transactions. Kevin served in various capacities in these companies, including as President, COO and General Counsel — experiences that uniquely inform his work on behalf of his Firm clients.
During his business ventures, Kevin raised capital from preeminent funds domestically and abroad, including Sequoia Capital, Hg Capital, and L Catterton, as well as from Microsoft and other corporate partners. He co-founded yet another company in 2014 focused on predictive analytics in health care (of which he remains CEO), before re-joining the Firm in 2015. Kevin has hands-on international business experience in Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Kevin’s experience encompasses emerging companies and technology transactions; corporate finance; venture capital and private equity; intellectual property and licensing; mergers and acquisitions; corporate law and governance; legislative and regulatory affairs; and not-for-profit organizations. He serves as a director of Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties and the President’s Advisory Council for the National Capitol Region.
He is President of the Windy Hill Development Corporation, which builds affordable “workforce” housing throughout northern Virginia and leverages Kevin’s experience with low-income housing and historic tax credits. He and his wife actively support the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia and other charities.
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