Mr. Lee Petillon

Mr. Lee Petillon will give a public lecture on Tuesday, March 16, 7:00-9:00pm, on “Common Problems on Starting and Operating a Small Business.” During the lecture, he will talk about the common issues and problems all start-ups and small businesses face.

Mr. Petillon practices corporate and securities law with Petillon, Hiraide & Loomis LLP, specializing in the representation of early stage technology companies, and private equity funds. He has been an investment banker, corporate counsel for a venture capital fund, a manufacturing firm and a high technology company. He has co-authored two books, “Research & Development Limited Partnerships,” published by Clark Boardman Co., in 1984 and 1985; and “Representing Start-Up Companies,” published by Thomson West in 1992-2006, and is the author of Chapter 9, Shares of Stock and Shareholders for California Transaction Forms, published by Bancroft-Whitney in 1996.

Mr. Petillon drafted the California Small Corporate Offering Registration (SCOR) bill which became effective January 1, 1993, as well as six other bills introduced in the California Legislature in 1993-2001 to facilitate small company offerings, including the Capital Access Company Act (SB 2189) effective on July 1, 1999, the California Accredited Investor Exemption (AB 1644) 2001, and one bill in Congress: HR 3264, the Small Business Investment Incentive Act of 1999.

He has served as a director of LARTA (Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance), the California Manufacturing Technology Center, and the South Bay Science Foundation, non-profit organizations dedicated to assisting California based technology and manufacturing firms. He is Legal Counsel and a director of, a non-profit national network to bring together entrepreneurs and angel investors. He has also served on the boards of a number of early stage technology companies.

Mr. Petillon was named “Most Outstanding Volunteer, Technology Division – 2000” by the Torrance Chamber of Commerce, and “Small Business Advocate of the Year” for 2001 by the California Chamber of Commerce. He received the 2005 Marvin Greene Award of the Business and Corporations Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Mr. Petillon received a B.B.A. from the University of Minnesota and an L.L.B. from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the State Regulation of Securities Committee and the Venture Capital and Private Equity Committee of the American Bar Association, and has served on various committees of the State Bar of California and the Executive Committee of the Business and Corporations Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He has written numerous articles and given lectures frequently on financing of growing businesses.