Darren serves as legal counsel to a wide range of clients, focusing on venture capital investment, private equity, angel investment, mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property, licensing, corporate, technology and other transactional matters across a variety of industries, including software, “green” and sustainable industries, web design, ASP, professional services, travel, engineering, retail, publishing, manufacturing, insurance, advertising, food services and location based technologies.
Darren serves as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, teaching an upper level course entitled Structuring Venture Capital Transactions. In addition, he has guest lectured at DePaul University in Chicago on a number of occasions regarding intellectual property and corporate issues. Darren regularly moderates venture capital panels in and around Chicago, including a heavily-attended presentation sponsored by the Northwestern University Small Business Opportunity Center.
Darren is also one of the founding members of Old Willow Partners, LLC, a boutique private equity firm based in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
Darren spent his first six years after law school practicing corporate law at two first-tier law firms based in Chicago, Illinois, and the next two years as the Vice President of Business Development and Legal Affairs at MachineTools.com, a leading business-to-business metalworking machinery marketplace.
In his free time, Darren writes a monthly travel column for The Chicago Tribune.
Darren received his BA in 1991 from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in International Relations, and his J.D. in 1994 from the U.C.L.A. School of Law.