Jackson Ross PLLC

Gary J. Ross

Founder / Managing Attorney

Gary J. Ross focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital and private equity, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. Gary represents private companies (at all stages), angel investors, investment funds, and industry trade associations. Gary has extensive experience advising as to SEC-registered and exempt capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, common and preferred equity offerings and debt offerings. Gary regularly counsels registered and exempt investment advisers as to compliance issues. His experience also includes expert witness engagement in commercial litigation matters.

Gary’s clients include:

  • AngelList
  • AVALT Holdings
  • Bushman Expedition Outfitters
  • Cliintel Capital Group
  • Columbia Heights Initiative
  • Community Wellness Alliance Collaborative
  • The Data Coalition
  • The Data Foundation
  • Geração Alpha
  • G Software
  • Harriet Angels
  • Hedgeable
  • InvestFeed
  • JustWorks
  • Museum of the Future Foundation
  • Premier Indoor Golf
  • Rainhas Churrascaria
  • Republic [Crowdfunding Platform]
  • Serval Ventures
  • Steemit
  • Zenith Global

Gary has also represented angel investors and investment funds in regard to investments in Bats Global Markets (pre-IPO), Bit9, Botanical Investment Group, Cruise Automation, Dextro, Educents, Filament Labs, Lyft, Rentlytics, Rubicon Global, Shred Video, Silverlight Digital, Square (pre-IPO), Weave and many other companies.

Gary is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School, has lectured at schools such as Penn State Dickinson Law, teaches Continuing Legal Education programs on securities law and startup financing, and is a frequent speaker on ethics for small firm practitioners. Gary has been quoted in articles in Corporate CounselThe New York Times and the Associated Press.

Prior to founding Jackson Ross PLLC, Gary worked in the Corporate Transactions & Securities and Capital Markets practice groups at Sidley Austin LLP and Alston & Bird LLP. In 2008, he was seconded by Sidley Austin to serve as in-house counsel at Colgate-Palmolive Company. From 2009 to 2012, Gary served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he oversaw contractors and financial agents engaged by Treasury to provide asset management, advisory, and other services relating to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Gary received his J.D. from Northwestern Law School in 2004 and earned a B.B.A. from the University of Miami in 1994. Prior to attending law school, Gary worked at Ernst & Young LLP and for the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Gary is an avid runner, triathlete, and mountaineer.


  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D. 2004)
  • University of Miami (B.B.A. 1994)

Admitted to Practice:

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia


  • Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law, Master of Science in Jurisprudence Program
    • Introduction to Corporate Law
    • Introduction to Corporate Finance
    • Regulating Depository Banks
    • Regulating Broker-Dealers


  • Securities Regulation Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Vice Chair, Securities Regulation Subcommittee, Middle-Market and Small Business Committee, American Bar Association Business Law Section
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee, American Bar Association Business Law Section


Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • “Securities Law for the Non-Securities Lawyer,” CLE presentation at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, New Orleans LA, April 6, 2017
  • “Federal Securities Law Issues Relating to Equity Investment Platforms,” CLE presentation for Lawline, March 21, 2017
  • “Legal Issues in Startup Financing,” CLE presentation for Clear Law Institute, October 4, 2016
  • “Crowdfunding with SeedInvest & Gary Ross,” presentation for Serval Ventures at Microsoft Flagship Store, New York NY, June 1, 2016
  • “Securities Law for Non-Securities Attorneys: New Developments,” CLE presentation for Clear Law Institute, March 2, 2016
  • “Ethics & the SmallLaw Practitioner Update,” CLE presentation for Lawline, February 27, 2016
  • “The Big Short Explained: Legal Reasoning and Repercussions,” CLE presentation for Lawline, February 18, 2016
  • “What You Need To Know About the 1940 Act(s),” CLE presentation for West LegalEdcenter, February 16, 2016
  • “Ethics: Concerns for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioner,” CLE presentation for Access MCLE, February 4, 2016
  • “Securities Law for Non-Securities Attorneys: New Developments,” CLE presentation for Clear Law Institute, November 18, 2015
  • “Legal Issues in the Various Stages of Startup Financing,” CLE presentation for Lawline, October 26, 2015
  • “Legal Issues for Startups,” CLE presentation for West LegalEdcenter, September 30, 2015
  • “Securities Law for the Non-Securities Attorney,” CLE presentation for Lawline, June 30, 2015
  • “Starting up Smart! Phase 3: Legal Tips for Fundraising Success,” presentation at General Assembly, New York NY, June 10, 2015
  • “Ethics and the SmallLaw Practitioner,” CLE presentation for Lawline, April 23, 2015
  • “Building an Effective Framework to Combat Individual and Organizational Conflict of Interest,” webinar for MetricStream, June 4, 2014