Harold Slawik

Co-Founder New Counel

May 13th 12:00 PM McNeely 116

Harold J. Slawik is a business attorney with extensive experience representing technology companies.

Mr. Slawik received a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in 1982 majoring in philosophy. In 1988 he received a J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law where he was on law review and an academic scholarship winner. Mr. Slawik is admitted to practice before the federal and state courts of Minnesota.

Mr. Slawik joined Dudley and Smith, P.A. in St. Paul, Minnesota as an associate attorney in 1988 practicing in corporate law, litigation, and real estate. In 1990 he started his own law firm concentrating on corporate and real estate law.

In 1995 Mr. Slawik joined Ensodex, Inc., a startup company and former client in St. Paul that provided database tools and services for large business, such as the Ford Motor Company. Mr. Slawik was Vice President focusing on capital funding, business development, and legal issues.

In 1996 he took a position as General Counsel for Diba, Inc. of Menlo Park, California, a high-profile software developer creating embedded applications for consumer products, including the development of technology in conjunction with Samsung that allowed viewers to use their television to surf the Internet. At Diba Mr. Slawik did equity deals totaling $10M and technology transactions with most of the major consumer electronics companies, including NEC, Zenith, Mitsubishi, Thompson, and Alcatel. Mr. Slawik managed the sale of Diba to Sun Microsystems in 1997 for approximately $50M dollars. Mr. Slawik then joined Sun as an Associate General Counsel doing technology development and licensing transactions for the microprocessor business division. Mr. Slawik represented Sun in its first-ever technology transaction with Sony Corporation.

In 1998 Mr. Slawik left Sun to co-found Niku Corporation in Redwood City, California. Niku developed enterprise applications software for professional services companies. As Sr. Vice President of Corporate Development Mr. Slawik helped Niku secure $75 million in private equity, and had direct responsibility for 7 company acquisitions with valuations from $5M to $125M. Niku went public in February 2000 at a $2.4B market capitalization and raised over $220M, making it one of the 20 largest technology IPO’s in the 1995 through 2000 time period.

Mr. Slawik left Niku in late 2000 to return to Minnesota with his family. In 2001 he started Cohort Capital, LLC, a private equity fund focusing on software companies in Minnesota and Silicon Valley. Portfolio companies include GovDelivery, Synchrono, and One True Media.

Mr. Slawik founded New Counsel, PA with John Roberts in 2006.

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