Jeffrey C. Robbins

Attorney

Minneapolis

612-672-3706

jrobbins@messerlikramer.com

Assistant: Jaimi Dittmer

612-672-3636

Profile

For over 30 years, Jeff has represented entrepreneurs who start and grow technology-based enterprises and angel and venture investors who target those companies. Clients seek his assistance in strategic business plan development; entity selection and formation; private and public fundraising (including crowdfunding) and securities law compliance; employment and compensation plans and agreements; and merger and acquisition activities.  Having started two companies in the entertainment ticketing industry, Jeff understands the challenges and demands faced by business owners and uses his experience when providing counsel to his clients.

Jeff is the founder of AngelPolleNation, a Twin Cities networking organization that furthers awareness, communication and education among solo investors, informal investment clubs and formal angel investment groups.  APN has hosted over 25 quarterly events and profiled over 60 companies since inception in 2011.  APN also runs Piranha Pool™, an annual live investor event at the spring MinneBar tech conference.  Jeff is an advisory board member to Gopher Angels, a local investor network and he is a judge in the high tech division of the annual Minnesota Cup business plan competition.

Jeff serves a board member of Venture Academies, a charter school that started up in fall 2013. A Gates Foundation award winning recipient, VA utilizes blended learning strategies with a technology twist to nurture budding entrepreneurs through high school.  Jeff is also a board member of the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company – the only independent theater company in the U.S.  that stages stories about Jewish history and culture with themes universal to people of all backgrounds.

Representative Experience
  • Represented numerous early-stage startup companies across a diverse set of industries, including When I Work, Zipnosis, Reemo Health, Total Expert, Basin Commerce, CoreBiome and SmartImplantSystems. 

  • Represented various venture and angel investors, including Brightstone Venture Capital, the Sofia Angel Fund and StarTec Investments.

  • Represented Fremont Industries on its $40 million sale in 2017 to Japanese chemicals and ultrapure water specialist Kurita.

  • Represented Asure Software, a Nasdaq-listed software company, in connection with $50 million of underwritten public offerings of common stock, private placements, ten acquisitions, various agreements, and SEC reporting and compliance.

  • Represented a NYSE-listed public company with total assets of approximately $400 million in connection with SEC reporting and compliance (e.g., proxy statements, 10-Ks, 10-Qs and 8-Ks, S-8s, Forms 3, 4 and 5 and insider trading polices) and general corporate matters.

Publications & Presentations

Publications 

Presentations 

  • Interview, “Minnesota Entrepreneurs Grow with Crowdfunding” – KSTP Eyewitness News

 

Professional & Community

Admissions 

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Associations 

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement 

  • AngelPolleNation, Founder
  • Carlson School of Management MBA Program at the University of Minnesota, Regular lecturer on entrepreneurial business law
  • Gopher Angels, Advisory Board Member
  • Kauffman Foundation FastTrac TechVenture program, Lecturer on entrepreneurial business law
  • Minnesota Cup statewide business plan competition, Judge
  • Venture Academies, Board Member