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Charles J. Morton, Jr.
Recognized for many years as one of the best middle-market deal lawyers in the United States, Chuck Morton co-chairs Venable's nationally prominent Corporate Practice Group, splitting his time between Venable's Washington and Baltimore offices. His practice focuses on the healthcare, technology, and consumer products industries. He assists lenders, investors, and entrepreneurs as they create, build, and buy or sell businesses. He regularly acts on behalf of private equity groups and banks.
Since 2012, The Legal 500, which provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage on recommended lawyers, has recognized Chuck as one of an elite group of "Leading Lawyers" in the United States doing middle-market M&A transactions. The Legal 500 describes him as "extremely knowledgeable… and a great negotiator." In other publications, clients describe him as "unwavering in his commitment to us" (Chambers USA 2010), "smart, pragmatic, responsive and creative" (Chambers USA 2012), and "one of the most skilled M&A attorneys I have worked with … always astutely prepared and able to frame the issues in a manner that provides comfort to the client, ever mindful of the 'big picture'" (2012 US News & World Report/Best Lawyers in America). For the past 8 years, Best Lawyers in America has recognized him in six categories: Corporate Law, Leverage Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Structured Finance Law, Technology Law, and Venture Capital. Each year since 2008, he has been tapped as one of five top M&A lawyers in Maryland by Maryland Super Lawyers. He has been Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Rated (the highest possible rating) since 2000.
Chuck is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one-third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation. He has been similarly recognized by the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Baltimore City.
Examples of Recent Matters
- Represented a professional engineering firm in its growth and subsequent exit.
- Represented RWD Technologies, LLC in the sale of its business, which provides human and operational performance improvement solutions, to General Physics Corporation for approximately $28 million.
- Representing companies that develop and market battery operated vehicles. Assist with capital formation, licensing, development and joint venture agreements.
- Represented an IT solutions company in the $200 million sale of its software suite to a portfolio company of a private equity firm, which specializes in investing in a variety of sectors including business services, consumer products, media, technology and telecom.
- Represented an early stage, direct response, online marketing firm as it secured its first round of outside investment.
- Represented a bank in the development of its financing efforts to fund solar projects.
- Represented a cyber-security firm as it navigated through a minority shareholder dispute and recapitalization.
- Representing, as lead counsel, a syndication of five banks in a loan of up to $250 million to a leading consumer products company secured by domestic and international assets.
- Representing the borrower in a music publishing transaction including a $330 million equity investment and a senior subordinated financing of $70 million in the context of a workout.
- Represented an advertising agency in its growth and subsequent exit.
- Representing, as lead counsel, subordinated lenders in transactions totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. These transactions have been secured and unsecured, with equity (including warrants) and without. The investments have been made by SBIC's and private equity groups.
- Representing, as lead counsel, an electronics manufacturer in its sale to a Fortune 100 company for $165 million.
- Representing, as lead counsel, a private equity firm in its equity investment in a specialty food company.
- Representing, as lead counsel, the junior generation in an intra-family purchase of a successful consumer products company with a transaction value of approximately $20 million.
- Representing, as lead counsel, a computer gaming company, founded by Sid Meier, in its sale to a publicly traded entity for a value, including earn-outs, of more than $22 million.
- Representing, as lead counsel, the majority shareholders in a multi-year dispute with a minority shareholder.
- Representing, as lead counsel, the junior generation in an intra-family business dissolution involving more than $100 million in assets.
- Representing, as lead counsel, the borrower in a $35 million second lien financing.
- Representing, as lead counsel, one side in the dissolution of a leading regional accounting firm.
- Representing leading life-science researchers in their approved outside activities, before Congress, in their departure from government employment and affiliation with a university, and in the development, financing and growth of their private sector business.
- Representing, as outside general counsel, hundreds of growing firms across the United States.
Outside of Venable, Chuck is the past Chairman of the global board of directors of the Association for Corporate Growth. ACG's 14,000 members are the investors, lenders, advisors and leaders of more than 20,000 middle-market companies. Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth is a global organization with 56 chapters. Chuck also has a faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins University where he teaches various business classes, served as the Chairman of the Technology Development Corporation of Maryland (TEDCO), and is the former General Counsel for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
Chuck lives in Baltimore with his wife and four children where he is active in many charitable organizations, including serving as Past Chair of the Pastoral Council at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.