MATTHEW C. MCELWEE

Matthew McElwee is one of the Founding Members of RM Law Group LLC. He provides legal counsel, representation and consulting on corporate transactions of all kinds, including representing companies and investors in venture capital transactions, M&A (buy- and sell-side), and acting as outside counsel to startups, founder teams and growth-stage companies.

Matthew regularly advises his clients on a wide variety of corporate matters, including entity formation, contracts, employee matters and raising capital. As a founder, investor and operator of several venture stage companies, Matthew is uniquely familiar with entrepreneurship, company formation and the acquisition and management of funding for startups.

Matthew has worked at some the largest firms in Chicago, IL (Kirkland & Ellis; Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg; and McDonald Hopkins), but entered private practice in 2020 to tailor his approach and his rates to the early-stage startups that he loves to work with. 

Matthew earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2016 and his B.S. in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012. While attending law school, Matthew received the Charles Shaw Award for his work as a staff member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. As President of the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society, he also won the 2015 National Moot Court Competition and was selected as one of the Top 5 Oral Advocates in both the 2015 and 2016 American Bar Association Competitions.

Representative Matters

Represented a startup founder in her entity's formation and subsequent $500K SAFE financing 

Represented Chicago startups in various Series Seed and Series A financings, ranging from $750K to $10M

Represented a single founder in his divestment purchase from a parent company in a transaction valued at $550K 

Represented a late-stage privately-held company in its $375M+ Series D Financing

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