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John Goebel's practice is concentrated in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance and venture capital. Mr. Goebel has experience providing corporate counsel to a range of clients, both publicly and privately held, and has represented clients in numerous acquisitions and dispositions involving a variety of tax, accounting, environmental, intellectual property, employee benefits and Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure issues. He also has represented a multitude of companies in capital raising transactions, including initial and follow-on public offerings, private placements, venture capital investments and angel financings.

Mr. Goebel regularly counsels entrepreneurs in all phases of the growth cycle and across a variety of industries, including branded consumer products, technology, financial services, manufacturing, distribution, health care, education, food/beverage and real estate.


Civic Involvement & Honors

    • and Leading Lawyers Magazine, Leading Lawyer (2021-2022)
    • Thomson Reuters Stand-Out Lawyers for Exceptional Service and Professional Excellence (2021-2022)
    • Thomson Reuters Stand-Out Lawyers for Exceptional Service and Professional Excellence (2021-2022)
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Representative Experience

  • Over twenty M&A transactions for a $4 billion private equity fund
  • M&A transactions for 4 platform companies of a $6 billion private equity fund
  • 10 growth equity investments for a venture capital platform providing capital and expertise to emerging brands in the healthy, active and sustainable living space
  • Eight rounds of venture funding and four M&A transactions for Chicago-based fin tech company
  • Acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures for a health insurance platform owned by a consortium of healthcare network payors
  • Acquisitions and license agreements for a global licensee of one of the top 50 global brands
  • IPOs for companies in the bio-pharmaceutical, insurance and school spirit industries
  • Counsel on a wide variety of business arrangements, including stockholders’ agreements, LLC operating agreements, employment agreements, equity incentive arrangements and distribution agreements
  • Specific experience relating to closely-held and family-controlled businesses, including those with multiple generations


  • "Corporate Compliance Under the New Federal Sentencing Guidelines" with George C. McKann, in 38 The Practical Lawyer 83 (1992) and Corporate Secretary’s Guide (CCH) ¶48,209 (1992)
  • "Rules and Standards: A Critique of Two Critical Theorists" in 31 Duquesne Law Review 51 (1992)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Getting the Start-Up Started" presented at National Business Incubators Association Conference, May 2005, Baltimore, Maryland
  • "Acquisition Transaction Role-Play," January 2005
  • "Financings and Acquisitions: Some Do’s and Don’ts," November 2003