The Gray Matter Experience Welcomes Layla Dotson Lumpkin

New Ventures Update

Date: July 19, 2022

Layla Dotson Lumpkin, a partner in the Chicago office, recently joined the Board of Directors for The Gray Matter Experience. Gray Matter is an entrepreneurial experience program for high school students across the country. All programs consist of a series of engaging workshops comprised of team building activities, group and individual tasks, discussions, guest speakers, and fun and engaging field trips.

Layla focuses her practice on venture capital and emerging company transactions and mergers and acquisitions. She counsels early-stage founders throughout the business life cycle, including initial formation, the fundraising process and exit transactions. She acts as outside general counsel for growth companies, such as advising them on early operations and structuring complex commercial arrangements. She counsels investors leading and following SAFE, convertible note and the series alphabet of equity financing rounds. She mentors underrepresented founders and frequently presents on and writes about early-stage company, venture capital and small business legal issues. She also teaches entrepreneurship law and venture capital finance as an adjunct law professor.

We Proudly Sponsor the Women’s Association of Venture & Equity (WAVE)

Thompson Hine is proud to sponsor the upcoming Annual WAVE Golf Outing in Chicago. WAVE is a membership-based association of professional women who work in or are affiliated with the private equity and venture capital industry. WAVE's mission is to promote a spirit of cooperation and understanding among its members and to create professional opportunities for them by providing a strong network of contacts in the private equity and venture capital industry. WAVE's mission will be accomplished by promoting personal and professional development of its members through its events, programs and resources.

The Thompson Hine New Ventures team is very focused on the promotion of women and diversity within the team and in the workplace. Our team fundamentally believes in the power of a multitude of experiences and voices around the table to produce the best possible outcomes for its clients and is committed to hiring the best talent to achieve these goals.

Welcome Jacob Denham

Jake recently joined the firm’s Columbus office as an associate in the Corporate Transactions & Securities practice. He focuses on a broad range of transactional and securities matters, including Investment Management and New Ventures matters. His experience encompasses assisting with corporate acquisitions, sales and unique corporate structurings. He also has experience with mezzanine debt, venture capital and private equity financings.

QuickLaunch: Experienced Guidance for Startups & Investors

Our QuickLaunch program is tailored to entrepreneurs, startups and investors, providing guidance on growth and funding cycles and offering cost-effective counsel on day-to-day legal matters from formation to funding to exits. Our seasoned team helps navigate the confusing waters of growth, funding, expansion and those tricky legal issues that can arise, often at fixed or budgeted pricing developed using our firmwide proprietary SmartPaTH™ tool. To learn more about our tailored, value-enhancing solutions, please visit our QuickLaunch site.


For more information, please contact:

Sean Ganley

Layla Dotson Lumpkin

Lindsay Karas Stencel

Jonathon H. Vinocur