Mr. Honen is leader of the Venture Capital Practice Team and is the Partner in Charge of the firm’s Albany office. He focuses his practice in corporate, finance and venture capital law, as well as complex commercial litigation. Mr. Honen provides corporate counsel to a broad spectrum of companies from start-up to Fortune 50 and has lectured extensively, particularly on topics of corporate law, venture capital and angel investing. He also represents companies in complex commercial litigation matters. Mr. Honen is an adjunct professor at Union Graduate College where he teaches Business Law to MBA candidates, and has guest lectured at Albany Law School of Union University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University at Albany and Ithaca College. He is also acknowledged to be one of the early practitioners of nanotechnology law in Upstate New York, as reported in a March 2003 article in the New York Law Journal. Mr. Honen is also a member of the Canadian Cross Border Team.
Mr. Honen was an Editorial Board Member and a chapter editor of “White’s New York Business Entities” (LexisNexis Matthew Bender), a leading treatise on New York corporate law. He is a former General Editor for the LexisNexis Practice Insights (LexisNexis Online) and has written many articles on business and corporate issues for local publications. He also authored the chapter on “Legal Issues Affecting Private Equity and Venture Backed Companies” in Representing Private Equity and Venture Capital Backed Portfolio Companies (Aspatore/Thomson Reuters 2010).
Mr. Honen has lectured extensively, particularly on topics of corporate law, venture capital and angel investing. He has also served as a judge and mentor in business plan events in New York and Canada, including those at 43 North, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and Communitech. Mr. Honen has testified before a Joint Session of the New York State Legislature on behalf of Universities of Upstate New York Venture Forum (UNYTECH) in support of a proposed $25,000,000 seed stage fund for university-based start-ups. This grew out of his testimony before Governor David Paterson’s Task Force on Diversifying The New York State Economy Through Industry-Higher Education Partnerships on the need for a state-sponsored seed investment fund. Mr. Honen has spoken as a panelist at the annual meetings of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) discussing “Large Company-Small Company Collaborations,” the National Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Conference discussing venture investing, the Vermont Investors’ Forum, and the American Ceramics Society.
HONORS & AWARDS
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
- Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2009
- Jeffrey A. Lawrence Lifetime Contributor Award Recipient, Center for Economic Growth, 2016
Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1985
State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1982
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Tax Court
Ontario, Canada - Foreign Legal Consultant
- FuzeHub, Inc., Manufacturing Innovation Fund Selection Panel, Chair
- Innovate 518, Capital Region Innovation Hot Spot Advisory Committee, Member
- Union Graduate College, Legal Aspects of Business, Adjunct Professor
- WAMC radio, Affiliate on Technology and Venture Capital
- Questar III New Visions Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Guest Speaker
- The Center for Economic Growth, Former General Counsel, Executive Committee Member, and Director
- Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, Former Board Member