Max has spent over a decade practicing corporate law at top law firms, within a startup company and on his own, helping high growth companies, their founders, and stakeholders navigate every important stage of growth from inception to exit.   Max focuses on venture capital and private financing, startup and high growth company representation, investor counsel, mergers and acquisitions, and day to day general corporate and contract work.  With experience serving as COO in a startup company, he has a key business perspective that helps him "quarterback" client teams making important legal decisions.


Max was a member of the executive team at Windpact, Inc., and previously practiced law at Cooley LLP and Holland & Knight LLP.  Max earned his JD from Vanderbilt University Law School as well as a Law and Business certificate from the Owen School of Management.  Max is a member of the Virginia State Bar. 

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Elias Kwon


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Elias’ practice specializes in the representation of disruptive emerging and startup companies from various industries ranging from life science, technology and digital media. Elias has worked from day one with venture capital / growth equity firms and their portfolio companies as well as venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, joint ventures and general corporate governance matters. As a second-generation immigrant from a family of small business entrepreneurs, Elias has a hardcoded drive to help his clients achieve their goals. 

Prior to Triumph, Elias practiced law at Lowenstein Sandler LLP in New York.  Elias earned his JD from Duke University School of Law and is a member of the New York State Bar. 


technology transactions

Nicole is an experienced technology transactions counsel who applies extensive business and legal expertise to provide corporate legal strategy and advice. She is an expert in strategic planning and risk mitigation, focusing her practice on technology and commercial contracts and regulatory and data privacy compliance, including HIPAA, GDPR, and CCPA/CCPR.  She served as the Security, Systems, and Compliance Officer while managing her prior law firm's operations. She then worked as In-House Counsel, then General Counsel and Vice President of Finance and Administration at Ready Computing, a high-growth healthcare technology company.  


Nicole has been honored for "Outstanding Excellence and Dedication to Her Profession and the Achievement of Women" by the National Association of Professional Women.  Nicole earned her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and her JD/MBA, magna cum laude, from University at Buffalo School of Law and School of Management.  She is a member of the New York and New Jersey state bars, and the Federal District courts of EDNY, SDNY, and District of New Jersey.

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Richard specializes in commercial technology transactions, including licensing, SAAS agreements, vendor agreements and referral contracts. In addition to commercial contracts, Richard also handles a wide range of corporate transactions, providing strategic legal solutions to startups and established public and private companies.  Prior to Triumph, Richard practiced at Baker & McKenzie, managed his own firm and served as in-house counsel at XO Communications, handling commercial procurement agreements, corporate governance, mergers and securities filings.

Richard previously served as a diplomat for the US State Department, negotiating the acquisition of embassy real estate holdings globally, including the exchange of properties in Germany and complex lease negotiations in Saudi Arabia and Beijing, while holding a top-secret security clearance. Richard received his JD from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. Richard is a member of the Maryland and DC bars.  

technology transactions

Barine has years of experience negotiating and drafting contracts for technology transactions, as well as advising clients regarding business risk, deal structures and intellectual property. Her legal career began at Cooley LLP, where she initially represented corporate clients in technology industries, including public companies and start-ups with venture capital financing, and later moved to the technology transactions group. She also worked in-house at MicroStrategy, a leading company in business intelligence, negotiating complex software licensing, subscription, services, and vendor contracts. Barine earned her undergraduate degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University, and her JD from the University of Virginia in 2007. She is a member of the bar in Colorado and Virginia.






venture debt; corporate





Chelsea advises clients across multiple industries on all facets of debt financing, with a strong focus on venture debt.

She has represented agents, lenders, and emerging startups in credit facilities aggregating in excess of $3 billion, over three fourths of a billion of which were strictly venture debt transactions. She also represents and advises borrowers in venture debt, loan restructuring, amendments, and modifications; as well as private equity sponsors in arranging secured and unsecured financing in connection with venture debt, acquisition financings, recapitalization, and working capital.  Prior to joining Triumph, Chelsea was associated with Cooley LLP and Lowenstein Sandler LLP. She also served as outside general counsel for private software companies, startups, and late-stage unicorns. For those clients, she has performed various duties, including drafting corporate governance and company policies; negotiating commercial contracts; and advising on data privacy and security, social media, mobile device and website policies, and crowdfunding SEC guidelines.

In her free time, she advises and promotes female founders and runs Teddy's Eczema Bar, a bath and body brand created specifically for eczema prone skin. Chelsea earned her JD from Catholic University of America and she is a member of the bar in New York and DC.


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