Jennifer Stapleton has 15 years of experience as the lead lawyer and strategic partner in counseling a multitude of public and privately held companies, as well as large private equity and venture capital firms, through complex, high stakes, multidimensional business transactions with sound legal judgment, smart business acumen and deep operational expertise.
Before joining Benesch, Jennifer worked in one of the largest international law firms in the U.S. Her extensive experience includes advising, managing and leading cross-functional in-house, client and third party teams in structuring, negotiating, and executing high-profile, international mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, financings, restructurings, bankruptcy proceedings, and venture capital and co-investments for U.S. and internationally based clients in a large range of industries, including financial technology, healthcare, real estate and manufacturing. Jennifer also represents search funds and other early stage high growth companies in their full life cycle from formation, capitalization and acquisition through operation and ultimate exit.
She also advises clients on a wide range of corporate matters, including governance, legal strategy and risk management and mitigation, and management equity incentives, frequently counseling c-suite executives and providing support for ongoing operational needs of subsidiaries and portfolio companies. Jennifer previously served as the in-house legal function for a large international manufacturer for several years.
She has represented clients such as CVC Capital Partners, Eagle Tree Capital, The Riverside Company, Peninsula Pacific Partners, Pegasus Capital Advisors, The Carlyle Group, STERIS Corp., Explorys, Yale New Haven Hospitals, the NRP Group, PartsSource, Vita-Mix Corporation, Sinochem Logistics and the State of Ohio.
Jennifer is also a highly-sought civic leader in our community with experience working with and managing boards of directors, advancing community initiatives, and improving institutional processes and growth strategies. She is the past President and a member of the Board of Directors of Dobama Theatre, a member of the Cleveland Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and its Women in Transactions initiative, the Duke Alumni Club of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland’s Blockland initiative. She is also the co-founder of TechniCLE Speaking, an annual civic advocacy summit focused on supporting the long-term sustainability and growth of start-ups and emerging technology companies in Cleveland.
Jennifer’s philosophy and approach are commitment to strong partnerships and mutually respectful relationships, hard work and the pursuit of excellence, identifying untapped possibilities and designing strategies for achievement.