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Jeffrey Leavitt

DLA Piper

Jeffrey Leavitt is a Partner with the law firm of DLA Piper, and works with emerging growth companies, private investment entities, and the various groups that advise them.

Jeffrey served his fellowship at Alliance Technology Ventures, focusing on semiconductor and IT investing. He worked with several ATV portfolio companies and led the effort for ATV III's first exit event, and was later the VP of Finance and General Counsel of Xytrans, a portfolio company based in Orlando, Florida, that develops high-frequency communications devices for commercial and homeland security applications.

Jeffrey was co-founder of iPath, an enterprise software company in New York City. Joining the company before it was funded, Jeffrey was instrumental in writing the business plan and leading the company's negotiations through its initial rounds of venture financing. Previously, Jeffrey was an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City, where he advised on the execution of high-profile transactions including the merger of the Qwest and US West and the merger of the Exxon and Mobil, each the largest in history when announced.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Jeffrey received a BA from Duke University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was selected to be a member of the Law Review. Jeffrey was also an Arthur R. Littleton Fellowship recipient at Penn.

He has run the New York City Marathon twice.

A member of Fellows Class 8, Jeffrey served his fellowship under mentor Michael Slawson at Alliance Technology Ventures in Atlanta, GA. He was the first JD in the program and is its only practicing attorney.