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Contact Erich

3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.224.5858

Erich W. Merrill, Jr.


Erich W. Merrill, Jr., joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in 1983. He regularly works with company management and founders to collaborate on corporate policy and strategy, entity choice and formation, raising funds from investors, negotiating and writing contracts, sales and acquisitions of businesses, and intellectual property protection and licensing.

Erich has recently:

  • Counseled clients in the acquisition or sale of businesses in the United States and internationally, with transaction sizes from $2 million to over $300 million
  • Conducted preferred stock, debt, and convertible note offerings ranging from under $1 million to $15 million
  • Assisted clients seeking angel-level and venture funding
  • Represented companies raising funds through Internet-based Rule 506(c) offerings
  • Represented investors in preferred stock financing rounds
  • Advised clients on conflict-of-interest policies and other corporate governance matters
  • Prepared employment, distribution, co-branding, nondisclosure, sales representative, and equipment acquisition agreements
  • Negotiated and drafted multimillion-dollar computer software license agreements
  • Registered client brand names as trademarks in the United States and abroad
  • Helped clients halt or avoid infringement of copyrights, trademarks, and patents
  • Prepared franchise agreements and related disclosure documents
  • Participated in client board meetings either as counsel or as corporate secretary

Before going to law school, Erich worked for Bell Laboratories in Whippany, New Jersey.

Representative Experience

Assisted a biotechnology client with a merger into a larger affiliated company. Our work included performing due diligence to identify potential risks, determining the scope of the businesses' patent rights in valuable technology, and preparing merger documents and corporate filings related to the transaction.
Counseled client considering investment in cannabis enterprise, with focus on structure to satisfy regulatory requirements.
Prepared and negotiated key documents for multi-tranche convertible debt offering for privately held, early-stage company.
Managed due diligence process, prepared letter of intent, and negotiated and prepared acquisition agreement and all other transaction documentation in $30 million strategic acquisition of target corporation effected through an exchange of shares by private-equity-backed company, with simultaneous negotiation of new credit line terms from our client’s principal lender.
Prepared franchise agreement for client launching new franchise venture, including key terms of trademark license and business operations requirements. Prepared disclosure and registration documents required to comply with federal and state franchise disclosure and registration laws.