Frank Paganelli

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7077 (O) | 206.849.6038 (M) |

Areas of Practice

Frank Paganelli is Chair of Lane Powell’s Startups and Emerging Companies Practice Group. He focuses his practice on social impact companies and investments.

Frank is an experienced general counsel with significant corporate strategy and business management experience. Frank works with management teams, investors, boards of directors and business owners to address strategic opportunities and challenges. He counsels clients on issues ranging from corporate structuring and governance to capital strategies, organizational development and commercial transactions.

Frank has held a number of executive roles for companies ranging from public telecom firm Rhythms NetConnections, where he served as General Counsel; biofuel retailer Propel Fuels, where he acted as General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Development; organic produce e-commerce leader Full Circle Farm, where he was Chief Operating Officer and Board Member; and Clean Conversion Technologies, where he served as President.

Professional Experience

  • Full Circle Farm, Inc.
    • Board of Directors (2009-2017)
    • Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary (2009-2013)
  • Clean Conversion Technologies, Acting President (2014-2015)
  • Propel Biofuels, Inc., General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Development (2006-2008)
  • Leary Franke Droppert, PLLC, Attorney (2004-2006)
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Instructor (2001-2002)
  • Rhythms NetConnections Inc.
    • Vice President and General Counsel (2001-2002)
    • Associate General Counsel (1999-2001)
  • Blumenfeld & Cohen, LLC. (now DLA Piper), Sr. Policy Analyst and Associate Attorney (1997-1999)
  • Clinton Gore Presidential Campaign, Presidential Advance (1996)
  • US Display Consortium/SEMI, Manager of Government Affairs (1995-1997)
  • Office of U.S. Representative Norman Y. Mineta, Legislative Assistant (1993-1995)
  • Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Campaign Staff and Legislative Aide (1992-1993)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • California (Inactive)


  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government (M.P.A., 2003)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1998)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., Social and Decision Sciences, 1991)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies
  • Business
  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • FinTech
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainability and Climate Change


  • “Puget Sound Area Should Get in on the FinTech Revolution,” Puget Sound Business Journal, Co-author (October 2016)
  • “Calling for Reform, Obama Administration Says There Is ‘Gross Overuse of Non-Compete Clauses,” GeekWire, Quoted (October 26, 2016)
  • “Corporate Responsibility: Friedman vs. Porter and the Trend Toward Shared Value,” Seattle Business magazine (November 2015)
  • “Raising Capital, More Than Just a Necessary Evil,” Puget Sound Business Journal The Startup Journey: Idea to Exit Special Insert (October 2, 2015)
  • “Lane Powell Nabs Corporate, Telecom, Enviro Pro in Seattle,” Law360, Interviewed (May 27, 2015)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Startups: Financing and Exit Strategies for Food-Related Companies,” Law Seminars International Food Law Conference, Co-presenter (July 27, 2017)
  • “Insider’s View on Investment,” Fish 2.0 West Coast Workshop, Panelist (April 4, 2017)
  • “Valuation Basics for Startups,” TechfestNW Conference, Co-presenter, Portland, Oregon (March 23, 2017)
  • “Impact Investing 101,” Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association Educational Event, Moderator, Seattle (February 7, 2017)
  • “Toward a National Impact Investing Marketplace: Lessons From CO Impact Days,” Impact Finance Center, Host (November 10, 2016)
  • “How to Value Your Company and Other Capital Strategies,” Lane Powell’s Third Annual Startups and Emerging Companies Seminar, Co-presenter, Seattle (December 8, 2016)
  • “Risk, Return and Access to Angel Investing,” Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association Educational Event, Moderator, Seattle (October 12, 2016)
  • “Investors Panel,” Lane Powell’s Second Annual Startups and Emerging Companies Seminar, Moderator, Seattle (December 2, 2015)
  • “Crisis Communication in the Food and Beverage Industry,” Lane Powell and Wells Fargo Panel Discussion, Panelist (November 4, 2015)
  • “Downstream Sustainable Food Markets,” Good Food System Investor Meeting (September 29, 2015)
  • “Social Impact Investing,” Lane Powell Trusts & ‘Tinis Seminar (September 15, 2015)
  • “Investors Panel: The Question of Valuation From Three Unique Perspectives,” Lane Powell’s First Annual Startups and Emerging Companies Seminar, Moderator, Seattle (December 4, 2014)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Steering Committee, EnVest Seattle (2017-Present)
  • Sponsor, Keiretsu Forum (2015-Present)
  • Mentor, University of Washington Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship (2014-Present)
  • Board of Directors, Full Circle Farm, Inc. (2009-2017)
  • Partner, Social Venture Partners Seattle (2016)
  • Sponsor, Founders Institute (2015)
  • Board of Directors, King County Conservation Voters (2004-2010)
    • Co-chair (2006-2010)
  • Board of Directors, Ballard Food Bank (2004-2009)
  • Appointee, King County Parks Task Force (2007)
  • Washington State Bar Association