Northwestern University (JD 2004)

University of Miami (BA 1994)


New York


District of Columbia

Academic Credentials

Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn Law School
– Transactional Skills for Startups

Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law, Master of Science in Jurisprudence Program
– Introduction to Corporate Law
– Introduction to Corporate Finance
– Regulating Depository Banks
– Regulating Broker-Dealers


Vice Chair, Securities Regulation Subcommittee, Middle-Market and Small Business Committee, American Bar Association Business Law Section

Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee, American Bar Association Business Law Section

Securities Regulation Committee, New York City Bar Association

Gary J. Ross

Gary J. Ross focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital and private equity, corporate governance, and general corporate matters.  Gary represents investment funds and private companies at all stages, including those exploring blockchain-related opportunities, as well as investors in each.  He has extensive experience structuring investments (including cross-border investments) and advising as to SEC-registered and exempt capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings of common and preferred equity, debt, convertible notes, and digital assets. Gary also regularly counsels registered and exempt investment advisers as to regulatory and compliance issues. His experience includes expert witness engagements in commercial litigation matters.

Prior to founding RLG predecessor firm Jackson Ross PLLC in 2013, Gary worked in the Capital Markets and Corporate Transactions & Securities practice groups at Sidley Austin LLP and Alston & Bird LLP, respectively.  From 2009 to 2012, Gary served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he oversaw contractors and financial agents engaged by Treasury to provide asset management, advisory, and other services relating to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Gary is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and Seton Hall Law School, has lectured at institutions such as the World Bank and schools such as Northwestern University School of Law, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Fordham University School of Law, Penn State Dickinson Law and The New School, teaches Continuing Legal Education programs on securities law and startup financing, and is a frequent speaker on ethics for lawyers. He has been quoted in articles in MarketWatch, Corporate CounselBloomberg BusinessweekThe New York Times and the Associated Press.

Gary has participated in the drafting for several of the ABA’s comment letters to various SEC contemplated actions or requests for comments, primarily relating to exempt offerings.

Prior to attending law school, Gary worked at Ernst & Young LLP and for the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Gary is admitted to the bars of New York, the District of Columbia, and Georgia.

Gary is an avid runner, triathlete, and mountaineer.

“Registered Investment Advisers and Exempt Reporting Advisers: A Compliance Analysis,” co-authored with Mary C. Nistico, Bloomberg Law, September 2018

“Registered Investment Adviser vs. Exempt Reporting Adviser,” co-authored with Andrew J. Silvia, Bloomberg Law, August 2018

Munchee and its Repercussions in the ICO World,” Bloomberg Law, December 28, 2017

“Hidden Liabilities: The Role of Compliance in M&A Risk Management,” co-authored with Mary C. Nistico, Compliance & Ethics Professional, April 2017

“Mounting Oversight: The Rising Compliance Burden of the Third-Party Service Provider,” co-authored with Mary C. Nistico, Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, February 2017

Comparing Crowdfunding Instruments: Common Stock, Preferred Stock, Convertible Notes and SAFEs,” Practice Note, Lexis Practice Advisor: Private Equity, December 16, 2016 (updated annually)

Registration and Compliance for ‘Exempt Reporting Advisers’,” co-authored with Kevin C. McNiff, ABA Business Law Today, October 2016

Law Dept. 101: How To Change the Corporate Name,” Inside Counsel, March 22, 2016

Small Business Capital Raises: Legal, Practical, and Market Factors,” ABA Business Law Today, December 2015

“Exporting to or Doing Business in the United States,” presentation at the World Bank, Washington DC, February 12-13, 2020

“Issues to Anticipate When Exporting to the United States,” presentation for Mongol Brand Association at Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, November 20, 2019

“Contracts: Essential Elements,” CLE presentation for ACE Seminars, May 22, 2019

“Program: Venture Exchanges: Providing Liquidity to Small Cap Companies?” presentation at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 28, 2019

“The Morning Show” panelist on venture capital in Nigeria, Arise News, Lagos, Nigeria, Oct. 28, 2018

“Just Do It,” speaker at Startup Grind, Lagos, Nigeria, October 26, 2018

“Tech Meets Entertainment Summit,” speaker, Lagos, Nigeria, October 25, 2018

“Latest in ICO & STO regulations,” panel discussion at Supercharge Blockchain ICO & STO Networking, New York NY, October 3, 2018

“Blockchain-N-Regulation,” panel discussion at Annual Blockchain & Crypto Investor Conference (moderator), New York NY, September 26, 2018

“How Regulation Could Help Cryptocurrencies Grow,” panel discussion at Blockchain Without Borders Token Expo, New York NY, August 30, 2018

“The Challenges of the Legal and Compliance Environment,” panel discussion at 2018 Crypto Hedge Fund Summit, New York NY, July 27, 2018

“Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulations in the U.S. and Abroad,” panel discussion at Crypto Funding Summit: Security Tokens & ICOs (moderator), New York NY, July 25, 2018

“Legal Issues in Startup Financing,” presentation for Northwestern Alumni Association Career Webinar Series, May 30, 2018

“The Evolving Regulatory Landscape in Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and ICOs,” presentation at Citi Executive Client Center, New York NY, May 23, 2018

“The Past, Present, and (Possible) Future of ICO Regulation,” presentation at Mayfair 101 ICO Conference New York City, May 20, 2018

“The Basics of Private Equity Fund Formation,” presentation at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Orlando FL, April 14, 2018

“Legal Issues in Startup Financing,” co-presented with Arina Shulga, CLE presentation for Clear Law Institute, February 13, 2018

“ICO Regulation,” New York 2018 Fintech World Conference, Harvard Club, New York NY, Feb. 7, 2018

“Bitcoin Investment Strategies and Regulations,” BCI Summit, January 31, 2018

“ICO vs VC. A New Era of Investments. Positive Effects and Challenges,” panel discussion at Starta Accelerator / V Startup Agency Blockchain Conference and Demo Day, New York NY, December 15, 2017

“What is Blockchain?”, CLE presentation at Pace Law School, New York NY, November 30, 2017

“Are ICOs Risky Business?”, panel discussion at the 2017 Fintech World Workshop Series: The Rise of Digital Money, National Press Club, Washington DC, November 6, 2017

“Securities Law for the Non-Securities Attorney,” CLE presentation for Lawline, October 12, 2017

“Securities Law for the Non-Securities Lawyer,” CLE webinar for the American Bar Association, September 28, 2017

“Can Regulators Keep Up with the Rise of ICOs?”, ICOnference NYC 2017, September 22, 2017

“Fundamentals of Crowdfunding: An Introduction for Non-Securities Lawyers,” CLE presentation at the Annual Conference for The National LGBT Bar Association, San Francisco CA, August 3, 2017

“Legal Issues in Startup Financing,” CLE presentation for Clear Law Institute, July 17, 2017

“Securities Law for the Non-Securities Lawyer,” CLE presentation at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting, New Orleans LA, April 6, 2017

“Federal Securities Law Issues Relating to Equity Investment Platforms,” co-presented with Arina Shulga, CLE presentation for Lawline, March 21, 2017

“Crowdfunding with SeedInvest & Gary Ross,” presentation for Serval Ventures at Microsoft Flagship Store, New York NY, June 1, 2016

“Securities Law for Non-Securities Attorneys: New Developments,” CLE presentation for Clear Law Institute, March 2, 2016

“Ethics & the SmallLaw Practitioner Update,” CLE presentation for Lawline, February 27, 2016

“The Big Short Explained: Legal Reasoning and Repercussions,” CLE presentation for Lawline, February 18, 2016

“What You Need To Know About the 1940 Act(s),” CLE presentation for West LegalEdcenter, February 16, 2016

“Ethics: Concerns for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioner,” CLE presentation for Access MCLE, February 4, 2016

“Securities Law for Non-Securities Attorneys: New Developments,” CLE presentation for Clear Law Institute, November 18, 2015

“Legal Issues in the Various Stages of Startup Financing,” CLE presentation for Lawline, October 26, 2015

“Legal Issues for Startups,” CLE presentation for West LegalEdcenter, September 30, 2015

“Securities Law for the Non-Securities Attorney,” CLE presentation for Lawline, June 30, 2015

“Starting up Smart! Phase 3: Legal Tips for Fundraising Success,” presentation at General Assembly, New York NY, June 10, 2015

“Ethics and the SmallLaw Practitioner,” CLE presentation for Lawline, April 23, 2015

“Building an Effective Framework to Combat Individual and Organizational Conflict of Interest,” webinar for MetricStream, June 4, 2014