Having worked as legal advisors, entrepreneurs and executives in public and private companies of all sizes, we have hands-on operating experience, which provides clients with practical business expertise and perspective not found in most law firms. We guide our clients through critical strategic issues and serve as trusted advisors through all stages of growth and operations.
Charles K. Knight, Founding Attorney
Founder Charles Knight has extensive experience helping CEOs and their businesses reach the next level of growth and development. With more than 25 years of combined legal and business experience, Charlie brings a unique set of qualifications to VLA clients.
Trained in corporate and securities law, Charlie worked as an associate and partner in several California and New York law firms, culminating his legal career as general counsel of a large public distribution company. Building on this legal background, Charlie transitioned into operating roles at various public and private companies, including CFO, CMO, COO and, more recently, CEO of a $350 million public real estate investment trust and a private wind energy development company, both of which were successfully sold to larger buyers. Charlie has a passion for mentoring entrepreneurs and helping them accelerate their success.
Additionally, Charlie is an active angel investor in a variety of carefully chosen private companies and serves as a legal and corporate advisor to several CEOs. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and on Advisory Boards of several private companies and local nonprofit organizations, including Downtown Denver, Inc. He is also an affiliated faculty member at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and an executive coach to Executive MBA students at the University.
Charlie earned his J.D. and his M.B.A from the University of California at Los Angeles and his B.A. in Experimental Psychology, summa cum laude, from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Bryan D. McKae, Attorney
Bryan McKae joined Venture Law Advisors, LLC in 2010. Bryan’s primary focus and passion is providing strategic advisory services to emerging companies and their founders and board members. During the course of his career, Bryan has assisted business owners with the formation and structuring of business entities, private placement securities transactions, project financing, the drafting of shareholder and LLC agreements and commercial transaction agreements, including renewable energy supply, power purchase, and co-development agreements, and the other general corporate matters.
With experiences as co-founder of a renewable energy startup and as an acquisitions analyst for a Colorado-based real estate investment firm focused on the acquisition of multifamily housing communities, Bryan provides a unique, deal-oriented perspective to his clients, many of whom are focused on developing businesses and financing projects in the cleantech industry.
Bryan earned his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a recent graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Impact Denver leadership program.