Bio

 

 

MARTIN R. TILSON, JR.
Office Tel: (404) 949-1991
Cellular:    (404) 731-9090
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The Southeast Investor Group, LLC
Atlanta, Ga.
Chairman
1995-Present                                            

I co-founded SEIG in 1995 and have remained its chairman, now in a full-time role. This regional investor community is composed of partners from 30 of the Venture Capital Funds in the Southeast, five Corporate Venture Funds, and 25 Individual Investors, which collectively have more than $1B in capital under management. The nearly 60 members reside in nine southeast states and D.C. We invest in growth technology companies.

SEIG has reviewed over 10,000 business plans, and viewed over 1000 company presentations. In the most recent five year history, SEIG members invested in an average of 30-40% of the presenting companies. The SEIG information website is:  www.southeastinvestorgroup.com

The Tilson Group, LLC
Atlanta, GA
Managing Partner
2009-2011

The Tilson Group both advises corporate legal departments and serves select technology growth companies.

  • Review and analysis of corporate legal department operations. Advised on implementing best practices, and differentiating a variety of legal software tools for managing project matters, document management review, task automation, reporting, and spend management systems to improve management capabilities.
  • Serving select technology executives in creating business development strategy, organizing working teams, collection and analysis of competitive knowledge, developing strategic plans, providing strategy for access to capital, strategic partners, and channel partners.

Burr & Forman
Atlanta, GA
Managing Partner – Atlanta
2007 – 2009

Managing Partner at Burr & Forman-Atlanta, a regional full-service law firm with over 200 attorneys in six offices throughout the Southeast. Recruited to lead the Atlanta office turnaround and market share expansion. Served as Managing Partner of the office and served on the firm Executive Committee

  • Recruited partners, developed individual, group, and office strategic plans and budgets, increasing the number of lawyers by 30%, and exceeding budget goals, and securing several significant national clients.
  • Redirected the business development process and helped restructure firm management

Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
Atlanta, GA
Partner and Chair, Technology Practice
1995 – 2007

Partner at Kilpatrick Stockton, a 500 attorney international law firm headquartered in Atlanta. Recruited to start and chair the firm’s technology practice. Areas of practice included general corporate, M&A, corporate finance, securities, venture and private capital. (Grew from160 attorneys in 1995 to 500 attorneys in 2007).

  • Originated personal practice revenues averaging $2.5M per year,
  • Corporate Team Leader, Executive Committee Nominating Committee, Strategic Plan Committee, Compensation Committee, Marketing Partner,
  • Developed and Chaired the firm’s multi-practice, multi-office technology practice
  • Managed more than 400 private capital, M&A, and public transactions

 McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (Now Dentons)     
Atlanta, GA
Counsel
1991 – 1995

  • Developed, managed and grew the firm’s technology practice
  • Originated $2M annual personal practice revenues from 1991-1995
  • Chair, Practice Development Committee (firm-wide practice development)

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Birmingham, AL
Director, Office for the Advancement of Developing Industries (OADI)
1986 – 1991

Associate Director, UAB Research Foundation

  • Built, organized, and managed the 36,000 sq. ft. OADI high tech incubator facility
  • Helped launch the UAB Research Foundation (owner of UAB intellectual property)
  • Formed 27 start-up Life Science/Medical Device/Healthcare companies

Sonat Corporation   
Washington, DC
Senior Government Affairs Attorney
1977 – 1986

(Southern Natural Gas Co. – $3B natural gas pipeline and producer)

  • Practiced before federal departments, agencies, Congress, and the White House
  • Represented Sonat in the congressional passage of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978

EDUCATION

The University of Alabama School of Law
Tuscaloosa, AL – JD, 1977

Chairman, John A. Campbell Moot Court Board; Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society; National Order of the Barristers; Chairman, Dean’s Committee on Placement; Dean’s Award for Service to the Law School; Regional Organizing Chairman, 1976 National Moot Court Competition; U.S. Treasury Law Clerk to Secretary William Simon (1975); Distinguished Alumni Lecturer (2004)

Sewanee: The University of the South     
Sewanee, TN – BA, 1974

Order of Gownsmen (Academic Student Government); Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK); Member, Delegate Assembly; Asst. Editor, Yearbook and Student Newspaper; Kappa Alpha Order

Bar Memberships – Alabama Bar Association; Georgia Bar Association,
M-H: AV Rated

LEADERSHIP

Business Community Leadership

  • Metro Atlanta Chamber Board of Directors (1997-2000) (2008, 2009); Vice Chairman and Executive Committee (1997) Former Chairman of the Technology Committee
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber Board of Advisors (1999-2009)
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber Economic Development Committee (1999-2009)
  • Society of International Business Fellows Board of Directors (1986-2007)

Technology Industry Leadership

  • Technology Association of Georgia (TAG): Secretary (2005-2007); Executive Board (2000-Present); Chairman, Board Development Committee (2008-Present)
  • Southeast BIO Venture Forum (SEBIO), Founding Chairman and Board of Directors (1998-2007)
  • Atlanta Venture Forum Member (1995-2009)
  • BIO 2009 International Annual Meeting in Atlanta – Original Host Committee
  • Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA) – Founding Underwriter, Secretary and Board of Directors       (2003-2006)

 Academic Leadership

  • Sewanee, University of the South Board of Trustees (1977-1986); Class Chair (1974-2006)
  • Emory Goizueta Business School Board of Advisors (2000-Present)
  • Georgia Tech College of Computing Board of Advisors (2000-2002)
  • Atlanta International School, General Counsel and Board of Directors (1993-1998)
  • Emory Rollins School of Public Health Board of Advisors   (1999-2001)
  • Emory Winship Cancer Center Board of Advisors (2006-Present)
  • Farrah Law Society Board Member, University of Alabama School of Law (2007-2010)
  • University of Alabama School of Law, Distinguished Alumni Lecturer (2004)

Civic Recognition

  • 2006 Charles R. Yates Award – Woodruff Arts Center Major Gifts Committee (10 years)
  • 2007 – SEBIO Board of Directors honored and funded the Martin R. Tilson, Jr. Scholarship
  • Tocqueville United Way Cabinet (2007-Present)
  • Most Notable Atlantans – Georgia Trend
  • “Who’s Who in Healthcare” – Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • “Who’s Who in Law and Accounting” – Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • “Who’s Who in Atlanta Technology” – Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • 100 Most Influential Georgians – Georgia Trend