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Paige S. Connelly


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I am a partner in the firm’s Early Stage & Emerging Companies practice group. I focus my practice on corporate law and transactions, including venture investment financing transactions, change of control transactions, business formation, contract preparation and review, and general corporate governance matters. I assist emerging companies with preferred equity investment transactions, convertible debt financing transactions, bridge loans, commercial contract preparation, governance and compliance issues, and other business needs.

I work with startup and early stage companies in a variety of industries including biotech and health care, HR tech, consumer marketing, and business products and services. I have experience in various aspects of acquisitions and sales, including negotiation and preparation of transaction documents, due diligence and disclosure.

I am on the board of directors of Aviatra Accelerators, a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and educational programming for female-led early stage companies, helping these entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

I serve as a mentor for Queen City Angels’ Morning Mentoring program, which provides guidance to entrepreneurs launching startup companies. I also work with Rev1 Ventures’ Customer Learning Lab in Columbus, mentoring founders of emerging companies who are seeking capital for their businesses and operational training.

I enjoy experiencing the growing startup and small business ecosystem in Cincinnati and exploring new restaurants, parks and activities with my husband and two young sons.

  • The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2008, cum laude; chief managing editor, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, 2008
  • Duke University, B.A., 2004
Admissions & Experience
  • Ohio
  • Named a Rising Star by YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, 2011 – 2012
Professional & Civic
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Aviatra Accelerators, Board Member
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
  • Dress for Success Cincinnati
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • YWCA of Greater Cincinnati