Gary J. Ross

Gary J. Ross
+1 (212) 858-9787

Gary J. Ross focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital and private equity, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. Mr. Ross represents private companies (at all stages), angel investors, investment funds, and cryptocurrency-related companies. Gary has extensive experience advising as to SEC-registered and exempt capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings, common and preferred equity offerings and debt offerings. Mr. Ross regularly counsels registered and exempt investment advisers as to compliance issues. His experience also includes expert witness engagement in commercial litigation matters.

Mr. Ross is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School, has lectured at schools such as Penn State Dickinson Law, teaches Continuing Legal Education programs on securities law and startup financing, and is a frequent speaker on ethics for small firm practitioners. He has been quoted in articles in MarketWatch, Corporate CounselThe New York Times and the Associated Press.

Prior to co-founding Ross & Shulga PLLC in 2017, Mr. Ross was the founder and managing attorney of Jackson Ross PLLC.  Prior to that, Mr. Ross worked in the Corporate Transactions & Securities and Capital Markets practice groups at Sidley Austin LLP and Alston & Bird LLP. While at Sidley Austin, he was seconded to serve as in-house counsel at Colgate-Palmolive Company. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Ross 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).

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

Gary is an avid runner, triathlete, and mountaineer.


  • Northwestern University (J.D. 2004)
  • University of Miami (B.B.A. 1994)


  • 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


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


Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • “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