Mr. Chory is described as "a superb all-around counselor who acts as a strategic advisor."Chambers USA 2011

John H. Chory

Boston Waltham | Boston
  • 1000 Winter Street
  • Suite 3700
  • Waltham, MA 02451
  • USA

John Chory is a corporate partner in the Boston and Waltham offices of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on the representation of technology and life sciences companies from startup through IPO.

Mr. Chory advises both private and public companies in the following areas:

  • Early-stage company formation and strategy 
  • Initial- through late stage venture capital financings 

  • Public offerings of securities 

  • Mergers and acquisitions 

  • Technology licensing 

  • Securities law

Mr. Chory has been recognized as:

  • A Massachusetts leader in the Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment field in the 2005 through 2014 editions of Chambers USA, where it is also noted that he is "exceedingly well-regarded," and described by peers as a "market leader."
  • A Massachusetts leader in the Technology field in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA. The Guide further stated that "clients appreciate his commercial savvy, noting that "his advice finds the right balance between weighing up the precautions and staying within the proper constraints of the law.’" He is also declared to be "a consummate strategizer with a network in Boston to die for.”

  • A partner who “understands the needs of the client, and is a strategic thinker and very competent" in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 

  • The 2014-2015 Boston Venture Capital Law "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers. Mr. Chory is also consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of corporate law and venture capital by Best Lawyers.

  • A "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in securities and venture finance by Boston Magazine since 2004 

  • A "2002 High Tech All Star" by Mass High Tech 

  • One of Boston's "Best Lawyers" for startup companies by Boston Magazine (2002)

Mr. Chory’s clients have included A123 Systems, Actifio, Akamai, AppIQ,, Camiant, Cartera Commerce, Claros Diagnostics, Equallogic, The Echo Nest, Imagitas, IMlogic, LogMeIn, Nasuni, Relicore, Rent the Runway, Semprus BioSciences, SilverStream Software, Stamped, Tabblo, 24M, Vlingo, Zintro, Zipcar and Ziptr.

Mr. Chory lectures frequently and has had several articles published on legal issues facing emerging companies. He currently serves as Secretary for TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur) and is a former member of the Advisory Board of MIT Enterprise Forum.

Prior to attending Harvard Law School, Mr. Chory, a West Point graduate, was a US Army intelligence officer. While at Harvard, he taught negotiation as a teaching assistant to Roger Fisher author of Getting to Yes. Mr. Chory served in the US Army Reserves until 1998.