liz polizzi oertle

Liz is a business lawyer with a unique perspective. Not only has she advised companies of all sizes, from idea-stage startups to Fortune 100 public companies, but she's been a founder herself. 


​​Liz began her legal career working as an attorney at a prestigious New York law firm and then at one of Denver's largest regional law firms, specializing in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and corporate governance. Hailing from a family of entrepreneurs and small business owners, she has a talent for seeing not only the technical legal side of things but also the situation on the ground, enabling her to translate esoteric legal concepts into plain English for her clients.


In 2016, after working with startups for nearly a decade, she "caught the bug and founded Nanno, an on-demand app for booking child care. As CEO of Nanno, Liz experienced the founder's journey from a whole new perspective, from participating in two accelerators (500 Startups and Quake Capital), to raising capital from angel investors, venture capital investors, and equity crowdfunding. She is still actively involved in the startup and investor ecosystems in both Denver/Boulder and in the San Francisco Bay Area.


As a founder, Liz was able to apply her legal background to being a founder. Returning to her legal practice, she can now apply her founder experience to enhance the guidance and advice she offers to her clients.

Liz has represented companies in a variety of industries and a variety of stages of development, from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 public companies. As managing member of the Orbital Law Group, Liz employs that experience in the service of small and emerging companies. She specializes in startup financing transactions, Regulation CF / crowdfunding transactions, technology transactions, commercial contracts, and corporate governance. She was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2017 and 2018.


Before attending law school, Liz worked in the book publishing industry as a copy editor, proofreader, and managing editorial assistant.

Practice Areas


Financing Transactions (Pre-Seed through Series B)

Regulation CF / Crowdfunding

Emerging Companies

Financing Transactions
Mergers & Acquisitions
Technology Transactions

Commercial Transactions
Corporate Governance

Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in 2017 and 2018.​​

Education

J.D., University of Michigan Law, 2007 - Cum Laude
B.A., English and Creative Writing, Binghamton University, State University of New York , 1999 - Cum Laude

Experience 

CEO/Founder, Nanno, Inc.

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver, Colorado
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, New York 
Honorable Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Eastern District of New York

Bar Admissions


Colorado
​New York


Publications

​Strange Love: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Crowd, Medium, August 2019

2 Health IT Initiatives To Know In 2015, Law 360, with Greg Gambill and Trent Martinet, February 2015
A Primer On Convertible Equity, Law Week Colorado, August 2014