Earl W. Mellott

Partner, Co-Chair, Business Department - Boston

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Earl Mellott, a partner in Foley Hoag’s Tax Group and Business Department, has extensive experience in business and transactional matters. Clients rely on Earl’s experience to counsel them on strategy on formation and structuring, advice on general business activities, and guidance in acquisition and financing transactions. He has counseled numerous companies structured as pass-through entities for tax purposes with respect to a wide range of activities. These include companies operating as commercial businesses and funds engaging in formation, operations, and investment activity.

Earl has also represented buyers and sellers in numerous mergers and acquisitions, involving both public and private companies across many industries and including cross-border acquisitions, development of overseas joint ventures and organization of international operations.

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  • New York University, LL.M., Taxation
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Harvard College, B.A., magna cum laude

Representative Experience

  • Represented ConstructSecure, provider of an SaaS platform that leverages leading risk and financial indicators to accurately pre-qualify subcontractors and vendors to improve safety, in a growth equity investment by Summit Partners.
  • Represented RealHealthData, a technology company focused on providing unique, real world data insights, in the sale of substantially all of its assets to Amplity. 
  • Represented The Boston Consulting Group in the sale of its SOURCE AI technology to DataRobot. 
  • Represented R. G. Barry Corporation, a portfolio company of Mill Road Capital, in the sale of all of the assets of its subsidiary, Foot Petals, Inc., to Remington Products Company.
  • Represented Recorded Future, a threat intelligence company, in its sale of a controlling interest in the company valued at $780 million to Insight Partners. 
  • Represented Entegris, Inc. in the acquisition of MPD Chemicals for approximately $165M.
  • Represented Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in its $1.7 billion acquisition of Brammer Bio. 
  • Represented Inovalon Holdings Inc. in its $1.2B acquisition of ABILITY Network.
  • Represented Curriculum Associates in its sale to Berkshire Partners.
  • Represented The Boston Consulting Group in its acquisition of assets from digital design firm MAYA Design.
  • Represented Dell EMC in the sale of EMC’s enterprise content division to Open Text Corporation for $1.62B.
  • Represented Autism Intervention Specialists, LLC in its sale to Pacific Child & Family Associates, LLC, a Great Point Partners I, L.P. portfolio company.
  • Represented Spotfire Holdings, Inc. in its sale to TIBCO Software, Inc.
  • Regular representation and corporate counseling to companies focused in multiple industries, including:
    • Technology, including software and information technology
    • Energy technology and renewables
    • Video games and interactive media
  • Represented Dell Technologies in its $145.8 million sale of Mozy, Inc. to data protection company Carbonite, Inc.
  • Represented Body Labs, a creator of 3D body model technology, in its acquisition by Amazon.
  • Represented Living Proof, Inc. in its acquisition by Unilever.
  • Representation of purchaser in acquisition of information technology services company focused in the telecommunications industry.
  • Representation of purchaser in acquisition of consulting and service company working in the life sciences industry.
  • Representation of purchaser in asset purchase of design and verification business.
  • Representation of purchaser in acquisition of third party administrator in the health care and insurance space.
  • Representation of purchaser in acquisition of home health monitoring company.
  • Representation of health management company in formation of strategic alliance with national provider of goods and services.
  • Representation of leading provider of employee and customer loyalty programs in sale to public company.
  • Representation of leading U.S. provider of customized state assessments for teacher certification in sale to public company.
  • Formation of multiple private equity funds focused on investment in diverse industries, including media, entertainment and technology.
  • Advising renewable energy companies on tax and corporate issues, including project structuring, financing and development.
  • Representation of venture capital and private equity funds in individual investments.


  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
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  • Massachusetts