Joal Barbehenn is Senior Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel at SparkPost, where he leads the company’s legal and business development teams. Joal represents SparkPost in its worldwide operations through all aspects of intellectual property development and licensing, human relations, facilities management and business relationships of all kinds. He is committed to balancing the company’s need for prudent business practices with its goals of delivering outstanding client service and superior value.

Joal brings a broad range of experience on various legal matters to the SparkPost team, including cross-border licensing and reseller arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, employment practices and corporate governance. He’s played a key role in the company’s global expansion, heading a legal team that includes several law firms in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Joal also oversees the company’s human resources, recruiting and administration operations, and he works closely with the company’s finance department to solve finance, banking and revenue-recognition issues.

Prior to joining SparkPost, Joal worked in the Business Transactions Group of Venable LLP where he represented several software, technology and bioscience businesses, as well as entertainers and wealthy individuals. Before joining Venable LLP, Joal served as a judicial law clerk to Maryland Court of Special Appeals Judge, Lawrence F. Rodowsky.