Ethan Samson, JD

Managing Principal / Private Markets Consultant & Counsel


Ethan advises clients on private markets investments, drawing on his prior experience as a transactional lawyer and dedicated legal counsel to both a strategic investor and its portfolio companies. He serves as a member on Meketa’s Private Markets Research Committee for both Private Equity and private Real Estate, and he leads the firm’s research efforts with respect to venture capital. Ethan leads the Individual Investor Solutions practice group and is a member of Meketa’s Consulting Leadership Committee. In addition, as Private Markets Counsel to Meketa, Ethan negotiates a broad array of private investment vehicles and transactions for the firm.

  • Private markets
  • Joined Meketa in 2019

    Previous roles:

    • Pension Consulting Alliance, Principal and General Counsel
    • Cambia Health Solutions, Senior Associate General Counsel
    • Stoel Rives, Corporate Associate
    • Deutsche Bank, Associate, Corporate Strategy

    Other responsibilities at Meketa:

    • Private Markets Research Committee
    • Individual Investor Solutions Group, Leader
    • Consulting Leadership Committee
    • Sustainability Committee
    • Co-Investments Committee
    • BA, Hobart College
    • JD, cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School
    • Managing Editor, The Lewis & Clark Law Review
    • Member, Oregon State Bar

    Ethan has two boys, Ford and Palmer. He’s making good progress in his long-term plan to get them to love fly fishing, skiing, and the Denver Broncos as much as he does.  He is currently serving as the finance chair for an independent Montessori school.