Spring 2013 Startup Law Summit
- IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law
- 565 W. Adams St.
- Chicago, IL 60610
What keeps entrepreneurs up at night? Is it the daunting task of incorporation, drafting founder agreements, and/or intellectual property?
On March 16th, we’re bringing together Chicago’s top startup attorneys to give you candid, high quality advice on your toughest startup law issues. Following our usual intimate and informal “unpluggd” style, attendees will hear no BS legal advice on issues ranging from intellectual property to fundraising.
There will also be a legal clinic where entrepreneurs can ask their burning questions and get real answers from experienced attorneys in a small group.
Held at the IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law (565 W. Adams St., the Spring Startup Law Summit is the perfect way to get a headstart on educating yourself and getting access to top legal sources in Chicago.
|9:00am||Check In and Breakfast|
|9:30am||Welcome and Agenda|
|9:45am||Get the Right Entity
One of the first and most important choices a startup makes is picking the right corporate entity. Choices at this stage can cause considerable headaches when/if investors come along. Make sure to avoid the mistakes Esther will outline from her years of experience working with early stage startups.
|10:15am||The Top 3 Essential Agreements for Startup Founders
Without one of these essential agreements, founders can fail to retain their ownership rights. Without another one, they can get into legal trouble with potential employees. The third one makes sure you get paid. Tricia covers the basics on founder agreements, independent contractor agreements, and revenue share contracts.
|11:00am||Trademarks for Startups: Strategies for Success
What makes a brand strong and legally protectable? What steps can you take before launch to minimize risk and protect your brand against imitators? Once you’ve secured a domain name and a corporate name, is it really necessary to federally register your mark? Julie will discuss the practical steps you can (and should) take – from conception to public launch and beyond – to strengthen your brand and increase the value of your business.
|11:30am||Arrested Development: 5 Issues that May Stunt Your Company’s Growth Before it Begins
How do you prevent a developer going rogue? How can you make sure equity splits are fair and not contested later? Jude Sullivan shares five legal and business scenarios that could hinder a startup before it gets off the ground.
|12:00pm||Legal Considerations for Companies Considering Angel/Venture Capital
What are the legal red flags that investors see when evaluating a startup? How do venture capitalists and angel investors differ in their analyses? Heather covers what investors see from a legal perspective as they decide whether to invest in a startup.
Entrepreneurs will break up into small groups to have an intimate and informal session with an attorney. Groups will be based on questions submitted at time of registration.
Julie has litigated and successfully resolved trademark, copyright, counterfeiting and unfair competition disputes, domain name disputes and civil actions in federal courts. She handles trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and supervises global trademark enforcement and anti-counterfeiting programs.
Mr. Ryerson has also represented international and national buying and selling entities in advanced stock purchases, asset acquisitions, mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures and developmental associations, and has formed hundreds of corporations, LLCs and partnerships. Mr. Ryerson was extensively involved in the preparation and completion of numerous private equity, debt, and convertible debt securities offerings on behalf of both issuing entities and institutional investors, including the composition and evaluation of PPMs, term sheets, LOIs, contribution agreements, security pledges and structured lines of credit. Additionally, he regularly participated in the negotiation and drafting of fixed- fee, hourly, salary and equity-based employment, independent contractor, subcontractor, outsourcing, management and consulting agreements, RFPs and compensation arrangements.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sullivan has served as: general counsel of a Chicago-based publicly traded software and service company; director of business development for a publicly traded technology holding company; buyer’s transaction team leader in connection with the $2.1 billion hostile acquisition of a publicly traded waste containment company; and seller’s transaction team leader in connection with a $3.6 billion sale of a publicly traded software company. He also has extensive experience working with technology companies, including responsibility for negotiating and documenting $350 million in venture capital investments in more than 35 portfolio companies as general counsel of divine, inc.