From equity agreements to IP, startup entrepreneurs face a variety of legal issues when they launch a new venture. Join us for a breakfast briefing that covers legal issues that are most critical to startups. Topics to be discussed include:
1. Selecting the Right Structure and Observing Corporate Formalities
2. Issuing Stock and Options
3. Taking on Investors
4. Selecting Your Board and Advisors
5. Hiring Correctly and Employment Infrastructure
6. Being Mindful of Employment and Wage and Hour Laws
7. Protecting Your Intellectual Property
8. Partnering with Other Companies
9. Staying Out of Litigation
10. Exit Strategies
Edward Bachand - Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Edward is a partner in the Technology group with over 15 years of experience representing emerging and large companies in intellectual property matters. He partners with emerging businesses to strategically manage intellectual property portfolios, prosecute patent and trademark applications, provide opinions directed toward patent infringement and validity, conduct due diligence on IP portfolios, and negotiate and prepare license and other intellectual property agreements. He also assists clients in reexamination, reissue, interference and opposition proceedings.Ed has extensive experience representing companies in the medical device industry and has also represented clients in the areas of optically variable thin film devices, semiconductor processing equipment, semiconductor packaging, data storage systems, microelectromechanical devices, tunable lasers and filters, smart materials, microfluidics, power systems, integrated circuits, electrical devices, networked storage systems, solar collectors, fuel cells, downhole drilling tools, and mechanical equipment.
Kent Schmidt - Trial Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Kent is a Trial Partner at Dorsey & Whitney. His practice is focused in the area of general business litigation, with an emphasis in unfair business practices, trade secret litigation, class actions, product liability, securities litigation and enforcement and other commercial disputes, employment law, intellectual property and Prop 65 (environmental) claims. He also conducts internal investigations and provides advice related to securities compliance and other white collar crime matters including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and insider trading. Kent is the author of "Left Coast Law," a blog that discusses the legal environment in California and its impact on businesses, residents and consumers.
Parker Schweich - Corporate Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Parker is a Partner and Department Head of the Southern California Corporate practice group. He has extensive experience representing emerging companies at every stage of growth, from formation to raising capital to achieving liquidity through a merger and acquisition transaction or public offering. His practice also includes representing venture capital firms in their investments and advising companies in a variety of industries on corporate and securities law, executive compensation matters, corporate governance and other general corporate matters. His clients range from venture backed privately-held companies to large, well-established public companies.
Gabrielle Wirth - Employment Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Gabrielle is an Employment Partner with Dorsey & Whitney. She has extensive experience representing employers in mediations, arbitrations, and administrative practice on wage and hour matters, reductions-in-force, unfair competition, reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law, protecting proprietary information, non-solicitation issues, state and local health and safety laws, drug testing, corporate compliance and personnel matters. Gabrielle’s employment litigation practice is focused on complex employment litigation and class actions including sexual harassment, race, age, sex and disability discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, unfair competition, WARN Act, misappropriation of trade secrets, alter ego and invasion of privacy.
Jason Wisniewski - Corporate Associate, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
is a member of Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s Venture Capital and Emerging Companies practice group located in Southern California. He has extensive experience representing emerging companies at every stage of growth, from formation to raising capital to achieving liquidity through a merger and acquisition transaction or public offering. Jason has also represented venture capital firms and other investors in their investments. In addition to his transactional practice, he regularly advises companies on general corporate compliance and governance matters, executive compensation and securities law. His clients are primarily privately held high growth, technology and life science companies located in Southern California and Silicon Valley.
Continental breakfast will be served.
Parking - $10 for self parking and $16 for valet.
When & Where
OCTANe drives technology industry growth and innovation in Orange County by connecting ideas and people with resources and capital. Its members represent Orange County technology executive leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, academicians, and strategic advisors, all working together to fuel innovation in the OC. OCTANe annually welcomes more than 7,000 people to its programs and events. More than 2,000 business leaders throughout the Orange County region are OCTANe members. For more information, visit www.octaneoc.org.