In-Person Program

How to Build a Successful Practice Representing Start-Up Entrepreneurs & Micro-Enterprises

Your toolbox to advise clients during this important formative phase of business development

2160300P01
Tuesday, 6/28/2016, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
3 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

Advising start-up entrepreneurs and microenterprises with limited resources about legal requirements for launching and operating their business can present unique challenges that larger businesses or well-financed start-ups do not face. This new program gives you the toolbox to advise these clients during this important early phase of their business development. Learn about key forward-thinking choice of entity, employment, trademark registration, and contract drafting considerations, options—and best practices on a limited budget. By adding value for these clients in an efficient, cost-effective manner at this crucial time in their business development, you can build the foundation for a long-term lawyer-client relationship.

2:00 - 2:05 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Robert R. Statchen, Esq., LLM, MBA, Western New England University School of Law Library, Springfield, Chair
2:05 - 2:45 p.m.
Determining Whether a Limited Liability Entity Is Necessary for Tax or Liability Purposes or Whether Commercial Insurance Would Provide a Greater Benefit If a Client Has Limited Resources for Risk Management Concerns
Decision-Making Clauses within Partnership, Shareholder, or Operating Agreements When There Are Only Two Owners—a Common Scenario
John M. Cunningham, Esq., Law Offices of John M. Cunningham, PLLC, Concord
2:45 - 3:25 p.m.
Employment Laws That Affect All Employers Regardless of Size
Drafting Appropriate Employee Applications, Job Announcements, Employee Handbooks and Non-Compete, Nondisclosure, and/or Non-Solicitation Agreements
Susan G. Fentin, Esq., Skoler, Abbott & Presser, PC, Springfield
3:25 - 3:35 p.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
3:35 - 4:15 p.m.
Advising about the Benefits of Establishing a Suggestive, Arbitrary, or Fanciful Mark as Early in the Process as Possible
Conducting Due Diligence, the Online Trademark Application Process at the USPTO and General Trademark Maintenance Requirements
Shannon J. Sadowski, Esq., New Leaf Legal LLC, Cambridge
4:15 - 4:55 p.m.
Efficiently Drafting Contracts That Effectively Identify and Implement the Relevant Business and Legal Terms to Reduce the Client’s Liability Exposure
Robert R. Statchen, Esq., LLM, MBA, Western New England University School of Law Library, Springfield, Chair
4:55 - 5:00 p.m.
"Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

Table of Contents

Chair

Robert R. Statchen, Esq., LLM, MBA, Western New England University School of Law Library, Springfield

Faculty

John M. Cunningham, Esq., Law Offices of John M. Cunningham, PLLC, Concord
Susan G. Fentin, Esq., Skoler, Abbott & Presser, PC, Springfield
Shannon J. Sadowski, Esq., New Leaf Legal LLC, Cambridge

Speaker(s)