What's the Workshop About?
This workshop is for entrepreneurs who are thinking about forming a start-up, or have recently started a business, and want greater insight on how to avoid the typical legal problems encountered by new businesses. Four professionals - a securities lawyer, an intellectual property (IP) lawyer, an immigration lawyer, and an international tax CPA - will discuss the most important legal issues to consider in the early stages of your business. Their presentations will provide information on how to protect your intellectual property rights, avoid tax surprises, handle immigration issues and ensure a smooth growth and exit.
Our Top 10 Legal Missteps List:
- Not forming a business entity.
- Choosing the wrong entity type.
- Not protecting your IP assets.
- Mismanaging your IP assets.
- Misunderstanding visa options when you start your own company.
- Mishandling employee arrangements and tax matters outside of the U.S.
- Operating with fuzzy founder or employment agreements (or, lack of agreements!).
- Failing to correctly compensate employees/founders/partners (e.g. stock options, salaries for S-Corp owners, retirement plans, and more).
- Ignoring your books.
- DIY lawyering/accounting/etc!
Come join us!
6:00pm - 6:30pm - Networking & Refreshments
6:30pm - 7:30pm - Panelists & QA Session
7:30pm - 8:00pm - Networking
Parking spaces are available for free in the Forum Building parking lot in front of the building. On street parking is also available.
Our Speakers Include:
Ashley Long - Founder of Ember IP: Ashley founded Ember IP to provide legal services that are truly compatible with the demands of emerging companies. Prior to founding Ember IP, Ashley worked in several prominent intellectual property and corporate practices in Massachusetts. She earned her B.A. degree in theatre from Alfred University and her J.D. degree from New England School of Law, where she was an associate editor for the NESL Journal of International and Comparative Law. Ashley has also taught the subjects of trademark law, unfair competition law, and copyright law at Boston area law schools. She was an adjunct faculty member at New England School of Law, and has served as guest lecturer at New England School of Law and Suffolk Law School. A native Pacific Northwesterner, Ashley is excited to be back home and building the Ember IP practice.
Carter Mackley - Co-Founder of Mackley & Mackley PLLC: Carter is a start-up company lawyer has practiced law 23 years. After earning his law degree at Columbia Law School in New York City he went to work for a prominent Wall Street firm. He “retired” after three years to pursue mountain climbing and kayaking. Taking a part-time job as a deputy prosecutor, he eventually served as county prosecutor in Blackfoot, Idaho. While in Idaho, he also formed his own start-up, a print magazine about bears. In 2000 Carter returned to business law, working at the Seattle office of an international law firm for 10 years. Two years ago, Carter opted for the low-overhead, virtual-firm style of practice, forming Mackley & Mackley PLLC with his wife Jennifer. They provide experienced, cost-effective counsel to start-up companies of all types, assisting entrepreneurs with entity formation, fundraising, general outside counsel matters, and exit transactions. Mackley & Mackley is an active sponsor of the Northwest Chapter of Keiretsu Forum, a collaborative effort by angel investors to screen, finance and promote the growth of start-up companies.
Tahmina Watson - Founder of Watson Immigration Law: Tahmina Watson founded Watson Immigration Law to assist individuals and business entities with all investment visa matters, as well as all family-based and employment-based immigration matters. Tahmina is committed to providing high quality, cost effective, and efficient services at a very personal level. Her clients range from individuals to large multinational companies. Tahmina's firm serve clients all over the United States as well as all over the world. Prior to founding Watson Immigration Law, Tahmina was a partner at White & Watson from July 2006 to December 2008 practising exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization law. Tahmina obtained her law degree and graduated from Brunel University, London, England in 2000. Tahmina is an active member of the pro bono community in Seattle, working with both the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project and the Access to Justice program at Seattle University.
Deniz Kiral - Owner of Turquoise Financial Advisory: Deniz Kiral is a Certified Public Accountant, with over 15 years of work experience in the financial services industry focusing on taxation and finance. He has extensive work experience with the Big 4 public accounting firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and Arthur Andersen, where he specialized in international taxation and taxation for high-net worth individuals. He now has his own tax and wealth practice, Turquoise Financial Advisory, in Bellevue. In addition to being a CPA, Deniz has an undergraduate degree from Ohio State University, a Masters degree in taxation from Miami University and a Masters in Science in Finance from the University of Illinois.
Contact Ashley at email@example.com for more details.