Past Meetup

Legal & Tax Advice For Entrepreneurs & Their Companies

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Price: $20.00 /per person

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

1201 Third Avenue #2200 · Seattle, WA

How to find us

We'll all be in the large conference room on the main floor.

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Covering crucial legal and tax issues facing entrepreneurs and their companies during the business life-cycle from start-up, expansion, and exit. Our experts will give you professional advice on topics such as:

• Incorporation. Which legal business entity should you have: LLC, C corp, S corp, partnership etc

• Is there a difference between registering a company in different states? Cheaper, tax benefits etc

• When should you file a patent?

• Contract between co-founders? What to include

• Rewarding employees with equity. What to consider?

• Employee contracts. What to include?

• Sales/commission agreements. What to consider?

• How do you set up bookkeeping correctly?

• How do you maximize tax relief?

• Different type of funding. What to expect from each?

• What are the legal obligations to angel investors?

and more

Don't miss this!


Ashley Long (Ember IP (

Adam Philipp (Founder, ÆON Law (

Chris Strand, MST, CPA, PFS (Bader Martin (

Joe Wallin (Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (

Moderated by Colin Christianson (CEO/founder, Tenacious Ventures (

Food & beverages provided.

Register now for $20 (or pay $25 cash at the door). Sorry, no refunds.


Bader Martin ( is a nationally and regionally recognized CPA and business advisory firm based in Seattle, serving entrepreneurs and their privately owned and venture-funded businesses for more than 20 years.

Davis Wright Tremaine ( is a law firm, dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.


Ashley Long (Founder, Ember IP) provides 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.

Adam Philipp is the Founder of ÆON Law has been involved in the strategy and prosecution of patent applications in the software, electrical devices, consumer products and related fields since 1998 and with Internet and technology related law since 1995. Ever the entrepreneur; Adam also can be found creating iPhone apps and electronic gadgets.

Chris Strand, MST, CPA, PFS is a principal in the tax practice of CPA and business advisory firm Bader Martin, PS. He also directs the firm’s high net worth practice. Chris’ work integrates tax strategies with accounting, financial and business consulting, and wealth planning for entrepreneurs and their ventures, as well as affluent families and their family businesses. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Washington and a master’s in taxation from Golden Gate University. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Washington Society of CPAs and volunteers on a number of boards and committees.

Joe Wallin (Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP) is a business transactions attorney whose practice focuses on emerging, high growth, and startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other significant business transactions. Joe also represents investment funds, investors, and acquirers of businesses. He provides general counsel services to companies of all sizes, from startup to post-public, and is the founder of Joe has been selected to "Washington Super Lawyers" in Law & Politics and in addition he has been written up twice and pictured once in TechCrunch!


Colin Christianson is the CEO & founder of Tenacious Ventures, which has driven online marketing programs and digital media creation for some of the largest brands in the world including Microsoft, The Gates Notes Foundation, ING Direct Sharebuilder, Clarisonic and more. By leveraging live video broadcasts, social media and online analytics he has revamped the way campaigns and events market themselves. He has trained, led and analyzed one of the largest international social media initiatives in the world covering Microsoft Imagine Cup for the past 3 years. Colin serves on the board for the Young Entrepreneur Social and Team Up for Non-Profits.

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