Past Meetup

Legal Advice For Entrepreneurs & Their Companies

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60 people went

Price: $15.00 /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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Details and the Seattle Entrepreneurs present:

Legal Advice For Entrepreneurs & Their Companies

An interactive workshop covering crucial legal and tax issues facing entrepreneurs and their companies during the business life-cycle from start-up, expansion, and exit. Our legal 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

A key part of the workshop will be the opportunity to discuss with fellow entrepreneurs legal and tax issues they are facing and what solutions they found to be the most beneficial. You will be able to learn from others as to how to avoid legal mistakes and solve the problems you are facing now without spending large amount of money on legal help.

Featuring: William Carleton (McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC), Steve Cook (CPA), Adam Philipp (ÆON Law), John J. Tollefsen (Tollefsen Law), and Joe Wallin (Davis Wright Tremaine LLP) [bios below], and moderated by Peter Fosso (Entrepreneur & Startup Coach/Consultant).

NOTE: Please arrive as close to 5:30pm as possible. (The building's lobby elevators are locked after 7pm, so no one will be allowed to arrive after 7pm!)

Event includes food and beverages.

Register today !

*Register NOW for $15 (or pay $20 cash at the door).

Register here (or at at ).

5:30pm - 6:00pm Networking

6:00pm - 7:00pm Panel Discussion

7:00pm - 7:30pm Audience Q&A

7:30pm - 8:00pm Workshop discussion

8:00pm - 8:30pm Post-Event Networking Hour

8:30pm - Event ends

*Students can receive a special 25% discount ( )


William Carleton is a member of McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC. Drawing on experience that spans the history of the Web, Bill counsels entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, board directors and executives who found, nurture and monetize growing companies. Bill blogs daily at Counselor @ Law ( ) and is frequently quoted on topics ranging from social media, to securities law reforms, to the #Occupy Wall Street movement. He is also one of the two lawyers behind Startup Trivia, an app for iOS and Android with daily questions about startup law and culture.

Steve Cook (Certified Public Accountant) graduated with a BBA with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Washington and was nominated to Beta Alpha Psi. He passed the CPA exam on the first attempt and started career with a strong local CPA firm where he worked with local companies. Steve moved to an international firm where he got involved in public offerings and public company audits. He started his own practice where he has worked with startups to large companies, helping several companies grow from concept to public offering. He's helped others from micro to hundreds of employees in multi-states which were then bought out by national companies.

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.

John J. Tollefsen (Tollefsen Law ( obtained a degree in Business Administration and started his practice with the goal of helping entrepreneurs build successful businesses. He has added to his knowledge and experience through more than 37 years of legal practice and his own entrepreneurial endeavors. He has worked on many private and public financings in a wide range of industries. After representing hundreds of businesses from formation through their inevitable challenges (like litigation or even bankruptcy), he has developed an unusually broad background to assist entrepreneurs. He has offices in Oregon, Washington, and New York.

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!

The event will be moderated by Peter Fosso (Entrepreneur & Startup Coach/Consultant).

The Seattle Entrepreneurs would like to thank our generous sponsors:

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Cook & Co.

Ember Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC