Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco panel entitled "Allyship and the Legal Profession in 2021: A roundtable discussion with female law firm owners on how to support diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal industry." Panelists Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law, Valerie Fenchel of Fenchel Family Law, Amanda Conley of Brand and Branch, and Valerie Kushel of VGK Law discussed the statistical inequities in promotion between women of color attorneys, and how Asian and white female lawyers can be better allies to other women of color in law.
Lindsey S. Mignano, Luigi Congedo of Bootstrap Labs, Asif Moosani of Gradient Ventures, Owen Carlton of NowCFO, and John Mannes of Basis Set Ventures presented for NowCFO and TriNet in a co-sponsored panel entitled "Investing in AI: Financing Predictions and Landscape in 2020." Panelists discussed the current state of the industry for early-stage AI startup founders, including topics such as financing trends; what early-stage American VCs investing in early-stage AI companies are looking for in 2021; and strategies for raising, remotely, a pre-Seed (ex. $500K) v. Seed (ex. $1-4M) v. Series A ($5-20M+) round in 2021.
Lindsey S. Mignano, Alexa Binns of Halogen Ventures, Caron Gugssa-Howard and Dianna Tremblay of ICA Fund, and Linda Maduwara of Fife Avenue Partners presented on financing trends, building founder-VC relationships, as well as diversity and inclusion concerns in startup land on Clubhouse on 3/25/21 for a FemTech Collective-sponsored panel.
Lindsey S. Mignano, Ernest Hammond III of Twilio, and Michael Keough of Steptoe & Johnson presented a for the Bar Association of San Francisco Law Students Committee on what employers are looking for during remote interviews when hiring for summer associate or associate positions. Sarah Hoffman of Venable moderated the panel.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel entitled "Women & Minority Owned Law Firms: Addressing Intersectionality in Law Practice and Ownership of Law Firms" with panelists Ann Cun of Accel Visa Attorneys, Aravinda Sheshadri of Venturous Counsel, and Nnena Ukuku of Venture Gained Legal. This panel was hosted by the Bar Association of San Francisco's Racial Justice Initiative and various attorney organizations dedicated to racial and social justice.
Lindsey S. Mignano, Travis Hedge of Vouch Insurance, Priya Saprisad of Mayfield Fund, Frank Mastronuzzi of Punch Financial, and Tim Young of Eniac Ventures presented a panel hosted by Vouch Insurance on the current state of the industry for early-stage startup founders, including topics such as Q1 2021 financing and acquisition trends in a Covid world for national and international startups; what early-stage American VCs are looking for in 2021 and the new realities of fundraising virtually; strategies for raising a pre-seed (ex. $500K) v. Series Seed (ex. $1-4M) v. Series A ($5-20M+) round in 2021 from your couch; and building and insuring a team after a successful venture raise.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Siegmar Pohl of Kilpatrick Townsend spoke on a Contra Costa County Bar Association panel entitled "Benefit Corporations v. "B Corps": What Are They and Why Do They Matter?" regarding benefit corporations (also known as public benefit corporations in Delaware), which allow social entrepreneurs to create for-profit corporate entities with goals of enacting a positive impact on society, workers, the surrounding community, and/or the environment, in addition to reaping a profit. They provided the audience with a preliminary introduction to this type of business entity, an explanation of why a social entrepreneur might want to incorporate this entity, and requirements of and funding opportunities for (public) benefit corporations.
Lindsey S. Mignano, alongside co-panelists Matthew Gluck of Gluck Daniel, Rose Ellen Fairgrieve of Fairgrieve Law, Anthony Chiosso of Chiosso Law, and Albert Thuesen of Coit Law Group presented “50 in 60: 50 Great Ideas in to Help Your Solo & Small Firm Take Off This Year!” Specific topics included recommendations on the subscription software for small law firms, tips on what hardware for the home office, tools can be accessed from anywhere at any time, and a general overview of the services, programs, software and tools solo and small firms need to operate remotely.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco panel entitled "Succession Planning: Considerations in Estate Planning, Employment & Ethics" with panelists Bryan Kirk, the Director of Financial and Estate Planning at Fiduciary Trust Company International, Adam Koss of KOSS FIRM, and Katherine Zarate Dulany of Zarate Dulany Law. Panelists discussed ownership rules for professional corporations and law firm partnerships (CA Rule 5.4 and CA Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3.157); issues with transferring law firm shares or partnership interests into a trust to avoid probate; whether a retiring “Of Counsel” can be properly classified as an independent contractor under AB5 in California; implications for “fee sharing” with retiring “Of Counsel” under Rule 1.5.1; and competency concerns arising from an untimely death.