Smith Shapourian Mignano PC is a women- and minority-owned boutique law firm in San Francisco, representing startups and small businesses. We are an innovative and enterprising law firm, utilizing up-to-the-minute technology to maximize our efficiency and effectiveness so as to offer clients a high-touch, high-quality experience.
Our clients include growth-stage tech and cannabis entrepreneurs who are forming and scaling their companies; traditional small businesses, micro-funds, and professional services firms who seek to form, buy, sell, merge or dissolve; and businesses or founders involved in disputes with their former companies, employees, partners, investors, service providers, or customers.
Whether it is venture capital, BigLaw, or BigTech, there remains a severe under-representation of non-white, non-male participants. The Rate My Investor report, which covered venture capital investment over 2017, focused on the top 135 firms by deal activity and revealed that, across 4,475 portfolio companies and 10,000 co-founders, 9 percent identified as women, 17 percent identified as Asian American, 2.4 percent identified as Middle Eastern, 1.9 percent identified as Latinx and 1 percent identified as Black. (See: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/336143). How can we change this? Please join Lindsey S. Mignano, Alexa Binns of Halogen Ventures, Caron Gugssa-Howard and Dianna Tremblay of ICA Fund, and Linda Maduwara of Fife Avenue Partners on Clubhouse on 3/25/21 at 4 pm PST for a FemTech Collective-sponsored panel regarding 2021 financing trends and minority representation in the startup industry.
Lindsey S. Mignano will moderate a 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 will discuss 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. We will talk specifically about how white and Asian female law firm owners and managers can be effective allies to their Black and Latina counterparts who are leaving BigLaw and starting their own law firm, or support our Black and Latina counterparts to ascend to positions of power in their existing law firms.