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.
Lindsey S. Mignano will moderate a panel called "How to Retire as a Small Firm Lawyer: Considerations in Estate Planning, Employment, and Ethics" by panelists Adam Koss of Koss Firm APC, Katherine Dulany of Zarate Dulany Law, P.C., and Brigitte Binkert of Brigitte Binkert Law Offices. Topics include ownership rules for professional corporations and law firm partnerships (CA Rule 1-310 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 actually be an independent contractor under AB5 in California and implications for “fee sharing” with retiring “Of Counsel” under Rule 2-200; and competency concerns arising from an untimely death. Link to register will be provided shortly.
Lindsey S. Mignano will moderate a panel entitled "Eliminating Bias in the Legal Industry: Actions to Recruit, Retain, and Advance Minorities and Intersectional Individuals in the Legal Profession" with panelists Lien Payne, Jay Hoon Lee of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and Ammar Saheli of San Francisco State University. Panelists will discuss the historical myths regarding race, gender, etc. that bar true equity; how older lawyers can bridge the gap and have cross-cultural and cross-generational conversations with younger lawyers about race, gender, and intersectionality; how people in positions of power who are more senior in their careers can mentor younger, intersectional attorneys of color; and what measures law firms and the legal industry in general can take to encourage attorneys of color and intersectional attorneys to thrive in the industry.
September 24, 2020 - 11:00 am PST - Panel on "How Pre-Seed and Seed Founders are Approaching Business During the Pandemic" with NowCFO
Lindsey S. Mignano and Morgan Rogers of NowCFO will moderate a virtual panel called "How Pre-Seed and Seed Founders are Approaching Business During the Pandemic" featuring B2C/Enterprise SaaS company founders Oscar Adelman of Remi, Peggy O'Flaherty of Mavely, and Cory Woods of Zypp. Panelists will discuss how pre-seed and seed founders are managing, pivoting, and developing their products and services during the pandemic.
Teela Smith, Michael Bracamontes of Bracamontes and Vlasak PC, and Katherine Dulany of Zarate Dulany Law, P.C. will present on topics of employment law considerations from an employee versus employer perspective, and employee equity compensation issues in the context of negotiating settlements between companies and their employees. Link to register will be provided shortly.
Teela Smith will moderate a panel entitled "How Pre-Seed and Seed Founders are Approaching Business During the Pandemic" hosted by Early Growth Financial Services. Panelists include David Chan, CEO, IntelleXt, Breanna Tomasello, CEO & Founder, Luv Snacks Inc., Sven Brunner, CEO & Founder, holo|one, and Phil Wennker, Co-Founder, Mnemonic AI. Topics of discussion include questions such as how the pandemic affected business plans, business pivots, and financing.
Lindsey S. Mignano will moderate a panel entitled "Evaluating 'Left Out and Left Behind': Panel discussion regarding the new report on women of color attorneys from ABA Commission on Women in the Profession" featuring panelists Bethanie Barnes of Slack Technologies, Suzette Barnes of Orrick, Chambord Benton-Hayes of Ogletree Deakins, Paulette Brown of Locke Lord, Eileen Letts of Zuber, Lawler, and del Duca, and Destiny Peery of the Red Bee Group. This panel is being sponsored by the Barristers Club Racial Justice Initiative, Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California, and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.