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 (UC Hastings College of the Law, Class of 2010), Drew Amoroso of DueCourse (UC Davis School of Law, Class of 2010), and Nadim Hegazi of Collins Collins Muir + Stewart (UC Hastings College of the Law, Class of 2009) will speak to new lawyers facing the legal recession in 2020 about their experiences facing the legal recession in 2008 and the years thereafter, in a panel called "Advancing Your Legal Career During a Recession: Lessons learned by those entering the legal field during the Great Recession."
Teela Smith, Danielle Delancey of Wilmot Ventures, Alexa Binns of Halogen Ventures, and Caroline Federal of Fidelity Investments will present on the legal issues faced by FemTech entrepreneurs looking to raise capital in today's climate. More details and a link to sign up to be provided shortly.
Lindsey S. Mignano, Andrea Loh of Loh Legal, and Amber Bissell of Bain Mazza & Debski LLP will present on the topics of gender bias and discrimination in the practice of law, founding female-owned law firms, and business development as a female lawyer in 2020.
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.
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.