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.
July 22, 2020 - 12 - 1:30 pm - Virtual Panel on "State of Funding: Perspectives on How to Approach Fundraising in 2020"
Lindsey S. Mignano, Luigi Congedo of Bootstrap Labs VC, Alexa Binns of Halogen Ventures, and Matt Estes of Brex will present on various fundraising topics including what early stage VCs are looking for in 2020 and the realities of fundraising during a pandemic; financing trends and how legal terms in financing, acquisition, or basic contractual documents may change in a post-Covid environment; the alternative options to VC funding; and when entrepreneurs should consider working capital, debt financing, and creative approaches to IPOs.
July 28, 2020 - 9 am - Virtual Panel with Bootstrap Labs VC, Wilmot Ventures, and Carta
Lindsey S. Mignano, Luigi Congedo of Bootstrap Labs VC, Danielle Delancey of Wilmot Ventures, Paige Cortner and Francesca Puccinelli of Carta will present on cap table management, valuations, and preparing for investor due diligence; what early stage VCs are looking for in 2020 and the realities of fundraising during a pandemic; and financing trends and how legal terms in financing or acquisition documents may change in the post-Covid investor-friendly environment.
Lindsey S. Mignano will moderate a panel entitled "Recognizing and Dismantling Bias in Law Firms and Private Companies" with panelists Lien Payne, Basil Williams, Deputy Attorney General of the California Department of Justice, Ernest Hammond, Senior Product Counsel at Twilio, and Prerna Lal of Lal Legal. The panel is a part of the Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Racial Justice Initiative.
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.