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.
Neda Shapourian and Kimberly Simms of the Law Office of Kimberly Simms will present a panel entitled "Cannabis Law: Representing Businesses and Addressing Compliance Issues" for the Business Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association. This program will provide key insights into representing small businesses, seed funding, patient’s rights and negotiations with government offices in this exciting new area of law. The presenters will discuss vital information to anyone already in, or interested in pursuing, a commercial cannabis business or representing such a business.
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.
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.
Teela Smith, Michael Bracamontes of Bracamontes and Vlasak PC, and Katherine Dulany of Zarate Dulany Law, P.C. will present a panel entitled "Equity and Employment for Startups and Small Businesses" for the Bar Association of San Francisco. This panel will feature employment and corporate attorneys who will touch upon equity compensation and employment law changes in 2020. It is aimed at employment lawyers who want to learn more about equity compensation, and business lawyers who want to learn more about employment law, for the purpose of advising their clients about their rights and obligations.