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 "Exploring Intersectionality & The Legal Industry in 2020," which is comprised of a film viewing and guided discussion regarding the film, “Rising Power: Building an Intersectional Justice Movement in the United States.” Panelists include Ernest Hammond, Senior Product Counsel at Twilio, Jay Hoon Lee of the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Prerna Lal of Lal Legal, and Kelly Matayoshi of Farella Braun + Martel.
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.