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.
December 3, 2020 - 12 - 1 pm PST - Panel for Carta
Teela Smith will speak on a panel hosted by Carta entitled "Executive and Employee Compensation for Early Stage Startups: How Are Startups Building Teams and Paying Founders and Employees in 2020". Teela will be joined on the panel by Francesca Puccinelli of Carta, Rebekah Willetts and Audrey Massoni of ADP, and Robert Ravanshenas of Maven Ventures. Topics include 2020 stats on how early stage startups are compensating their founders and employees from an equity perspective (by Carta) and salary perspective (by ADP); how to protect your startup by executing the proper legal documents for founders and employees (by Smith Shapourian Mignano PC), and the best practices to build an early stage (remote) startup team after a seed financing event (by Maven Ventures).
December 9, 2020 - 10 -11 am PST - Panel for NowCFO
Lindsey S. Mignano will speak on a panel hosted by NowCFO entitled "State of the Early Stage Startup Industry: 2020 Trends and Post-Election Financing Predictions for 2021". Lindsey will be joined by Lauren McCollom of Grasshopper Bank, Keenan McCollom of NowCFO, Jason Torres of Sana Capital, and Chang Zu of Basis Set Ventures. Topics include financing and acquisition trends in a Covid world, and more recently, post-election, for national and international startups; what early stage American VCs are looking for in 2020 and the realities of fundraising during a pandemic; and strategies for raising a pre-seed (ex. $500K) v. Series A (ex. $1-4M) round in 2021, after the election.
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.