Lindsey S. Mignano, Travis Hedge of Vouch Insurance, Priya Saprisad of Mayfield Fund, Frank Mastronuzzi of Punch Financial, and Tim Young of Eniac Ventures presented a panel hosted by Vouch Insurance on the current state of the industry for early-stage startup founders, including topics such as Q1 2021 financing and acquisition trends in a Covid world for national and international startups; what early-stage American VCs are looking for in 2021 and the new realities of fundraising virtually; strategies for raising a pre-seed (ex. $500K) v. Series Seed (ex. $1-4M) v. Series A ($5-20M+) round in 2021 from your couch; and building and insuring a team after a successful venture raise.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Siegmar Pohl of Kilpatrick Townsend spoke on a Contra Costa County Bar Association panel entitled "Benefit Corporations v. "B Corps": What Are They and Why Do They Matter?" regarding benefit corporations (also known as public benefit corporations in Delaware), which allow social entrepreneurs to create for-profit corporate entities with goals of enacting a positive impact on society, workers, the surrounding community, and/or the environment, in addition to reaping a profit. They provided the audience with a preliminary introduction to this type of business entity, an explanation of why a social entrepreneur might want to incorporate this entity, and requirements of and funding opportunities for (public) benefit corporations.
Lindsey S. Mignano, alongside co-panelists Matthew Gluck of Gluck Daniel, Rose Ellen Fairgrieve of Fairgrieve Law, Anthony Chiosso of Chiosso Law, and Albert Thuesen of Coit Law Group presented “50 in 60: 50 Great Ideas in to Help Your Solo & Small Firm Take Off This Year!” Specific topics included recommendations on the subscription software for small law firms, tips on what hardware for the home office, tools can be accessed from anywhere at any time, and a general overview of the services, programs, software and tools solo and small firms need to operate remotely.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco panel entitled "Succession Planning: Considerations in Estate Planning, Employment & Ethics" with panelists Bryan Kirk, the Director of Financial and Estate Planning at Fiduciary Trust Company International, Adam Koss of KOSS FIRM, and Katherine Zarate Dulany of Zarate Dulany Law. Panelists discussed ownership rules for professional corporations and law firm partnerships (CA Rule 5.4 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 be properly classified as an independent contractor under AB5 in California; implications for “fee sharing” with retiring “Of Counsel” under Rule 1.5.1; and competency concerns arising from an untimely death.
Teela Smith, Michael Bracamontes of Bracamontes and Vlasak PC, and Katherine Dulany of Zarate Dulany Law, P.C. presented a panel entitled "Equity and Employment for Startups and Small Businesses" for the Bar Association of San Francisco. Panelists discussed equity compensation and employment law changes in 2020. It was aimed at employment lawyers who wanted to learn more about equity compensation, and business lawyers who wanted to learn more about employment law, for the purpose of advising their clients about their rights and obligations.
Lindsey S. Mignano spoke on a First Republic Bank and TriNet panel alongside startup advisor, Blaine Mathieu, of Momenta Partners, Alexa Binns of Halogen Ventures, and Danielle Delancey of Wilmot Ventures regarding how early stage startups can show growth and traction, and impress investors during a virtual pitch and subsequent online meetings; how VCs have been meeting with potential portfolio companies and the best virtual pitch strategies they’ve seen employed by startup founders in 2020; and the trends in raising early stage capital in 2020, and how things in the legal sphere have changed after Coronavirus.
Lindsey S. Mignano spoke on a panel hosted by NowCFO entitled "State of the Early Stage Startup Industry: 2020 Trends and Post-Election Financing Predictions for 2021". Lindsey was joined by Lauren McCollom of Grasshopper Bank, Keenan McCollom of NowCFO, Jason Torres of Sana Capital, and Chang Zu of Basis Set Ventures. Topics included 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 Seed ($1-4M) round in 2021, after the election.
Teela Smith spoke 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, along with Francesca Puccinelli of Carta, Rebekah Willetts and Audrey Massoni of ADP, and Robert Ravanshenas of Maven Ventures, discussed 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).
Neda Shapourian and Kimberly Simms of the Law Office of Kimberly Simms presented a panel entitled "Cannabis Law: Representing Businesses and Addressing Compliance Issues" for the Business Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association. They discussed representing small cannabis businesses, seed funding, patients rights and negotiations with government offices in this exciting new area of law.
Lindsey S. Mignano presented her 3-minute pitch video regarding the firm at the Diversity Referral Night. The Diversity Referral Night was co-sponsored and co-organized by the Alameda County Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association, California Minority Counsel Program, and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. It took place virtually over Remo and exclusively featured diverse solo and small firms.