An Attorney’s Guide to Ethically Advising Start-Ups



The world of start-ups is an extremely exciting area of practice, in which clients generally require quite a bit of individualized attention as they try to establish and grow their fledgling companies. This course is designed for both start-up lawyers and those looking to enter the start-up world. We provide the tools needed to navigate the myriad of ethical quandaries inherent to this type of practice. After all, in such a specialized field – one in which connections are everything – the line between ethically safe and ethically problematic opportunities can be a fine one.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Networking and capital raising for your client while avoiding conflicts of interest or other ethical pitfalls
•   Determine if and when it is right to accept equity in your client’s company
•   Understanding “confidentiality”
•   Advising start-ups at conferences and other events without incurring liability

Date / Time: November 13, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: October 21, 2019

Todd Kulkin, Esq. opened his own corporate law practice in 2012, after leaving one of the U.S.’s largest law firms. His areas of expertise cover international corporate structuring, corporate finance, governance, compliance, securities, contract negotiation, and corporate transactions on a global scale. He received the “Rising Star” designation from Thomson Reuters’ Superlawyers rating service from 2014 to 2019, an honor reserved for only 2.5% of practicing attorneys under 40 in the highly competitive New York Metro area. Todd’s advice is often sought by his professional contemporaries, and he regularly educates attorneys around the U.S. about corporate finance, securities law, legal ethics, and not-for-profit tax issues.

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Section I. Introduction to Start-up Practice

Section II. Overview of major Rules of Professional Responsibility

Section III. Confidentiality

Section IV. Conflict of Interest

Section V. Solicitation & Networking

Section VI. No-Contact Rule

Section VII. Referral Fees

Section VIII. Communicating with Unrepresented Persons

Section IX. Should you take equity?