Lunch & Learn: Startups: Avoiding the Legal Traps

October 6, 2015
October 6, 2015 12:00 PM
1:30 pm
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Is your company’s intellectual property protected? Are you avoiding the taxation minefields? Do you have arrangements in place for dealing with the “what-ifs,” such as your co-founder’s death or his decision to quit working for the company or sell his interest in the company? If your answer to any of these questions is no, you are putting your company at risk.
Attorney and villager Michael Horten of Horten CC will identify the key legal and tax issues a startup needs to address. The presentation will be amplified with war stories from Michael’s many years of working with early-stage companies. Michael’s talk will help you:

  • choose the right legal entity
  • complete the company’s establishment
  • protect the company’s intellectual property
  • work out your relationship with your co-founders
  • plan for the “what ifs”
  • grant the right incentive awards

The session will be highly interactive. If you have lingering legal questions, this is your chance to get some answers. No topic is off-limits, so come armed with your questions!
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About the Instructor

Michael Horten

Horten CC
Michael Horten is a US and European educated lawyer with over 40 years’ experience as a practicing attorney. Mr. Horten began his legal career with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Paris. He then spent 25 years with King & Spalding in Atlanta. At the end of 1999, he retired from the King & Spalding partnership to launch Horten CC, a virtual law firm that focuses on the needs of entrepreneurial growth companies.
Horten CC employs a non-traditional practice model that is based on two key philosophical underpinnings: First, Mr. Horten founded the firm on the premise that top-rate legal services do not have to be bundled with the "marble" and "mahogany" environment that typically is associated with those services. The firm has no central offices, no paper files and it uses the latest technology to create efficiencies. As a result, the firm’s fees are considerably lower than those charged by firms of comparable ability and quality. Second, Horten CC bills its clients for the value delivered and not for the time spent by the attorney. The firm does not keep track of every "six minutes," as is the norm in most law firms. The firm believes that its clients purchase its lawyers’ skill, not their time. The firm’s work is typically performed for a fixed fee.