THE 10 LEGAL MUST DO’S & 7 BIGGEST MISTAKES TO AVOID
FOR ANY SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURIAL FIRM
What You Must Know in Forming, Growing and Exiting a Company
Learn how to avoid the legal pitfalls that often create roadblocks to entrepreneurial success. Understand the enormous
power strategic legal choices can have in paving the growth of your company.
Get insights from some of the most distinguished law firms and legal minds in the country. These legal professionals and
firms have advised some of the most successful companies and venture capital firms in the area and globally, including:
Burt’s Bees, Inc.
Southern Capital Ventures
Partner, Hutchison Law Group
Hutchison Law Group, a business law firm providing corporate and intellectual property counsel. Helga
stage and established companies, with an emphasis on emerging growth life science and
technology firms. Helga received her J.D.,
with high honors
, from UNC at Chapel Hill, and was Editor
Chief of the
North Carolina Law Review
. She earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University
and an M.S.L.S from UNC. Helga has been recognized in
Best Lawyers in America
annually since 2005.
Partner, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
Chris focuses on intellectual property protection and
licensing, mergers & acquisitions, private
placements, and venture capital financings, primarily in the electronics, life sciences, medical
and software industries. Prior to Wyrick, Chris was with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, the
largest law firm in Silicon Valley. He graduated from the University of Virginia, receiving his B.A., with
honors, and from Harvard Law School, receiving his J.D.,
Partner, Ward and Smith
Mr. Verdonik focuses on corporate and securities law. His transactional work includes public and
private securities offerings, venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate
partnership transactions on behalf of both public and private companies.
Mr. Verdonik has advised
companies in more than a billion dollars of capital raising transactions. Jim graduated from Fordham
University with a B.A. and Fordham School of Law, receiving his J.D.,
Founder, Bagchi Law
After several years with the premier corporate law firms in NC, Neil launched Bagchi Law to assist
clients with Corporate, International and Transactional needs. He was recognized as “North Carolina’s
Legal Elite” in the Business category and one of North Carolina’s "Top 50 Entrepreneurs" by
. Neil attended UNC
Chapel Hill on the prestigious Morehead Scholarship and went
on to UNC Law School to receive his J.D.
John M. Fogg
Partner, Robinson Bradshaw
Mr. Fogg focuses on venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial law. He represents
firms in the software, digital media, networking, medical device, gaming and semiconductor industries.
He has advised on over 75 transactions including 3Com, Cisco, Cypress Semiconductor, GE
Healthcare, Microsoft and Sony Ericsson. Prior to joining the firm, he was the leader of the mergers
and acquisitions group at Hutchison Law Group. He was previously a partner in the Silicon Valley
office of Gray Cary Ware and Freidenrich, LLP (now DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary).