Legal Essentials for Startups: Organizing the Entity

Legal Essentials for Startups: Organizing the Entity
Event on 2012-10-25 18:00:00

The New York Technology Council is launching a three-session program designed to provide principals of early-stage companies with essential knowledge of legal issues that can critically affect their likelihood of success.  Each program will be delivered by a panel of attorneys drawn from large, mid-size and small law firms, all with extensive experience in both the subject matter of the series and the operations and concerns of startups and emerging growth companies. 

The goal of the series is to provide attendees with the tools necessary to spot significant legal issues and avoid some of the most common legal pitfalls that can cause harm down the road, and to assist them in establishing solid foundations for their entrepreneurial ventures. These interactive sessions will have ample opportunity for Q&A and will be equally valuable for principals of existing companies and for those intending to start companies.

This session will discuss such issues as:

  • Types and choice of entity
  • Structuring the entity
  • Agreements among founders
  • Management and control issues

Doors open at 6PM for networking and discussion starts at 6:20PM.



Frode Jensen, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Frode Jensen is a partner in the New York office of Holland & Knight. Over his career Frode has represented numerous entrepreneurs, managers and institutional and individual investors in startups, early stage companies and growth companies in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, communications, data collection, retailing and distribution, as well as numerous "old economy" industries. He is an honors graduate of Williams College and received his JD from Columbia Law School where he was a Stone Scholar.


Glen K. Westerback, Associate, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Glen K. Westerback is an associate in the Technology, eCommerce & Privacy Group and Corporate and Finance Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.

Mr. Westerback counsels clients on software, e-commerce and Internet issues, including matters related to classic Web-enabled commerce, privacy and data security, blogging and social networking, cloud computing, online advertising, and the development and licensing of websites, mobile apps, and other software and leading edge innovations.

Mr. Westerback also helps media, technology and other innovative companies organize and reorganize, structure entrepreneurial ventures, and access financing. He has advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, marketing and distribution agreements, licensing of intellectual property, and services agreements, employment, and other corporate arrangements.

Mr. Westerback currently edits “CyberLaw Currents” (, a Frankfurt Kurnit blog about the law of doing business on the Internet.

Mr. Westerback is a graduate of The College of William & Mary (BA, magna cum laude, 2000) and Cornell Law School (JD, 2003.



Paul Ellis, Principal, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC

Paul Ellis is the principal of a six-lawyer firm, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC, and is a founding board member of the New York Technology Council (NYTECH) and leads NYTECH’s bi-monthly series of legal events. He has represented companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals, as well as funds and individual and institutional investors. Mr. Ellis counsels on issues including formation, early-stage financing, joint venture and strategic partnering relationships, employment, equity plans, mergers and acquisitions, and, together with his colleagues, protection and licensing of intellectual property. Beyond the software/internet/IT industries, he has practiced in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, real estate, consumer products and entertainment. Previously, Mr. Ellis practiced with two major New York firms. He has extensive public speaking experience, having spoken on panels presented by organizations including the New York Academy of Sciences, Columbia University, the MIT Enterprise Forum and the National Science Foundation on the legal issues facing early-stage and technology companies. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Georgetown Law School.

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