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A Lawyer's Toolkit for Advising New Businesses

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Produced on May 05, 2020

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Course Information

Time 66 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Starting a new business can be one of the most exciting times in a client’s life – but it can also be one of the most stressful. Often, entrepreneurs are going through the process for the first time and will look to their lawyers to provide not only legal counsel but practical business advice as well.

In this program, presented by Ryen Rasmus of the Lipp Law Firm, attorneys will learn the fundamentals necessary to effectively advise new business owners and give them a solid foundation on which they can build a successful operation. The presentation will address basic business law matters, strategies for minimizing both legal and financial risk, and ancillary issues that often escape notice until problems arise – including intellectual property and employment law concerns.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Advise clients on timing, restrictions, and regulations
  2. Choose the right entity type, branding, and equity structure for your client
  3. Consider financing and raising capital
  4. Build an effective professional team
  5. Launch the business and onboard clients 

Credit Information

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Ryen has comprehensive experience in the fields of intellectual property, complex business transactions, and business-related litigation. Ryen specializes in the drafting of contracts and operations documents; resolution of business and intellectual property-related disputes; and counseling in the fields of corporate, employment, and software law. Ryen also serves the firm’s clients by providing mergers and acquisitions-related advice and conducting regulatory oversight reviews to ensure that clients’ businesses are compliant and protected to the maximum extent.

Ryen formerly served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Karen J. Burrell and the Hon. Louis A. Sherman of the Norfolk Circuit Court. While in law school, Ryen worked at a Top 200 law firm in Washington D.C., a Hampton Roads law firm specializing in entertainment law and small business-related issues, and the office of legal counsel at a major state educational institution.

Ryen graduated magna cum laude from William & Mary Law School in 2012 and was honored with the ABA-BNI Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law and the Lewis B. Puller, Jr., Veterans Benefits Clinic Award for Excellence upon his graduation. He graduated summa cum laude from The College of William & Mary in 2009 and was admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa Society during his senior year.

Ryen is admitted to practice law in Virginia and Washington, D.C. Outside of his work with the firm, Ryen is active with a number of local bar associations and intellectual property law-related organizations. Ryen also volunteers time with several non-profit organizations that seek to promote education and positive youth development. 

Ryen started practicing law on 10/24/2012.

Professional Experience:

  • Obtained summary judgment on all counts in favor of the client in a trade secret claim involving the law of four different states. Integrated Direct Mktg., LLC v. May, 129 F. Supp. 3d 336 (E.D. Va. 2015).
  • Assisted multiple clients in arranging and completing the sales of their businesses and purchases of new businesses.
  • Successfully negotiated private settlement of trademark infringement claims, resulting in favorable outcomes for mark owners and defending parties.
  • Coordinated trademark, copyright, and patent license terms for rights owners and licensees in the entertainment and business contexts.
  • Drafted complete suites of legal documentation for numerous software, SaaS, and technology systems.
  • Assisted with the reorganization and modernization of large families of businesses to ensure compliance and efficiency. 


Pro Bono Experience:
  • Volunteer Attorney for Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
  • Represented start-up business owners in launching national and international business ventures
Publications and Presentations :
  • Business Law: A to Z, National Business Institute, October 23, 2019
  • Recognizing and Avoiding Common LLC Pitfalls, LawPracticeCLE, May 8, 2019
  • Everyday LLC Errors, Oversights, and Missteps, National Business Institute, March 27, 2018
  • Prevent Employees from Walking Off with Trade Secrets, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2017
  • Panelist, George Mason Sports and Entertainment Law Association, 2017
  • Panelist, The Washington West Film Festival, 2015 and 2016
  • Panelist, The George Mason American Inn of Court, 2016
Professional Memberships:
  • George Mason American Inn of Court, Executive Committee Member
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Business Law Section Vice-Chair, Past Section Chair
  • International Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Exit Planning Institute


Jay G.

Not enough info on the other organizational types!

Joshua B.

I appreciate how up to date this felt in the time of COVID.

barry f.

Wonderful and informative presentation!

Thea D.

Excellent content

William K.

I was very impressed by the instructor

Jonathan C.

I'll give my best compliment to the presenter: I would hire that lawyer.

Stacy R.

Good Ideas. Thanks!

Layla K.

Very enjoyable!

Ahban S.

This is a great course.

James D.

Very organized, practical, and well delivered. The best Lawline course I've taken so far by a good margin.

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