An Attorney's Guide to Ethically Advising Start-Ups: 2015 Update

(8824 Ratings)

Produced on: December 11, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

The world of start-ups is an extremely exciting area of practice in which the clients generally require quite a bit of individualized attention as they try to establish and grow their fledgling companies.  

 

This course, led by attorney Todd Kulkin, is designed for both start-up lawyers and those looking to enter the start-up world. Here, he provides 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 is a fine one. 

 

Learning Objectives:

I.     Network on your client’s behalf without a conflict of interest 

II.    Identify potential ethical pitfalls in the search for capital 

III.   Determine if and when it is right to accept equity in your client’s company

IV.   Represent competitors without creating friction with each client  

V.    Understand “confidentiality”

VI.   Advise start-ups at conferences and other events without incurring liability 

VII.  Navigate ethical issues in consulting for your clients

 

 

Faculty

Todd Kulkin

Law Offices of Todd Kulkin

Todd Kulkin specializes in providing legal advice to small/medium sized businesses, start-ups, and non-for-profit organizations. He started his legal career at a large New York law firm. While working for that firm, his time was split between two practice areas: general liability defense and providing corporate and regulatory advice to major corporations. He uses his experience as a civil defense litigator to advise clients about their liability posture and how to mitigate. He left the firm to start his own practice in 2012 and, since then, has expanded his expertise to intellectual property and socially responsible entrepreneurship. Todd graduated with Honors from Brandeis University and with a J.D. in Financial Transactions from University at Buffalo (SUNY) School of Law.

 

An animal lover, Todd sits as Director of Corporate Relations for Mighty Mutts & Meows: a no-kill, 501c3, all volunteer animal rescue organization in New York City.

 

Reviews

JP
John P.

Todd's course was straight forward and very helpful.

JA
James A.

well done ...much content for 1 hour

DT
David T.

interesting and informative

MC
Martha C.

Excellent presentation.

TA
Thomas A.

Very good scope of issues

MG
Michael G.

vey well done. articulate, practical and covered a lot of relevant ground

EM
Erin M.

I actually thought this was one of the more interesting CLEs, particularly for ethics credit!

DD
David D.

Clear, succinct and engaging. Excellent presentation!

DB
Donald B.

Excellent

CB
Craig B.

Mr. Kulkin's witty comments and practical approach made this an interesting and valuable course.

JT
James T.

Nicely done.

LJ
Lisa J.

Very knowledgeable and engaging speaker.

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John O.

Great presentation

PJ
PHILLIP J.

well done

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Randy B.

Great job.

MS
Michael S.

I thought this was very good.

WG
William G.

Excellent course and instructor

HS
Henry S. S.

Very informative and enjoyable.

PL
Perry L.

very relevant information

VS
Vincent S.

Good seminar

PC
Patricia C.

My first on line course and was very pleasantly surprised and pleased.

LD
Louis D.

Great practical information.

SS
Steve S.

Informative especially about ny ethics nuances

GJ
Gregory J.

Excellent presentation. Great advice.

CM
Christine M.

excellent presentation

TJ
Theodore J.

The presenter was excellent.

JC
Jane C.

Great program, great presenter!

SH
Steven H.

great advise for anyone working with start-ups. I will watch this one twice.

RM
Rondal M.

Very thorough. Dealt both with model rules and NY rules where many just give NY information.

KW
Kris W.

Very concise and stuck to the topic, well-presented.

RV
Ron V.

Very good course. Highly recommended.

JH
Joseph H.

Good speaker

KH
Kristin H.

Very informative. Thanks!

AM
Alexander M.

Best presenter I have seen on LawLIne.

MC
Maria C.

Excellent presentation. Todd was succinct and provided useful information. I hope to work with him one day!

PA
Paul A.

Excellent presentation on an interesting and current topic

CG
Cheryl G.

Great presentation!

PC
Phyllis C.

Very useful followup.

MP
Marcus P.

Todd was a great lecturer and kept me very engaged on the subject, particularly as I run my own practice with a focus on nonprofits and startups.

DJ
Don J.

engaging speaker, fast, practical

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Russ R.

Without a doubt, your best presenter.

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ROBERT B.

Excellent, informative presentation

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Harris J.

very well presented

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Joseph R.

very comprehensive

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Darryl S.

Excellent presentation.

GH
george h.

It is my opinion that the speaker of this course was well-organized in the presentation of the subject matter. Thank you.

MB
Michael B.

different from my practice but very interesting and helpful on conflicts and ethics

PR
Paul R.

speaker was good

JL
Jonathan L.

Great presentation.

RR
Rhonda R.

I really enjoyed the enthusiasm this presenter has for his area of expertise.

CF
Chris F.

Great presentation and engaging speaker. Well organized.

KC
Kristine C.

Excellent presentation

BM
Brian M.

Great presentation. Very engaging speaker who concisely presented the material.

AL
Asher L.

Excellent presentation

MK
Matthew K.

Well done. Informative. Thank you.

CR
Charles R.

fantastic cle!

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Rebecca S.

I liked the instructor's practical real life approach.

JS
Jacob S.

Excellent instructor!

MJ
Merritte J.

Enjoyed the presentation.

KK
Kathryn K.

Informative, engaging and useful. The perfect CLE!

DK
Diane K.

Best ethics course I have taken

MM
Melissa M.

The presenter was very good.

BL
Barbara L.

Excellent! Informative.

TB
Taylor B.

Nice course.

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Robert S.

Excellent presentation

DB
Dennis B.

Great instructor

JC
John C.

Good program.

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Rachel S.

Excellent presentation.

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Justin D

good presenter :)

JJ
John J.

Excellent program

MG
michael g.

Great presentation. Very practical and actionable advice.

TM
Tamara M.

This speaker seemed very knowledgeable and well spoken!

SR
Scott R.

Excellent program!

MB
Megha B.

great focus on startups situations

SS
Sarah S.

Excellent course

JS
Jacqueline S.

Excellent presenter - engaging and knowledgeable.

BK
Bethany K.

Great presentation!

GK
Gretchen K.

Mr. Culkin is one of your best presenters. He was so smart and easy to understand. Really a great course!

DR
David Brian R.

Great presentation. Very informative.

JB
Justin B.

This presenter was top notch

RS
Richard S.

Representing a startup means you must take various precautions. This video spelled them out. Thanks, Lawline.

NF
Nathaniel F.

Todd was the best presenter so far. Very engaging and his explanations were excellent.

BR
Brittany R.

Great presentation by Todd. Helpful and concise information.

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DOUGLAS C.

speaker was clear and knowlegeable

MH
Marian H.

good interesting speaker

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Josh N.

Narrow. Area of the law with great significance

JL
Jose L.

great

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Richard S.

Good lecture.

MV
Mark V.

Knowledgable & engaging

WH
William H.

Top notch and, for me, especially timely.

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Sara N.

Great!

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Jessica S.

Practical information succinctly delivered. Useful program.

JP
Joseph P.

Excellent

JL
Juan Carlos L.

Excellent speaker

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Daniel D. B.

Very good.

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thomas t.

fluent, knowlegible

JB
James B.

Excellent speaker. Very passionate about his subject matter.

DP
Dana P.

Excellent presentation. Very informative.

JD
Jeffrey D.

Very pleasant and informative teacher.

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James S.

Very Good.

AB
Audrey B.

Very good presentation

RR
Richard R.

Excellent information!

SG
Steven G.

very interesting subject

DW
Douglas W.

need more like this

RC
Richard C.

Very good presentation.Todd gave a great deal of information in a short time, but you must pay attention, or he'll get past you.

DW
Derek W.

The presenter was excellent, probably the best I've seen on lawline. It goes to show one does not have to be advanced in years in order to present a meaningful value added CLE.

MV
Marshall V.

Good instructive program.

AM
Andrew M.

Great lecturer!

BH
Brian H.

Excellent content review

JL
Jamie L.

This was an incredible presentation. Extremely informative!

AP
Anthony P.

great course, informative, real life examples. A must see.

MM
Megan M.

Excellent speaker

RG
Richard G.

A good introductory overview, and well-presented by a talented speaker. NY-centric, but still valuable for practitioners outside NY.

JE
James E.

I enjoyed the positive, enthusiastic presentation by Mr. Kulkin.

SS
Steven S.

I love startups and this class was just what i needed to know in a very fluid area that isn't always clearcut.

EG
Eve G.

Great speaker! Very engaging.

LS
Larry S.

Excellent presentation.

RR
Rick R.

Nice summary of issues

JC
james c.

Nice guy, nice job.

LM
Lauren M.

Excellent presentation.

SD
Scott D.

Strong presenter and laid out a complex area of law nicely. A very realistic approach to representing/participating in new company ideas. Great lecture

DM
Derek M.

Very good speaker, and very interesting topic.

EZ
Emily Z.

Again. Todd is great.

LT
Lance T.

This was an AWESOME lecture.

TL
Theodore L.

Ethics plus startups means, for most of us, many new legal and factual issues, plus visiting or revisiting ethics provisions. Lecture deftly and clearly introduced these, and practice pointers (how to explain no referral fees to a sales person) helped a lot.

CW
claude w.

he is good

MN
Michael N.

This course made ethics interesting yet down to earth, excellent presentation.

CK
Cheryl K.

really like this speaker and content. one of th best yet.

JN
John N.

Great course, really well presented.

VO
Vanessa O.

it would be so great if every presenter had this much enthusiasm!

NS
Norman S.

informative

JS
Jeffrey S.

Very good speaker.

MB
Mary B.

Excellent presentation.

RA
Raymond A.

Outstanding!

KS
Kevin S.

Strong showing, thank you.

BG
Benjamin G.

I don't really practice this area of the law but am ver interested in the entrepreneurial community and this seminar was very good.. Thanks

TF
Thomas F.

WELL DONE

BR
Beverly R.

Excellent speaker

MH
Marc H.

This was interesting and informative.

BL
Benjamin L.

Instructor was very effective and seemed to be more entehusiasteic than some of the others.

MK
Max K.

Outstanding course!

JF
Jeffrey F.

very good presentation even for the seasoned attorney

KR
Kristine R.

Amazing and comprehensive intro to start ups!

PR
Paul R.

Todd was fantastic!!

RG
Robin G.

excellent faculty

RW
Rhonda G. W.

Thank you for this superb program -- clear, well-organized, and thorough.

SM
Sarah M.

Very relatable speaker and easy to understand.

RR
Richard R.

Practical, straight forward

TS
Thomas S.

This was a great intro to an area that has incredible opportunities but gets little attention.

MW
Marvin W.

Interesting combo of ethics and how to do business.

HH
Harry H.

Very informative

WD
William D.

Great program and very informative. Thank you.

KC
Karina C.

GREAT AND INFORMATIONAL.

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Scott T.

Very knowledgeable instructor. Like him.

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David P.

Good talk!

JB
John B.

Excellent! Great information!

AP
ANDREW P.

The illustration concerning taking equity in exchange for legal services was helpful.

JH
J. Donald H.

Strong presentation - will informed speaker.

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erica l.

Great content value and clear presentation. Great CLE.

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Tonya Y.

Very informative lecture.

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Dennis S.

Lecturer kept my interest and was obviously passionate about his subject.

MA
Mariam A.

Todd is a very good presenter or explained the concepts well.

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Victoria G.

Very informative.

KC
Karla C.

This speaker was enthusiastic and interesting; very informative CLE.

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JA R.

Direct, relevant, on-point. Good pace of instruction with material.

TH
Tenika H.

This refreshed a lot of information and was a great presentation.

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Ra'Shaun K.

Great Lecturer and topic!

JT
James T.

Very thorough

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Edward I.

That was excellent.

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arthur f.

good course by a business start-up lawyer

MM
Melanie M.

Fantastic program.

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Michael V.

Great presentation and very informative!

KU
Kimberley U.

Engaging speaker

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Virginia W V.

very informative and useful presentation

JK
Jennifer K.

This presenter had a big personality and was enthusiastic and articulate enough to make the presentation an easy and enjoyable listen.

MM
mark m.

terrific speaker--knowledgeable

MK
Mark K.

The instructor was not only knowledgeable but also engaging and entertaining. Excellent presentation skills.

TM
Timothy M.

Really enjoyed this presentation.

BC
Baldemar C.

informative and well presented

SW
Steven W.

Great ideas

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Ed S.

Good one. Straightforward

DR
Dwayne R.

Excellent!

RC
Rebecca C.

Very concise and informative!

SC
Sandra C.

Very good course.

IS
Ingrid S.

Excellent! Very practical and interesting

CS
Carol A S.

Good practical examples

HJ
Hilary J.

Good seminar.

DJ
David J.

This class was very informative

GT
gretal t.

Very interesting and informative presentation

SL
Stephen L.

Excellent presentation

MF
Matthew F.

Good, practical information.

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STEPHEN K.

Good lecturer - well prepared; great speaker. Life is good SAK

CS
Charles S.

Some things I hadn't thought about.

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Henry E.

This was a very worthwhile program.

SA
Stephen A.

Very good presentation!

PM
Paul M.

simple-direct-competent-cogent--one of your best

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Zakiyah B.

Great information!

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Michelle H.

Excellent presentation

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Paul S.

An excellent presentation by Mr. Kulkin.

KD
Kelly D.

Great presenter!

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Mauricio J. T.

Excellent!

CS
Chris S.

This guy is great!!!

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Shelley R.

Todd is exceptionally dynamic. I would love to see him in future seminars!

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Robert N.

good info

AL
Anthony L.

Good presenter

MF
Michael F.

Great Course.

JS
Julie S.

great topic and great speaker

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Penny R.

Excellent!!

GK
George K.

Fun and informative course.

CB
Chris B.

Very helpful. I do a lost of startup work in Virginia and it is good to know where the hard lines are.

FB
Frank B.

Very well done and very substantive, particularly for small firm attorneys.

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Terri A.

excellent presentation...easy to listen to and highly recommend...great content

JG
Joan G.

Well done.

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Lois S.

Relevant, interesting and well-paced.

WA
William A.

Very ebullient, knowledgeable speaker.

JR
John R.

Excellent presentation on a topic that is not often reviewed in detail for those who practice with start-ups and early stage venture enterprises. Great program.

YK
Yvenne K.

Excellent presentation and speaker on an area that's often boring. Thank you!!

MP
Melissa P.

He was a very good speaker

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Rod B.

Thought the presenter was fantastic. Great information - well presented.

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Frank V.

Excellent!

FC
Frank C.

Great, succinct presentation

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nazmeen s.

well done and informative

BF
Bruce F.

Outstanding!

DD
Darren D.

This was quite a bit more interesting than the standard ethics cle.

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Arthur S.

Very well done!

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Elliott M.

Very well done. Clearly knew the material and delivered it extremely well. I am impressed

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kenneth k.

Excellent instructor

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Kristin A.

The instructor was very knowledgeable - I learned a great deal about this subject.

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LEE B.

Excellent lecture with helpful examples.

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Sarah B.

Great presentation. The presenter was interesting and succinct.

ME
Maudine E.

Good Speaker

CJ
Chris J.

Mr. Kulkin is always a good presenter.

LH
Laila H.

very confident and informative speaker

CC
Cole C.

Good job. He hit on a lot of issues I'm faced within in a similar small practice for start-ups.

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Eugene A C.

Concise, on-point, and well presented.

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Hon. John D.

Engaging speaker with great content

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Kim K.

Fabulous! Really enjoyed presentation.

JM
john m.

Excellent program. One of the best yet On Lawline.

JC
Jennie C.

The instructor was fantastic. Really engaging - an enjoyable presentation.

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Peter C.

very good course, very interesting presentation

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mike m.

fun topic

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Isaiah K.

Very well done. Well-organized, with good introduction of topics and outline structure. Thank you for your preparation.

JP
John J. P.

Todd was a great speaker.

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William R.

Excellent

JP
James P.

Good speaker. Kept it interesting.

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Saundra Y.

One of the best ethics CLE's I've seen. The presenter was engaging with real examples.

PD
Peter D.

Mr. Kulkin is an excellent presenter. I really enjoyed his style.

CR
christopher r.

Well organized; moved quickly through much material.

HD
Holly D.

This program was very useful and full of practical knowledge.

DF
David F.

Fantastic instructor. I'd refer my friends in New York to him.

SB
Shana B.

Excellent overview and great advice

SF
Sara F.

Excellent!

CB
carol b.

Excellent presentation. The speaker obviously knows his materials.

EC
Edward C.

Very informative and well delivered.

GM
Gerard M.

todd is a very good speaker and has a lot of practical advice

DM
Deidre M.

Great speaker

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Crane L.

Informative, well paced. Very erudite instructor. Thanks, lawline.

MS
Mark S.

Very good presentation.

PF
Paul F.

todd is great

SR
Stuart R.

Excellent program - critical information, well presented.

LP
Loren P.

Excellent Speaker

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Elizabeth F.

Nice to have an ethics class with specific focus toward certain clients.

PC
Peter C.

As a veteran transactional attorney, let me say that Todd Kulkin is spot-on with his practical advice.

MY
Mark Y.

Speaker was very good.

DC
Daphne Marie C.

Todd Kulkin is always such a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker.

KM
Kimberly M.

Excellent speaker

AF
Amy F.

A very practical course.

GN
George N.

Excellent! Both in style and substance. Highly recommended!

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Steve L.

informative

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Charles D.

Excellent Presentation!

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PASQUALE V.

i liked this CLE. Speaker was engaging.

KR
Kara R.

great speaker

HM
Howard M.

Excellent speaker!

RT
Richard T.

An especially excellent presentation b/c speaker spoke to practical issues as well as technical ethical issues and the 1 hr. went fast but thoroughly.

SS
Sarah S.

I thought this speaker was well-informed and the content was helpful; however, I felt this was more of a beginning/overview course. I regularly advise veteran-owned small businesses that are starting work in the federal arena, and I found that I knew most of this content already (though it was good for peace of mind to confirm!).

FV
Fred V.

great

CW
Catherine W.

Love the presenter!!! I want to watch all his CLE!

TD
Tom D.

Engaging presentation!

JA
James A.

Very affable and understandable. Good speaker

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jack s.

Excellent presentation

WB
William B.

This is a superb presentation..

WM
William M.

Nice job.

NF
Nathaniel F.

Excellent presentation. Good substantive information and excellent delivery.

HK
Howard K.

The best presentation I have watched so far.

DH
Daniel H.

Great.

RK
Richard K.

very thorough and organized

NM
Neal M.

great course... instructor held my attention

JD
John D.

The presentation was helpful in identifying the ethical issues and other issues that I run into when representing a start-up.

LH
Lee H.

Great presentation relating to Rules of Professional Conduct with great insights regarding precautions and concerns of potential conflicts or violation of the Rules!!! His work regarding start-ups sounds impressive--he certainly must be very successful in handling new businesses!!! And his delivery was great!!!

RC
Richard C.

Thank you.

SB
Steven B.

Good speaker. Good presentation.

JC
Joseph C.

Engaging

KB
Kelvin B.

Great presentation!

RC
Richard J. C.

He was very knowledgeable and informed! Highly recommend all attorneys take this course.

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Bruce N.

A good high level overview

PA
Paul A.

great presentation

AC
Alexander C.

Great course, very useful information

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Jamey S.

Great Speaker, engaging and interesting

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William T.

A very good speaker & presentation.

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Lawrence G.

good reminders

JK
John K.

Excellent all around!

JW
Janelle W.

very helpful course and well presented

JM
Joseph M.

The presenter was clear and concise.

LR
Lawrence R.

Excellent

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Joy A.

lots of good information

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Valery M.

Great course, thanks!

GC
Gary C.

Informative and well presented.

BM
Brent M.

Thorough, articulate coverage. Excellent!

JD
Jennifer D.

This was really well-presented and informative. Presenter kept my attention and I learned a lot. Great examples and references.

LV
Laura V.

Excellent speaker

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Jin L.

The new website is so much better. Good job, lawline.

AH
Allen H.

Well organized

JM
Jeff M.

Excellent

MG
Marvin Gerald G.

One of your best speakers.

JT
Jaime Alejandro T.

Very good program, impressive learning for a one hour course.

AP
Andrew P.

Great speaker and presentation. Please ask the presenter to do additional presentations on this area of law. Thank you!

KK
Kathryn K.

Enjoyable presentation of good information.

TP
Tanja P.

Speaker was very good.

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Louis t. A.

Speaker was wonderful...full of energy and passionate about subject matter. Perhaps tried to hit on too many themes for such a short presentation.

JD
jason d.

very informative

DR
Dena R.

Knowledgeable presenter, interesting material.

BD
Brian D.

Quite good!

RM
Robert M.

Very good job explaining basics related to representing start ups and ethical responsibilities. Very informative.

KB
Kristopher B.

Excellent information, well presented.

NG
Natalie G.

The information was good learned a lot from this speaker.

MH
Mark H.

good

AR
Ann R.

very informative

SP
Shirley P.

Excellent presentation!

GG
Gerardo G.

Very informative.

LO
Luis O.

Very nice overview of issues for attorneys dealing with startups.

CB
christine b.

great speaker

PS
Peter S.

A lot provided in a short time span. I would recommend an expanded version! Nonetheless an excellent presentation.

CK
Chris K.

The speaker was very clear and effective.

BS
Benjamin S.

Good attorney. Practical and informative presentation. Have viewed other presentations in the past and he is always spot on.

NK
Nicholas K.

great speaker

KC
Kenneth C.

Excellent overall.

DG
Dennis G.

Great course for a beginner to get his or her bearings.

SE
Samantha E.

The presenter is really engaging. I've enjoyed many of his presentations.

LM
Luis M.

Great presentation all around. Entertaining presenter.

RG
Rosemary G.

Excellent presentation. All CLEs should be this good!

JG
Judy G.

Great program and speaker

DO
Daniel O.

Well presented, informative, and enjoyable course.

HF
Harold F.

Best Lawline seminar I've taken yet. Fast and very informative.

GK
Greg K.

Clearly the speaker knows this world well.

PS
Peter S.

Frankly, one of the most practical and enjoyable CLEs I have seen in a while.

DS
Dennis S.

Great Lecture.

AM
Arthur M.

Great job!

LW
Lauren W.

Very informative. Engaging speaker.

HG
Henry G.

Excellent presentation.

EM
Eugene M.

Very informative and a good presentation.

LC
Lyn C.

one of the best ethics seminars I've seen

TG
Thomas G.

great

BF
Brian F.

One of the better courses on Lawline. Todd is articulate and gets through a lot of material in an efficient manner.

JB
James B.

Excellent Presentation. Would like to take an extended version of this course- make it 2 credits.

PW
Patricia W.

Witty and kept my interest throughout the presentation

RL
Raymond L.

Excellent program

KG
kristine g.

Excellent presentation

PL
Paul L.

Speaker really made it interesting and in efficient manner.

JB
Jonathan B.

most useful "ethics" CLE in years.

DG
david g.

nice pace

CG
Charles G.

Informiative.

JM
Joann M.

Interesting and informative course. The speaker was knowledgable and enthusiastic.

RA
Robert C A.

Excellent presentation

BW
Benjamin W.

unusually good speaker, communicated well, expressed nuance about topic

PS
Philip S.

One of the best CLE courses that I have taken. If Todd has any other courses, could you please direct me to them.

JM
JIM M.

Another good speaker ... Thanks!

BS
Beth S.

The presenter is excellent - really enjoyed it

KC
Kirk C.

Nice presentation

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