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.
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
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.
I can honestly say this was the single most effective ethics CLE I have ever taken, the information and context were perfect and thought provoking. I wish all ethics CLEs would follow a similar model, we do not all have mental health and substance abuse issues. -Ian
very interesting I learnt a lot
Good program, and the instructor really kept things moving.
Outstanding and passionate speaker. Very interesting from beginning to end.
This is a very good program. I was informed and motivated.
Wonderful Presenter -- fantastic delivery
good practical course
Todd's course was straight forward and very helpful.
well done ...much content for 1 hour
interesting and informative
Very good scope of issues
vey well done. articulate, practical and covered a lot of relevant ground
I actually thought this was one of the more interesting CLEs, particularly for ethics credit!
Clear, succinct and engaging. Excellent presentation!
Mr. Kulkin's witty comments and practical approach made this an interesting and valuable course.
Very knowledgeable and engaging speaker.
I thought this was very good.
Excellent course and instructor
Very informative and enjoyable.
very relevant information
My first on line course and was very pleasantly surprised and pleased.
Great practical information.
Informative especially about ny ethics nuances
Excellent presentation. Great advice.
The presenter was excellent.
Great program, great presenter!
great advise for anyone working with start-ups. I will watch this one twice.
Very thorough. Dealt both with model rules and NY rules where many just give NY information.
Very concise and stuck to the topic, well-presented.
Very good course. Highly recommended.
Very informative. Thanks!
Best presenter I have seen on LawLIne.
Excellent presentation. Todd was succinct and provided useful information. I hope to work with him one day!
Excellent presentation on an interesting and current topic
Very useful followup.
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.
engaging speaker, fast, practical
Without a doubt, your best presenter.
Excellent, informative presentation
very well presented
It is my opinion that the speaker of this course was well-organized in the presentation of the subject matter. Thank you.
different from my practice but very interesting and helpful on conflicts and ethics
speaker was good
I really enjoyed the enthusiasm this presenter has for his area of expertise.
Great presentation and engaging speaker. Well organized.
Great presentation. Very engaging speaker who concisely presented the material.
Well done. Informative. Thank you.
I liked the instructor's practical real life approach.
Enjoyed the presentation.
Informative, engaging and useful. The perfect CLE!
Best ethics course I have taken
The presenter was very good.
good presenter :)
Great presentation. Very practical and actionable advice.
This speaker seemed very knowledgeable and well spoken!
great focus on startups situations
Excellent presenter - engaging and knowledgeable.
Mr. Culkin is one of your best presenters. He was so smart and easy to understand. Really a great course!
Great presentation. Very informative.
This presenter was top notch
Representing a startup means you must take various precautions. This video spelled them out. Thanks, Lawline.
Todd was the best presenter so far. Very engaging and his explanations were excellent.
Great presentation by Todd. Helpful and concise information.
speaker was clear and knowlegeable
good interesting speaker
Narrow. Area of the law with great significance
Knowledgable & engaging
Top notch and, for me, especially timely.
Practical information succinctly delivered. Useful program.
Excellent speaker. Very passionate about his subject matter.
Excellent presentation. Very informative.
Very pleasant and informative teacher.
Very good presentation
very interesting subject
need more like this
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.
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.
Good instructive program.
Excellent content review
This was an incredible presentation. Extremely informative!
great course, informative, real life examples. A must see.
A good introductory overview, and well-presented by a talented speaker. NY-centric, but still valuable for practitioners outside NY.
I enjoyed the positive, enthusiastic presentation by Mr. Kulkin.
I love startups and this class was just what i needed to know in a very fluid area that isn't always clearcut.
Great speaker! Very engaging.
Nice summary of issues
Nice guy, nice job.
Strong presenter and laid out a complex area of law nicely. A very realistic approach to representing/participating in new company ideas. Great lecture
Very good speaker, and very interesting topic.
Again. Todd is great.
This was an AWESOME lecture.
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.
he is good
This course made ethics interesting yet down to earth, excellent presentation.
really like this speaker and content. one of th best yet.
Great course, really well presented.
it would be so great if every presenter had this much enthusiasm!
Very good speaker.
Strong showing, thank you.
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
This was interesting and informative.
Instructor was very effective and seemed to be more entehusiasteic than some of the others.
very good presentation even for the seasoned attorney
Amazing and comprehensive intro to start ups!
Todd was fantastic!!
Thank you for this superb program -- clear, well-organized, and thorough.
Very relatable speaker and easy to understand.
Practical, straight forward
This was a great intro to an area that has incredible opportunities but gets little attention.
Interesting combo of ethics and how to do business.
Great program and very informative. Thank you.
GREAT AND INFORMATIONAL.
Very knowledgeable instructor. Like him.
Excellent! Great information!
The illustration concerning taking equity in exchange for legal services was helpful.
Strong presentation - will informed speaker.
Great content value and clear presentation. Great CLE.
Very informative lecture.
Lecturer kept my interest and was obviously passionate about his subject.
Todd is a very good presenter or explained the concepts well.
This speaker was enthusiastic and interesting; very informative CLE.
Direct, relevant, on-point. Good pace of instruction with material.
This refreshed a lot of information and was a great presentation.
Great Lecturer and topic!
That was excellent.
good course by a business start-up lawyer
Great presentation and very informative!
very informative and useful presentation
This presenter had a big personality and was enthusiastic and articulate enough to make the presentation an easy and enjoyable listen.
The instructor was not only knowledgeable but also engaging and entertaining. Excellent presentation skills.
Really enjoyed this presentation.
informative and well presented
Good one. Straightforward
Very concise and informative!
Very good course.
Excellent! Very practical and interesting
Good practical examples
This class was very informative
Very interesting and informative presentation
Good, practical information.
Good lecturer - well prepared; great speaker. Life is good SAK
Some things I hadn't thought about.
This was a very worthwhile program.
Very good presentation!
simple-direct-competent-cogent--one of your best
An excellent presentation by Mr. Kulkin.
This guy is great!!!
Todd is exceptionally dynamic. I would love to see him in future seminars!
great topic and great speaker
Fun and informative course.
Very helpful. I do a lost of startup work in Virginia and it is good to know where the hard lines are.
Very well done and very substantive, particularly for small firm attorneys.
excellent presentation...easy to listen to and highly recommend...great content
Relevant, interesting and well-paced.
Very ebullient, knowledgeable speaker.
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.
Excellent presentation and speaker on an area that's often boring. Thank you!!
He was a very good speaker
Thought the presenter was fantastic. Great information - well presented.
Great, succinct presentation
well done and informative
This was quite a bit more interesting than the standard ethics cle.
Very well done!
Very well done. Clearly knew the material and delivered it extremely well. I am impressed
The instructor was very knowledgeable - I learned a great deal about this subject.
Excellent lecture with helpful examples.
Great presentation. The presenter was interesting and succinct.
Mr. Kulkin is always a good presenter.
very confident and informative speaker
Good job. He hit on a lot of issues I'm faced within in a similar small practice for start-ups.
Concise, on-point, and well presented.
Engaging speaker with great content
Fabulous! Really enjoyed presentation.
Excellent program. One of the best yet On Lawline.
The instructor was fantastic. Really engaging - an enjoyable presentation.
very good course, very interesting presentation
Very well done. Well-organized, with good introduction of topics and outline structure. Thank you for your preparation.
Todd was a great speaker.
Good speaker. Kept it interesting.
One of the best ethics CLE's I've seen. The presenter was engaging with real examples.
Mr. Kulkin is an excellent presenter. I really enjoyed his style.
Well organized; moved quickly through much material.
This program was very useful and full of practical knowledge.
Fantastic instructor. I'd refer my friends in New York to him.
Excellent overview and great advice
Excellent presentation. The speaker obviously knows his materials.
Very informative and well delivered.
todd is a very good speaker and has a lot of practical advice
Informative, well paced. Very erudite instructor. Thanks, lawline.
Very good presentation.
todd is great
Excellent program - critical information, well presented.
Nice to have an ethics class with specific focus toward certain clients.
As a veteran transactional attorney, let me say that Todd Kulkin is spot-on with his practical advice.
Speaker was very good.
Todd Kulkin is always such a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker.
A very practical course.
Excellent! Both in style and substance. Highly recommended!
i liked this CLE. Speaker was engaging.
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.
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!).
Love the presenter!!! I want to watch all his CLE!
Very affable and understandable. Good speaker
This is a superb presentation..
Excellent presentation. Good substantive information and excellent delivery.
The best presentation I have watched so far.
very thorough and organized
great course... instructor held my attention
The presentation was helpful in identifying the ethical issues and other issues that I run into when representing a start-up.
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!!!
Good speaker. Good presentation.
He was very knowledgeable and informed! Highly recommend all attorneys take this course.
A good high level overview
Great course, very useful information
Great Speaker, engaging and interesting
A very good speaker & presentation.
Excellent all around!
very helpful course and well presented
The presenter was clear and concise.
lots of good information
Great course, thanks!
Informative and well presented.
Thorough, articulate coverage. Excellent!
This was really well-presented and informative. Presenter kept my attention and I learned a lot. Great examples and references.
The new website is so much better. Good job, lawline.
One of your best speakers.
Very good program, impressive learning for a one hour course.
Great speaker and presentation. Please ask the presenter to do additional presentations on this area of law. Thank you!
Enjoyable presentation of good information.
Speaker was very good.
Speaker was wonderful...full of energy and passionate about subject matter. Perhaps tried to hit on too many themes for such a short presentation.
Knowledgeable presenter, interesting material.
Very good job explaining basics related to representing start ups and ethical responsibilities. Very informative.
Excellent information, well presented.
The information was good learned a lot from this speaker.
Very nice overview of issues for attorneys dealing with startups.
A lot provided in a short time span. I would recommend an expanded version! Nonetheless an excellent presentation.
The speaker was very clear and effective.
Good attorney. Practical and informative presentation. Have viewed other presentations in the past and he is always spot on.
Great course for a beginner to get his or her bearings.
The presenter is really engaging. I've enjoyed many of his presentations.
Great presentation all around. Entertaining presenter.
Excellent presentation. All CLEs should be this good!
Great program and speaker
Well presented, informative, and enjoyable course.
Best Lawline seminar I've taken yet. Fast and very informative.
Clearly the speaker knows this world well.
Frankly, one of the most practical and enjoyable CLEs I have seen in a while.
Very informative. Engaging speaker.
Very informative and a good presentation.
one of the best ethics seminars I've seen
One of the better courses on Lawline. Todd is articulate and gets through a lot of material in an efficient manner.
Excellent Presentation. Would like to take an extended version of this course- make it 2 credits.
Witty and kept my interest throughout the presentation
Speaker really made it interesting and in efficient manner.
most useful "ethics" CLE in years.
Interesting and informative course. The speaker was knowledgable and enthusiastic.
unusually good speaker, communicated well, expressed nuance about topic
One of the best CLE courses that I have taken. If Todd has any other courses, could you please direct me to them.
Another good speaker ... Thanks!
The presenter is excellent - really enjoyed it
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