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An Attorney's Guide to Ethically Advising Start-Ups: 2020 Update

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Produced on March 26, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 14m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Business, Corporate, & Securities

Course Description

The world of start-up companies is still a very exciting arena in which to practice. Any of your clients could be the next Mark Zuckerberg (although they probably won’t be). In this specialized field where connections are everything, it can be difficult to discern which opportunities are ethically safe and which ones can land you in trouble.

This course, presented by Todd Kulkin, is designed to equip start-up attorneys, and those looking to enter the start-up world, with the tools needed to safely navigate the myriad of ethical quandaries inherent to this type of practice, and give your next start-up client their greatest opportunity for success.



Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the unique challenges and opportunities of a start-up practice
  2. Recognize the ethical pitfalls surrounding the hunt for capital
  3. Determine if and when it is ethical to accept equity in your client’s company
  4. Network on your client’s behalf without creating conflicts of interest
  5. Advise at start-up events without exposing yourself to liability
  6. Represent competitors without causing issues with either client
  7. Maintain confidentiality within start-up culture
  8. Navigate the ethical minefield around consulting work for your clients 



Credit Information

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Faculty

Todd Kulkin

The Warren Law Group

Todd P. Kulkin practices in the areas of corporate, securities, and not-for-profit law. He is risk management and strategy focused, having graduated with a concentration in Financial Transactions from University at Buffalo (SUNY) Law School in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Todd now serves as outsourced general counsel for start-up companies, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations in the United States and abroad.

Todd began his legal career representing and advising Fortune 500 companies at one of the largest law firms in the US. In 2012, he departed that firm to open his own practice and joined the Warren Law Group in 2020. 

He has been honored by the Reuters publication Superlawyers as a “Rising Star” in business law for the New York Metro Area from 2014-2020. Only 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40, or having been in practice less than 10 years, in the New York Metro Area are given this distinguished honor.

A consummate educator, Todd is dedicated to empowering his clients with the knowledge needed to accelerate growth and mitigate risk. He regularly teaches other attorneys about corporate, securities, and not-for-profit legal issues and is often contacted by those attorneys for advice.



Reviews

KJ
Karen J.

Loved his dry humor! Very knowledgeable!

BG
Beverly G.

Speaker was pleasantly entertaining

LS
Larry S.

Excellent presentation. Informative and enjoyable.

WP
william p.

Great!

BC
Brian C.

Well organized and presented course

WR
William R.

Easy listen, good information.

MT
Michael T.

Attorney Kulkin was thorough yet efficient in his presentation of the subject matter.

MM
Melissa M.

Very engaging, lively, and practical. I'd definitely look for this instructor in future CLEs.

EH
Emanuel H.

Interesting and informative

RB
Ricky B.

Excellent presentation. The attorney knows his stuff.

JH
Joseph H.

Good work, Todd!

JW
Jeffrey W.

Great speaker and clear knowledge of the material.

ML
Michael L.

excellent program

JN
John N.

Mr. Kulkin is fully versed in issues regarding legal advice to startups. He provides helpful information on the start-up process and innovation curve, then addresses such matters as confidentiality, conflict of interest, misconduct, solicitation, and other subjects of the disciplinary rules which hold general applicability.

KN
Karthik N.

Good Stuff!!

NM
Nick M.

Enjoyable and informative presentation by an attorney who enjoys his legal practice.

SW
Sally W.

Todd had a GREAT delivery and good humor in his presentation. This one was fun and informative. I give it two thumbs up.

KW
Kurt W.

Super helpful and engaging

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William M.

He is a very engaging speaker.

CC
Cathy C.

Nice job. Moved through a lot of information quickly and with some humor.

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Neeti S.

Appreciated the teaching style.

ED
Egbert D.

Enjoyed it.

AH
Ashley H.

The attorney was engaging and spoke in a way that made the content interesting.

WM
William M.

Todd Kulkin has a very nice affect and makes a very dry topic interesting. A very good blend of technical information with reasoned examples and scenarios. Excellent program.

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W Steve S.

Todd Kulkin engaging and knowledgeable on the subject matter.

MF
Michael F.

WELL PRESENTED

AK
Alexandria K.

Very helpful course. I represent small businesses.

DK
Daniel K.

Good lessons for anyone representing new or small businesses

RG
Rob G.

I really enjoyed Todd's practical examples of how conflicts can arise, how crypto offerings can be securities, and other real life issues that come up.

LJ
lisa j.

Fantastic and knowledgeable presenter and well-organised and interesting presentation. I plan to look for more courses with this instructor.

JK
John Kennedy K.

Very solid and substantive overview.

CJ
Christina J.

One of the best presentations I’ve seen - thank you Todd!

KW
K W.

Went looking for this speaker because he did such a good job last time I did CLE. Happy to say he remains knowledgeable and interesting. Thank you!

JH
James H.

Very good program. Excellent information

DH
Diane H.

Enjoyed Todd!

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JOHN P.

Some comments on Trade Secrets were not accurate.

EW
Elizabeth W.

Great presenter

SR
scott r.

Instructor is lively and entertaining. He will keep your interest.

RL
Rob L.

Excellent presenter

SD
Stephanie D.

've always enjoyed Todd's lectures.

JC
Jacqueline C.

Good examples and very engaging.

JH
John H.

This was interesting. He is very, very smart.

AR
Aubrey R.

Fascinating.

NK
Nicole K.

Very engaging and entertaining speaker.

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Edward G.

Pleasant and educational.

CH
Courtney A. H.

Awesome

DR
David R.

This guy was one of the best CLE teachers I’ve had.

MW
michael w.

Moves at good pace covering multiple subjects in reasonable depth..

BL
Barrett L.

"Schmuckadoo" - I'm going to use that

KT
Karen T.

Well done!

PF
Patrice F.

The presenter was extremely engaging.

LB
Louise B.

Great info for start-ups

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Alan A.R. C.

I enjoyed watching your facial expressions - you've obviously been through some stuff, which makes your presentation much more valuable than others I've seen.

HJ
Henry J.

Love the instructor's energy and style!

NA
Nathan A.

Great course!

SL
Sare L.

Great sense of humor. Good practical content.

CW
Charles W.

Very comprehensive

MB
Michael B.

Good, engaging presentation.

PC
Pamela C.

Very good. Entertaining, real-world examples.

JK
John K.

Thanks

AA
Ashley Smith A.

Great overview, particularly regarding non-legal side-businesses and understanding cryptocurrency concerns.

TK
Tyler K.

Very informative course

LM
Lawrence M.

Excellent Instructor

DH
David H.

Informative, interesting and well-presented.

GL
Gordon L.

Cool guy, loves to talk to people, and has a strong teaching instinct.

JI
Jessica I.

Very enjoyable course!

KT
Karen T.

Nice Job!

JB
Joshua B.

Pragmatic refresher on ethical issues in a business setting.

HG
Heather G.

I always appreciate case studies. I found this to be very well-done.

JA
John A.

Dealing with startups changes over time as businesses and entrepreneurs evolve. I learned a lot I needed to know, despite working with startups for more than.forty years.

LG
Laura G.

The presenter was engaging and information was informative. Would certainly recommend.

MS
Manish C. S.

good lecture.

SM
Scott M.

Great reminder in start up situations.

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susan k.

Entertaining

JL
Jennifer L.

I love Todd Kulkin's courses - I specifically search for him because he is so good at simplifying complex subjects!

JK
Jonathan K.

Funny guy. Informative course.

CK
Colin K.

Very practical and useful information.

EB
Edward M B.

Very well presented!

HG
Henry G.

Very good informative practical course.

ML
Michael L.

Very informative presentation

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