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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 74 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

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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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.



Joshua B.

Pragmatic refresher on ethical issues in a business setting.

Heather G.

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

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.

Laura G.

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

Manish C. S.

good lecture.

Scott M.

Great reminder in start up situations.

susan k.


Jennifer L.

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

Jonathan K.

Funny guy. Informative course.

Colin K.

Very practical and useful information.

Edward M B.

Very well presented!

Henry G.

Very good informative practical course.

Michael L.

Very informative presentation

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