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Husch Blackwell helps entrepreneurs direct their passion and vision into viable business models. We offer the voice of experience and a guiding hand to young companies as they develop their products and services and successfully move them to market.

The attorneys on our Startups team are subject matter authorities in dynamic industries such as technology, life sciences and agribusiness. We offer the support necessary to launch and grow startup companies, protect their ideas and realize their business objectives.

Our guidance to emerging growth companies includes:

  • Business formation and structure
  • Financing, including identifying investors
  • Intellectual property - patents, trademarks and copyrights
  • Labor and employment issues
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Tax and estate planning
  • Litigation
  • Mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions
Client Success
Startups Client Spotlight: Provider Pool

Provider Pool is an online labor marketplace created for the healthcare industry. This shift fulfillment platform connects hospitals with available healthcare professionals for on-demand staffing needs.

Client Success
Startups Client Spotlight: Keystone Bio

Keystone Bio was formed by three founders, all leaders in their respective areas, to target the world's most deadly diseases.

Client Success
Startups Client Spotlight: Roo

The idea for Roo sparked when one of the founders, Eric Laurent, struggled to find somewhere to store his apartment belongings during a two-week gap in his lease.

Articles | October 2019
Trademark Considerations for Startups
Articles | September 27, 2019
EQ: Why Startups Should Consider Litigation Risk
Articles | September 2019
Exit Strategies for Startups
Blog | September 11, 2019
Watch Out for the FTC with your #SponCon
Blog | April 09, 2019
Protecting Your Startup's Brand
Articles | February-March 2019
Protecting Your Brand: Trademark Considerations for Startups

Husch Blackwell associate Myers Dill outlines key points about trademarks that startups should consider.

Blog | March 14, 2019
Startups Drive Firm Innovation
Articles | April 04, 2018
Kansas City Business Journal: Restricted stock a solid option for start-ups to attract top talent

Startups that are long on ideas and short on cash have to be creative in their approaches to compensation, and a common solution is restricted stock.

Blog | March 01, 2018
M&A: Strategic vs. Financial Buyers
Blog | November 07, 2017
Milwaukee Start Up Week 2017
Podcast | November 05, 2017
[Podcast] TechWisconsin with Mindi Giftos
Blog | October 25, 2017
Exit Strategies for Startups
Seminars | October 10, 2019
Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Venture Café Thursday Gathering

Seminars | June 4, 2019
Opportunity Zones Discussion
Seminars | March 22, 2018
Forming a 501(c)(3) Exempt Organization
Seminars | December 14, 2017
BioBreak on the Plaza
Seminars | November 9, 2017
Startup Milwaukee Launch Conference 2017
Seminars | November 7, 2017
Startup Milwaukee Showcase
News Releases | March 31, 2020
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Chooses Two Husch Blackwell Litigators for 2020 Women's Justice Awards

Jones and Robinson are members of the firm’s Real Estate, Development & Construction industry group and Construction Litigation practice team.

News Releases | March 05, 2020
Husch Blackwell Encourages Startups to Apply for Get Started Omaha Pitch Competition

GSO-eligible startups are those that have raised less than $200,000 in funding and generated less than $200,000 in revenue. The application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020.

News Releases | September 30, 2019
Husch Blackwell to Co-Sponsor Kansas City FUND Conference

Husch Blackwell Partner Edward Wilson will present “An Entrepreneur’s Checklist to a Successful Cap Raise” from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 9. The presentation will cover areas of focus for startups looking to set up a successful capital raise.

News Releases | September 16, 2019
Husch Blackwell to Co-Sponsor MultiPass Startup Program

The training will cover best practices for starting a business, finding financing sources for startups, protecting intellectual property and identifying potential legal issues as businesses grow.

News Releases | September 10, 2019
Husch Blackwell's Scott and Eckelkamp Named 2019 Up & Coming Lawyers

The annual Up & Coming awards “celebrate outstanding legal professionals who are 40 or younger or who are within their first 10 years of practice.

News Releases | July 05, 2019
Husch Blackwell's Ault and Mullineaux Receive 2019 Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Awards

The Missouri Bar presents its Pro Bono Publico Awards annually to attorneys who have rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low-income persons in need of legal assistance.

Media Mentions | May 26, 2019
KETV-TV: The Spirit of Entrepreneurship (VIDEO)
News Releases | May 21, 2019
Brent Meyer Named to Fellowship in Construction Lawyers Society of America

Meyer joins three other Husch Blackwell attorneys as CLSA Fellows.

News Releases | May 07, 2018
Husch Blackwell Sponsors Startup Milwaukee's TANGIBLE Program Series

The new quarterly program series will focus on consumer product startup companies in southeastern Wisconsin, and each installment will feature pitches from startups.

Media Mentions | March 08, 2018
Foodable Network: Former Snyder's CEO Leads New Milwaukee Private Equity Firm

Three Milwaukee executives, including Husch Blackwell's Eric Lenzen, have joined with a seasoned food industry leader to form a new private equity firm dedicated to investing in food startups.

Media Mentions | March 02, 2018
BizTimes Milwaukee: Milwaukee execs form startup investment firm

Three Milwaukee executives, including Husch Blackwell's Eric Lenzen, have joined with a seasoned food industry leader to form a new private equity firm dedicated to investing in food startups.

Media Mentions | February 21, 2018
BizTimes Milwaukee: Startup Milwaukee Emerge (slideshow)

Husch Blackwell attorneys participate in the February startup event in Milwaukee focusing on Blockchain technology.

Testimonials Chris Cheatham, Co-Founder/CEO, RiskGenius

“One of the things I really appreciate about Husch Blackwell is it’s not just straight legal advice. You can give letter-of-the-law advice all day, but they understand that there are business issues that have to be solved as well.”

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Testimonials Eric Laurent, Executive Director, Roo

"We chose Husch Blackwell for its willingness to navigate the waters of the sharing economy as well as its friendliness and support for entrepreneurship. Husch’s size provides us with a large variety of services that caters to the needs of our company across the board. We have access to excellent law advice in many different areas that we know we need both now and in the future. Finally, Husch's reputation speaks for itself and grants us access to a network of highly experienced and helpful individuals in St. Louis."

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Testimonials Dr. Daniel Sindelar, CEO, Keystone Bio

"Husch Blackwell (HB) comes with a great reputation, but most importantly Myers Dill was willing to discuss OUR needs. Myers promised me HB would be available for Keystone Bio as we needed and when we needed. That was extremely important for us. One of the biggest roadblocks to a startup of any kind is the need for exceptional legal structure, while at the same time not becoming cash-poor in the pursuit. Myers and HB were great to work with as Keystone Bio worked through that phase."

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Testimonials Jonaie Johnson, Founder & CEO, Interplay

"I am truly grateful! Husch Blackwell's pro bono legal services and knowledge of startups have helped me to have continued success with my new company, Interplay."

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