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Speaker, "Why Startups Should Consider Litigation Risk," Startup Law Series by Husch Blackwell Cortex, Venture Café St. Louis

February 4, 2021

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Husch Blackwell's Mary Kate Mullen and Theresa Mullineaux will present, "Why Startups Should Consider Litigation Risk," at the Husch Blackwell Cortex/Venture Café Startups Law Series virtual event on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Most startups initially focus on incorporation, funding, and protecting their intellectual property, which is logical and practical! While these are all important and necessary, startups should also ensure that they are protecting their new startup from legal actions such as a lawsuit — the dreaded ‘‘L’’ word. A lawsuit is the official court process in which two or more parties seek to resolve a dispute. A legal battle can be lengthy, expensive, and create bad publicity. Startups are experiencing a rise in litigation and below we will focus on three growing risks to startups and provide practical steps to prevent these types of lawsuits.

Topics include:

  • Responding to the dreaded cease-and-desist and demand letters
  • Preserving documentation with third parties to avoid liability
  • Structuring your startup formation to reduce the risk of owner liability
  • Forming agreements to reduce the risk of litigation between co-founders
  • Maintaining the appropriate employment documentation to reduce the risk of liability

After the presentation, Theresa and Mary Kate will answer questions to help you be proactive on limiting your liability and be prepared for potential litigation.

For more information about this virtual event, please visit the Venture Café St. Louis website.


Mary Kate Mullen

Senior Associate

Theresa M. Mullineaux

Senior Associate