Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST
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SCORE Portland 
100 Middle Street
East Tower, 2nd Fl.
Portland, ME 04101  

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Sponsored by


Kelsey Munksgaard
SCORE Portland 

Legal Triage for Early Stage Startups 

This is a no cost workshop sponsored by Perkins Thompson, P.A. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

This workshop surveys the most important legal issues that startups should address in their critical early stages when legal budgets are small but decisions can have important future effects on the company. We’ll separate the truly important legal issues from the ones startups can postpone until their budget grows. Attendees will leave with checklists and reference materials to keep for future reference.

The presentation will be interactive, with plenty of Q&A time. We’ll cover:

  • Intellectual property issues: How do you sell or license I.P. to your customers and users?
  • What types of legal documents should your founders, employees and contractors sign?
  • What will make investors happy to fund your company… and what will scare them off?
  • What legal mistakes do startups make most often, and how can they be avoided?

Your Presenter

Adam Nyhan, Esq.

Adam is an attorney at Perkins Thompson, P.A. He represents established software companies and startups in the United States, Europe, India and other countries. His tech clients include SaaS providers, custom software developers, website developers, DevOps firms, mobile app developers, video game developers and managed I.T. services firms. Adam writes customer-facing agreements (Terms of Use, API agreements and license agreements), negotiates with customers, counsels on privacy/data protection compliance, helps companies employees and freelancers, and guides them through debt and equity financing deals.

He has represented DirecTV, Discover Financial Services, banks, marketing agencies, media companies and other creative professionals. In addition to his transactional work, he has years of experience in commercial litigation, antitrust counseling and white collar defense, in industries ranging from defense contracting to insurance to electronic payments.

Separate from his legal work, Adam co-founded a Los Angeles software startup, was a Product Manager and General Counsel for a New York City software company, and has founded two other businesses. He has worn nearly every hat inside a tech startup, from enterprise sales to pitching investors, from UX design to managing engineers. He’s been there in the trenches with his clients and he loves it. Adam is licensed to practice law in New York and Maine.