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Tuesday, October 10 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Controlling Your Legal Expenses: Smart and Efficient Use of Legal Counsel for Start-Ups | 10:00 - 11:30 AM

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Janik Vinnakota LLP and a panel of their startup and legal guests will present on various tips to control startup legal expenses. 

Startups face countless challenges as they attempt to grow. Hiring and working with lawyers can seem like the most mundane of all these challenges. Several questions startups always ask are:

  • “How and when should I retain good legal counsel?”
  • “Do my investors really care if I have lawyers?”
  • “How do I manage legal costs without breaking the bank?”


These questions are fairly abstract for any startup and our panel hopes to provide guidance and best practices on how to control legal expenses without sacrificing the necessary legal protection all startups need.  

Some of the areas that the panel will discuss include:

  • The pitfalls of using a search engine for legal help and do-it-yourself legal services
  • What to do when your investors bring their own lawyers
  • Ideal solutions for a legal budget for corporate formation, investment, and intellectual property protection
  • Forming a lasting relationship with your legal counsel
  • Using a “virtual” law firm to minimize legal expenses on one-off specialized legal projects 


“Trusting” a lawyer is not a joke. Our takeaway is helping you to actually build trust with your lawyer. 

Join us for a great panel discussion.

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Mary Fletcher

Chief Operating Officer, Impresario
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Sean Hsu

Partner, Janik Vinnakota LLP
Sean Hsu is a licensed patent attorney whose practice focuses on intellectual property licensing, enforcement, and commercial disputes. Sean is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has represented clients in Inter Partes Reviews before... Read More →
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Glenn Janik

Partner, Janik Vinnakota LLP
After a decade of being in the courtroom--trying intellectual property and commercial litigation cases--I had finally had enough. Too often, my clients were facing litigation because of mistakes made when they set-up their company, entered into a key contract, or filed their first... Read More →
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Luis Rincon

Co-Founder, College Consortium
Co-founder @ CollegeConsortium EIR @ Socratic Ventures
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Craige Thompson

Patent Attorney, Thompson Patent Law
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Rajkumar Vinnakota

Partner, Janik Vinnakota LLP
I have a specialized legal practice focusing on complex commercial law, intellectual property, business start-up, and litigation. I help start-up and tech companies by developing, managing, licensing, and enforcing their intellectual property portfolios. My practice also focuses on... Read More →

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Tuesday October 10, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am CDT
Capital Factory 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
  Founders  Fundraising
  • Room 16th Floor Main Space