Fundamentals of Startup Law

Presenters: Justyn Kasierski and Dan O’Korn
Hutchison PLLC

Sponsored by Duke Engineering Entrepreneurial Ventures, Duke MEDx, and Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Saturday January 27, 2017

11am – 3pm (lunch provided)

Schiciano Auditorium, Fitzpatrick Building, Duke University

Registration is required:

Attendance is limited to 50.

If after registering you find that you will be unable to attend, please contact Donna Crenshaw at

Step through the legal matters founders face when starting a company. Entrepreneurs can save themselves headaches down the road if they focus on company formation issues and protecting intellectual property in the early stages of the game. In addition to different types of agreements, contracts, founders and equity holders, we’ll touch upon kinds of investment, talking to investors, and having a board of directors.

This event is a workshop and will require significant engagement from attendees. Participants will receive a copy of Hutchison’s Founder’s Handbook.

Justyn KasierskiJustyn Kasierski is a managing partner and advises technology and emerging growth companies at all stages of development on complex corporate transactions, including venture capital and private equity financings and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents angel and venture capital funds in their fundraising and investment activities.



Dan O'KornDan O’Korn is also a managing partner and his practice focuses on the business transactions important to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, including licensing and commercial transactions, FDA-related regulatory matters, asset acquisitions and divestitures, supply agreements, product development agreements and strategic alliances. Dan previously served as outside counsel to life sciences companies and in in-house counsel roles for Eli Lilly and Company, AAIPharma, Inc., Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Xcellerex, Inc.

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