Top Legal Issues Affecting Entertainers and Athletes

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From choosing the right business structure and filing for intellectual property protection to handling contract issues and resolving disputes, the legal issues affecting entertainers and athletes can be similar to those of any new or growing company. However, there are also some legal concerns that are specific and custom to sports and entertainment law. Below are some key issues that … Read More

Illinois Recreational Marijuana Legislation and its Impact on Local Government

Eydie VanderboschOperations, Startup Tips & Resources


Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker signed into law recreational marijuana legislation this Tuesday, after the Illinois legislature voted by large margin to approve the landmark 700-page Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (“the Act”).  A copy of the bill voted upon is located here but the Act has yet to be fully published online. The new law is expected to go … Read More

Two Things that Stand out About Illinois’ Landmark New Legislation Legalizing Cannabis

Jesse HudsonOperations, Startup Tips & Resources


On Friday, May 31st the Illinois House approved a law legalizing recreational cannabis, or marijuana, in the state, making Illinois the 11th of the United States to do so. The law, referred to as the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (“CRTA” or the “Illinois law”) is on the desk of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who has championed legalization, to sign … Read More

SCOTUS Decides Significant Copyright Cases, but Our Advice Remains the Same: Register Your Copyrights As Soon As Possible

Chelsea EllisStartup Tips & Resources


On March 4, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States decided two cases that will impact the ability to practically enforce copyrights. In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v., LLC, SCOTUS held that under section 411(a) of the Copyright Act, a party can sue for copyright infringement only after official registration with the Copyright Office. This means that … Read More

Why, When, and Where to Get Legal Advice for Startups

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Early-stage startup founders and entrepreneurs often find themselves in a ‘chicken-or-egg’ type of scenario in reference to seeking legal advice. There may be pressure to hold off on legal advice for startups until some money has been made, but that revenue-positive point may come well after any number of legal issues arise. So, for entrepreneurs, startups, and new and growing … Read More

Patent Protection Attorneys for Startups on Entrepreneur Day 2017

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Entrepreneurs are responsible for many of the wonderful inventions powering society today. The world needs the entrepreneurial spirit, and it’s worth commemorating! Today, on National Entrepreneurs’ Day (Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017), we’re examining the importance of protecting the inventions and intellectual property of entrepreneurs and the benefits of hiring patent protection attorneys for startups.

Top 5 Reasons to Seek Legal Advice When Growing Your Business

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Throughout the many ups and downs of starting and growing a business, a knowledgeable attorney can be one of your best resources. Legal knowledge and competence can help your company through the seed, startup, establishment, expansion, and maturity stages. Though every business and situation is unique, most often, the sooner you employ the help of an attorney, the better. Navigating … Read More

Fundraising While Female: Crowdfunding Campaigns vs. Seeking Venture Capital

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When growing and fundraising for a business, there are many boundaries to overcome for both men and women. However, recent studies show that women specifically face more difficulties raising money through traditional fundraising channels, and the gender gap in venture capital funding is getting worse. Stories of sexual harassment and discrimination towards female founders from venture capitalists (VC’s) also abound … Read More