RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- Collaborative business attorney Henry Kopf III has successfully led the second round of the informative five-week Start Up and Early Stage Legal Series hosted by NC COIN (North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology), Shanahan Law Group, and the NC Biotechnology Center. Running from June through the end of July, the Start Up and Early Stage Legal Series consisted of informative, hands-on sessions designed for professionals involved in startups as well as established businesses and nonprofit organizations. Topics included Pre-Formation and Formation Issues, Hiring and Doing Business, Protecting Intellectual Property, Fundraising and Exits, and International Business Transactions.

“The fact that my background includes experience as an entrepreneur, and all the hits and misses that come with it, in addition to my law degree has helped me navigate clients through the treacherous waters of starting and building businesses the right way to avoid problems later on,” Kopf explained.

For example, he pointed to the simple yet often overlooked task of ensuring contracts and agreements are drawn-up correctly in order to avoid litigation down the line and minimize business disruptions when disputes due occur.

In addition to gaining insights from Kopf -- the holder of four U.S. patents who concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, business advisement, constitutional takings, administrative law, and technology law -- attendees learned from guest speakers such as David Swintosky of Dunning Capital, an investment banking and financial consulting services group; John Hollenbach, Managing Partner of Blue Diamond Capital and former CEO & President of Doe & Ingalls Management; John Branch and Judge William Webb of Shanahan Law Group; and General David L. Grange, a 30-year U.S. Army veteran, former CEO of PPD, and current president of Osprey Global Solutions.

This is the second time Kopf has led the Start Up and Early Stage Legal Series to provide attendees with a solid baseline of knowledge to enhance and improve their business ventures. Attendees were presented with the tools needed to build a proper foundation for their business to prevent future business problems and minimize damage and distractions such problems can cause in addition to learning how to better prepare to discuss issues with their legal team when required.