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Start-up Launchpad Included in Forbes list of Legal Resources for Startups - June 15, 2017

Forbes recently developed a list of 21 legal resources for startups across the U.S.: "21 Useful Legal Resources for Startups." The Davis Brown Start-up Launchpad platform is included on the list as a valuable resource for entrepreneurs. Read More »


Allison Kerndt and Allison Wallace mentor at Startup Weekend Ames 2015 - December 8, 2015

On Saturday, November 21, Allison Kerndt, Special Counsel in the Intellectual Property department, and Allison Wallace, Special Counsel in the Business Division, served as mentors in the Startup Weekend Ames 2015 event at the Iowa State University Gerdin Business Building. Read More »


Start-Up Luanchpad Office Hours - November 21, 10 a.m.-noon - November 17, 2014

Davis Brown attorneys Matthew Coryell, Matthew Warner-Blankenship, Jason Stone and Margaret Wade Sayre will host Start-Up Launchpad Office Hours at the Davis Brown Law Firm. Read More »


Startup Weekend Des Moines Scheduled for Nov. 15-17 - October 29, 2013

Startup Weekend Des Moines, a 54-hour event that teaches attendees exactly what it takes to be an entrepreneur, will be held Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 17 at Startup City, 317 6th Ave., 5th floor, in downtown Des Moines. Read More »


New I/OWA Conference Brings Entreprenuers and Innovators Together - September 27, 2013

The Start-up Launchpad is proud to be a sponsor of the new I/OWA Conference. The first annual I/OWA Conference will replace the now defunct Thinc Iowa and Big Des Moines. Read More »


TAI Announces Pitch and Grow Innovation Expo - September 19, 2013

Entrepreneurs at all stages are encouraged to participate in the Technology Association of Iowa's Pitch & Grow XV at the annual Innovation Expo, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Coralville Marriott in Coralville, IA. Read More »


Securities Act Rule 506(C) - A Few Things to Think About if You Decide to Engage in General Solicitation - July 26, 2013

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May Startup Drinks sponsored by Davis Brown - May 15, 2013

On Tuesday, May 28, Des Moines Startup Drinks will be held at the Mars Cafe, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Des Moines Startup Drinks began in 2010 and is an informal monthly gathering of people interested in the Des Moines startup community. Learn more. Read More »


Start-Up Launchpad sponsors TAI Pitch and Grow XIII - May 14, 2013

On Thursday, May 23, Technology Association of Iowa will host Pitch and Grow XIII Eastern Iowa at the BioVentures Center in Coralville. Read More »


Start-Up Launchpad Office Hours - May 15, 9-11 a.m. - May 3, 2013

On Wednesday, May 15, from 9 - 11 a.m., Davis Brown attorneys Emily Harris and Jason Stone will host Start-Up Launchpad Office Hours at the Davis Brown Law Firm, 215 10th St., Ste. 1300 in Des Moines. Read More »


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Who Reads the Instructions Anyway? The Role of Job Descriptions in Limiting Liability - June 21, 2017

How many times have you heard employment counsel say, "update your job descriptions?" Enough that you dream of updates? Enough that one of my clients commented, "I feel like that's tattooed on my brain." Enough that you have actually done it? No? I thought so. Read More »


Until You're the Unicorn, Protect Yourself: Tips on Personal Guarantees - May 16, 2017

One of the first steps in any business venture is for the founder to form a business entity separating their personal assets and liabilities from the business assets and liabilities of the new company. Without this separation, all of a founder's personal assets would be at risk to creditors of the business, but with the separation and absent other factors, creditors of the business can only look to a business's assets to satisfy its debts. Read More »


Don't be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish - Advice for New Employers Regarding Employee Classifications - May 8, 2017

Entrepreneurs wear many hats, from providing a quality product or service to managing employees. New employers frequently expose themselves to liability when they think that ignorance is a defense that they can use if an employee files a lawsuit or makes a claim. While the law penalizes knowing and willful violations, it does not provide a defense for mere ignorance. As a result, employers must understand their obligations under the law. Read More »


The Importance of Consistency between Master Services Agreements and Statements of Work - April 26, 2017

All types of business from startups to multinational conglomerates regularly enter into service agreements for the procurement and delivery of products or services. Minimize the likelihood of significant, long-term liability by carefully negotiating new Statements of Work within the broader context of the scope and effect of existing Master Services Agreements. Read More »


Issues in Interviewing: The Right Way to the "One" - April 18, 2017

As an employer, you will interview a whole host of applicants to find the "one"-the perfect individual to fill a job opening. Just as in the world of dating where one bad question or one inappropriate comment can ruin a date, the world of interviewing is just as sensitive. Read More »


Going For the Gold: How To Legally Recruit The Best Candidates - March 24, 2017

When the world's greatest athletes compete in the Olympics, these athletes must follow a strict set of rules to prevent deductions and disqualifications. When employers compete for the best candidates in the marketplace, they too must follow a strict set of rules to avoid being "dinged" by a lawsuit. Read More »


How a Comma Could Cost You - March 23, 2017

Few people actually remember all those pesky grammar rules we learned in school. But you can bet that a company in Maine will not be forgetting its comma rules anytime soon. Read More »


An HR Checklist for New Employers: You have Your Ship, and Now You Need Your Crew, How to get Your 'Ship' Together - March 7, 2017

Starting a business is not always simple. Being an employer carries with it a number of obligations and it is important to know the ropes prior to even hiring your first employee. Read More »


Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: What Does It Mean for Employers? - July 18, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, creating a federal claim for misappropriation of trade secrets. Read More »


Startup Companies Beware: A Shareholder's Right to Obtain Sensitive Company Information - May 30, 2016

Issuing new shares can help a startup bring in new investors who infuse the company with much needed capital or attract skilled employees who provide the necessary skills, expertise and leadership to help grow the company. However, issuing new shares means that the founding owners will give up some of their potential economic gains and control. Read More »


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