Eight Forrest Firm Attorneys Join Flywheel Course on Protecting Startups

Davidson’s Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Eight Forrest Firm attorneys have joined forces with Flywheel Coworking, Wake Forest University School of Law, and Davidson’s Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to educate entrepreneurs on legal considerations for startups.

Flywheel Coworking, a longtime partner of the Forrest Firm, plays a critical role in the Triad and Charlotte-area startup communities by providing coworking and meeting space, educational opportunities, and networking events.  The organization’s “How to Protect a Startup” course offers a deep dive into legal, accounting, regulatory and risk management topics that are critical to startup success. One course is already running in Winston-Salem at Flywheel’s Center for Design Innovation. Attorneys from several firms, including the Forrest Firm’s Jeff Wolfe, are serving on a panel of experts for the course in six weekly evening sessions running on Wednesday nights from March 27-May 1.

Lyle Gravatt and Adam Wanee of the Forrest Firm have organized a second course, running on Monday nights from April 22-June 3 at 6-8 pm, and hosted by the Hurt Hub. Davidson and Charlotte-area entrepreneurs and small businesses can sign up here for the “How to Protect a Startup” course. Costs are $150 for the general public, $75 for Flywheel members, and $35 for students.

Forrest Firm attorneys will exclusively lead the course in Davidson. They will bring a diversity of practice area focus and experience and will speak to legal topics affecting startups, such as entity formation, venture financings, governance, employment law, dispute resolution, intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions. Joining Gravatt and Wanee in Davidson will be Stephanie Fields, June Allison, Leslie Lasher, David Morris, and Monica Webb-Shackleford.

Stephanie Fields advises entrepreneurs and executives in a wide range of legal matters pertinent to every stage of the business life cycle, with particular emphasis on the needs of early-stage companies, including entity formation, venture financings, and governance.

June Allison advises and represents businesses in a wide range of commercial matters, with emphasis on contract drafting, shareholder disputes, succession planning, and litigation. She helps business clients develop strong practices to avoid litigation, and also represents them in conflict resolutions and controversies.

Lyle Gravatt focuses his practice on patents, trademarks, and intellectual property licensing and agreements. His strategic perspectives and experience in a wide range of technologies allow clients to protect and monetize their intellectual property assets in coordination with their business’s goals.

Leslie Lasher represents public and private employers and executives, advising them on issues related to compliance with state and federal employment laws, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, and NC REDA, and regularly drafts and negotiates employment contracts. She works with employers to create and implement employment handbooks and policies to ensure efficiency and to develop resilient employment strategies.

David Morris, managing attorney for the firm’s Durham office, draws from a deep well of experience as an attorney, M&A strategic advisor, commercial banker, educator, entrepreneur/founder, and investor. He focuses on commercial transactions/banking work, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.

Adam Wanee counsels executives and entrepreneurs through entity formation and corporate governance, contract matters, angel and venture capital fundraising, debt financings, and strategic transactions. He focuses his work in general corporate representation, angel and venture capital financing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Monica Webb-Shackleford serves clients in the areas of employment law, business litigation, and appellate matters. She works with employers as administrative and litigation counsel with the primary goal of minimizing the impact on everyday operations.

Jeff Wolfe, managing attorney of the firm’s Winston-Salem office, practices business law. His practice areas cover the entire lifecycle of for profit and non-profit entities, including formation, financing, day-to-day contracts, and exits.

For more information on the “How to Protect a Startup” course, visit www.flywheel.courses/how-to-protect-startup-course-description.