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Daniele Ouellette Levy to Hold Office Hours at Techsandbox 04/08/2014

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Corporate Attorney Daniele Ouellette LevyOn Monday, May 19th MBBP Attorney Daniele Ouellette Levy will be holding office hours at MBBP client TechSandBox, an innovation center and accelerator. The event will be offered probono for TechSandBox members and to non-members as space allows. Daniele will help registrants understand the various options when incorporating LLC, C, S and stock options/ownership set up. 

Visit TechSandBox to sign up!

iZotope Named One of SBANE’s 2014 New England Innovation Award Finalists 04/03/2014

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iZotope, Inc.The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) recently announced the finalists of its 2014 New England Innovation Awards, an annual award program that recognizes those companies that are potential game changers in their specific markets. Among the finalists is MBBP client iZotope, Inc., an audio technology company developing professional audio software for audio recording, mixing, broadcast, sound design, and mastering. On April 10th at the Henderson House in Weston, the finalists will have one last chance to present to the judging team before the winner(s) are announced at the 2014 New England Innovation Awards Gala Presentation and Dinner on May 7th.

Congratulations iZotope!

To learn more about the New England Innovation Awards, please visit SBANE.

MBBP to Sponsor Exit Planning Exchange Summit 2014 04/02/2014

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Exit Planning Exchange 2014 SummitOn Friday, May 2 MBBP will sponsor the Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) 2014 Summit held in The Conference Center at Bentley University. The summit will focus on the topic “Growth: The Best Road to Value and Liquidity” and provide opportunities for attendees to learn from many subject matter experts on growth opportunities, building value and using innovation, delve into a business case study with their peers, and connect with old and new colleagues.

To learn more or to register for this event, please visit XPX.

MBBP Attorneys to Present at swissnex Boston Seminar 03/20/2014

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swissnex BostonOn Wednesday, March 19th MBBP Attorneys Scott Bleier, Stan Chalvire, Grant Godfrey, Maura Malone and Sheri Mason were invited to speak to Executive MBA students from Bern, Switzerland at swissnex Boston, the consulate of Switzerland. The presentation covered the legal perspectives on starting a business in the U.S., including the areas of corporate, trademark, patent, employment and immigration law.

For more information, please visit swissnex Boston.

MBBP to Host WBA’s Business of Law 03/14/2014

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Women's Bar AssociationOn Wednesday, March 19 the Women’s Bar Association’s Middlesex County Committee is presenting an event titled “The Business of Law” at MBBP’s office in Waltham. The event will provide attendees with the nuts & bolts and best practices of law firm management for the solo or small firm. An expert panel will cover a range of topics including:

  • General law firm management tips and best practices
  • Marketing strategies, options, and business generation tips for a range of practice areas
  • Billing, bookkeeping, & other practice management technology options
  • Time management tips
  • Client funds (IOLTA) management requirements
  • Staffing and temporary/contract arrangements

The event will run from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a light dinner served.

To learn more or to find out how you can register, please visit the WBA.

Diana Española to Speak at Leadership and Management Seminar 03/13/2014

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Tax and Business Attorney Diana EspañolaOn March 22, MBBP Tax Attorney Diana Española will be speaking at a Leadership and Management Seminar presented by the Consulate General of the Philippines for the Heads of Filipino-American Community Associations. The event is taking place at the Harvard Student Organization Center at Hilles in Cambridge, MA and is aimed at providing the heads of community organizations with fresh perspectives on leading and managing an organization, and engaging the emerging generation of Filipino-Americans.  Diana will be speaking on managing legal matters in organizations.

Please feel free to contact Diana with any questions.

Howard Zaharoff Judges BU’s 2014 New Venture Competition Semi-Finals 03/06/2014

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IP and Technology Licensing Attorney Howard ZaharoffOn February 28 MBBP IP and Licensing Attorney Howard Zaharoff helped judge the semi-finals of BU’s 2014 New Venture Competition. The contest is sponsored by Boston University’s Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC) and is open to current and past BU students, both graduates and undergrads. Interested students and alumni participated in a fall or spring “Pitch and Pizza Competition.” The winning Pitchers went on to the second round, February’s semi-finals, which named six finalists.

These finalists will pitch their business to a panel of experts, including angel investors, and will be eligible for awards that include MBBP’s People’s Choice Award. The finals will be held on Tuesday, April 15th.

To learn more about the New Venture Competition, please visit BU’s Entrepreneurship Programs.

Joe Martinez to Speak At Equity Crowdfunding Symposium 02/24/2014

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Corporate Attorney Joseph MartinezOn Thursday, April 24, MBBP Corporate Attorney Joseph Martinez will sit as a panelist for Quincy College Symposium on Equity Crowdfunding. With the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012, the world of Equity Crowdfunding promises to stir the pot for investors and entrepreneurs alike. Joe will help lead a discussion that focuses on new and traditional sources of business capital including equity crowdfunding, bank loans, government loans, vendors and more.

For more details or to register visit the event page.

Please feel free to contact Joe with any questions on raising capital.

Bob Shea to Moderate SBANE Panel Discussion on Non-Competes 02/07/2014

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Employment Attorney Bob SheaOn March 6th the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) is presenting a program titled Should Employee Non-Competes Be Banned? Business Forum on Proposed Limits to Non-Competes in Massachusetts. Many businesses require employees to sign non-compete agreements as a condition of employment. Some critics, however, believe the use of non-competes has been abused and should be regulated by statute. MBBP Employment Attorney and SBANE Chair, Bob Shea, will moderate a panel discussion that will include a leading sponsor of proposed non-compete legislation, a Patrick administration point person on the non-compete issues, and business executives. The program will give attendees an opportunity to express views and concerns of businesses regarding the proposed limits and to participate in a serious discussion over how the Commonwealth should proceed on this hotly debated issue.

To learn more or to register for this event, please visit SBANE.

If you have questions on non-competes, please feel free to contact Bob directly or visit our Employment Resources page.

MBBP Attorneys Dissect Fundamentals of Business Tax Law — Upcoming MCLE Program 01/31/2014

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Tax and Business Attorney Robert FinkelMBBP Tax Attorneys Robert M. Finkel and Diana C. Española are among the faculty presenting at MCLE New England‘s in-person program “Fundamentals of Business Tax Law Dissected” on Thursday, February 13th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

This program is intended to provide non-tax lawyers with an overview of the most common taxes businesses can expect to face, and the background necessary to help spot troublesome tax issuesTax and Business Attorney Diana Española that can derail a transaction and pose problems to businesses down the road.

To learn more or to register for this event, please visit MCLE.

For more information on tax law, please contact Robert Finkel or Diana Española .

MBBP Attorneys to Panel Upcoming MCLE Program – Building Business Organizations: LLCs, LLPs, Limited Partnerships & Corporations 01/30/2014

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Corporate and Tax Attorney Charles Wry, Jr. MBBP Attorneys Charles A. Wry, Jr. and Scott R. Bleier are among the faculty presenting at MCLE New England’s in-person program “Building Business Organizations: LLCs, LLPs, Limited Partnerships & Corporations” on Thursday, February 6 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

The program focuses on new business organizations that are typically formed as limited liability companies (“LLCs”),Corporate Attorney Scott Bleier corporations, or, less frequently, limited partnerships or limited liability partnerships (“LLPs”). The faculty will discuss how to choose a form of entity based on a number of tax and non-tax considerations and then, if the entity chosen is a corporation or LLC, whether to use Massachusetts or Delaware law. Attendees will learn how to form a corporation or LLC in Massachusetts or Delaware, including how to prepare the various organizational documents. 

To learn more or to register for this event, please visit MCLE.

For more information on building business organizations, please contact Chip Wry or Scott Bleier.

Joe Martinez to Speak at BBA Seminar on Crowdfunding 12/04/2013

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Corporate Attorney Joseph MartinezOn December 10 MBBP Corporate Attorney Joseph Martinez will be speaking at a Boston Bar Association seminar titled SEC’s Proposed Rules for Crowdfunding. In October the SEC proposed rules to implement Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act which introduced a new “crowdfunding” exemption from registration of securities. The rules, if finalized, would make it possible for most privately-held companies to raise capital by selling securities to the public without registering with the SEC. In this program, Joe will review some of the key provisions in the proposed rules and discuss the challenges they pose for crowdfunding.

For more information or to register, please visit the event page.

MBBP Attorneys Paneling NECCA Discussion 10/29/2013

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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaOn November 6 MBBP Attorneys Michael Cavaretta and Shannon Zollo are presenting at the New England Corporate Counsel Association‘s (NECCA) November panel titled In-House Counsel: Establishing Yourself as a Key Strategic Advisor to Your Business Team. Mike will be moderating while Shannon sits as a panelist discussing the changing role of in-house counsel from purely legal specialists to complementing other senior officers.

Corporate Attorney Shannon Zollo

The event will take place from 8:00 to 10:15 at the Westin Waltham. For more information or to register for the event, please visit NECCA’s event page.

Carl Barnes Guest Lectures at Bentley University 10/11/2013

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Corporate Attorney Carl BarnesOn October 7, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton partner Carl Barnes was a guest lecturer in Professor Alain Hanover’s senior-level Venture Capital Finance class at Bentley University. Focusing on the model Series A Preferred Stock term sheet published by the National Venture Capital Association, Carl spoke on the key economic and control terms founders of technology companies need to understand when negotiating angel and institutional venture capital investments.

For a copy of the PowerPoint presentation used in the class, please feel free to contact Carl.

MBBP Immigration Event: I am a Foreign National in the U.S. and I Want to Start a Company 09/12/2013

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On Thursday, October 24th MBBP is hosting a brown bag lunch event titled “I am a Foreign National in the U.S. and I Want to Start a Company” at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Cambridge, MA. Foreign Nationals who are already in the U.S. and want to start a company have special considerations relating to their U.S. visa status. This brown-bag event will discuss the considerations foreign entrepreneurs should take into account if they don’t yet want to (or cannot yet) be sponsored for employment with the new company, and what they should consider if they do. We will review some of the current nonimmigrant and immigrant visa options available to foreign entrepreneurs who are already in the United States, and will provide critical information for foreign students in F-1 status. The discussion will be interactive with time for questions and answers.

This event is complimentary, but space is limited. Register today!

Please visit our event page for more details and to register.

HACKFit Featured in BBJ Startups Article 08/27/2013

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HACKFitOn August 19th the Boston Business Journal published an article on MBBP client HACKFit, a new startup competition that fuses entrepreneurship, technology, fitness and healthy food. HACKFit will run 48-hour competitions that will assemble teams to pitch ideas, refine business plans, construct prototypes and demonstrate final concepts to investors, executives and media with the goal to develop fitness-oriented websites, devices or apps. HACKFit founder Justin Mendelson discussed his inspiration for starting HACKfit:

I founded HACKFit because I’m a nerd and an athlete. HACKFit is about living an active lifestyle, and building technologies which contribute to a more active world. Traditional startup competitions I’ve competed in glorify extremely unhealthy behaviors, and this just isn’t sustainable. The best teammates I’ve connected with were often ones that I could go running with. Therefore I set out to create an active, healthy startup event and methodology since none currently exist.

Visit the Boston Business Journal for the full article.

Scott Bleier to Present at TechSandBox Workshop 08/07/2013

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Corporate Attorney Scott BleierOn August 20th MBBP Corporate Attorney Scott Bleier will co-present at a TechSandBox Pail and Shovel Workshop, What’s It Worth; Valuations, Term Sheets and Partnerships. This two-hour workshop is for Founders and Business Owners who are preparing for outside funding or acquisition.

Please visit TechSandBox to register for this event.

MBBP Celebrates 20th Anniversary 06/14/2013

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Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, P.C. City Point BuildingIn June of 1993, two experienced and entrepreneurial lawyers, Richard S. “Chip” Morse and Peter N. Barnes-Brown, opened the doors of their new corporate law firm, gambling as they did so that their innovative approach to the practice of law would provide the foundation for a successful and long-lived venture.  Joined by Lea B. Pendleton in January of 1994, and soon after by Jeffrey P. Somers and Charles A. “Chip” Wry, the Firm of Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC (MBBP) quickly began to generate real “buzz” in the legal community. This was a Firm doing things a different way; there were no secretaries, the lawyers created their own work product, entered their own time, and relied on the latest technology to streamline their processes and make their efforts more efficient – a radical approach at the time.

From its outset, MBBP has been committed to its clients, addressing each client’s specific challenges and delivering effective results tailored to each client’s needs. Its veteran partners, all of whom previously practiced at major Boston firms, are recognized experts, many of whom write, teach and lecture in their areas of practice. While sustaining a natural growth over its twenty-year history, MBBP continues to concentrate exclusively on the core legal services businesses need to succeed. The Firm’s experience and expertise earned a coveted invitation to Law Exchange International, a membership which enhances the capacity to serve its clients in the global arena.

MBBP has also always been committed to its employees, ever-striving to engender a sense of teamwork and encouraging all who work there to feel invested in the Firm.  MBBP remains one of the very few businesses to provide 100% coverage of employee health plans, which it has done since the beginning. Perhaps most tellingly, in the worst days of the Great Recession, when the tower firms were laying off hundreds of staff and young associates in order to preserve partner profits, at Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton the partners took a pay cut, and placed everyone else on wage freeze, putting themselves and their profits on the line to take care of their people, and did not let a single employee go.

This June, we proudly salute the Firm’s 20th anniversary. We share this time of celebration with our clients, friends and employees, all so necessary to our past achievements and to all our future endeavors.

Distributing & Licensing Software & Other Technologies — Howard Zaharoff Chairs MCLE Program 04/15/2013

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IP and Technology Licensing Attorney Howard ZaharoffOn Wednesday, May 29 MBBP IP and Licensing Attorney Howard Zaharoff will chair the MCLE seminar “Distributing & Licensing Software & Other Technologies“. The program provides both licensing specialists and business lawyers involved in technology procurement and distribution with critical information, forms, and dos and don’ts in the following areas:

  • Open Source Licensing
  • Cloud Computing
  • Confidentiality Provisions
  • Drafting Clauses

To learn more or to register for the event, please visit MCLE.

Andrew Bunin to Panel BPLA Event 04/05/2013

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Patent Attorney Andrew BuninOn Wednesday, April 17th MBBP Attorney Andrew Bunin, a former patent examiner, is sitting as a panelist for a Boston Patent Law Association event titled “Communicating with the USPTO - How to (hopefully) obtain favorable results when interacting with examiners and the USPTO“. The event is meant to provide some insight into how the Patent Office operates on a day-to-day basis. Andrew, along with three other panelists, will discuss how changes to laws and the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) affect the patent examiners, office actions, and interviews as well as how this insight can be used to obtain more favorable results when dealing with examiners and the USPTO.

To learn more about this event or to register, please visit the BPLA.

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