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Legal Challenges for Startups

  • 04 Jan 2011
  • 7:00 PM - 9:59 PM
  • Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag, 1000 Winter St. Suite 4000, Waltham, MA.


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Meeting Presentations:

Vijay Chaddah
Gesmer Updegrove LLP, Presentation

Mark Haddad 

Partner, Foley Hoag LLP, Presentation

Edmund J. Walsh
Shareholder, Presentation

“Legal Challenges for Startups”, the first meeting of 2011 for the Boston Entrepreneurs' Network (E-NET), features a panel of attorneys with extensive experience in the legal and business issues faced by high technology companies and their founders. The panel has provided counsel for the wide variety of practical situations which all entrepreneurs face. Whether it involves incorporation and choice of entity decisions, employment matters, promises of equity participation in the early stages, protection and licensing of intellectual property or day-to-day issues like sales and collection matters, these panelists will share the benefits of their experience while providing insight into how to work with a business attorney in a productive and cost effective manner.


The objective of this meeting is to provide a forum for discussion of the critical legal issues facing the founders, investors, and managers of technology companies. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer (Q&A) session moderated by J. Scott Southworth, where you will be invited to present your own legal questions and seek guidance from the panel. While not intended as a substitute for securing your own legal counsel, previous attendees have found this to be a particularly valuable forum for seeking initial understanding of the issues that confront startup companies.

A distinguished panel of legal experts including:

  • Mark Haddad of Foley Hoag;
  • Vijay Chaddah of Gesmer Updegrove;
  • Ed Walsh of Wolf Greenfield

Moderator: - J. Scott Southworth – Patent and IP Attorney


Mark Haddad 
Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

Mark Haddad is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP. At Foley Hoag's Emerging Enterprise Center, Mark represents a broad range of startup and early stage companies, primarily in the high tech, software, clean tech and life science industries. Mark advises clients on a wide variety of legal issues, including corporate formation, founder arrangements, seed, angel and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic transactions, as well as general corporate matters. He also represents venture capital and angel investors in portfolio investments with start-up and other companies. Mark is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has been listed in Boston Magazine as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for each of the last five years.

Vijay Chaddah
Gesmer Updegrove LLP (www.gesmer.com )

Mr. Chaddah assists clients to develop a working perspective on legal issues that they confront in both the ordinary and extraordinary course of conducting their business. Although Vijay has represented numerous early and established technology companies, as well as large institutions, in identifying and resolving complex problems and legal issues, Vijay focuses on the particular make-up of a client’s business with a view to delivering effective, tailored solutions for its needs. As day-to-day counsel to his clients, Vijay advises clients in connection with technology licensing matters, including inbound and outbound licenses, as well as technology development and distribution agreements. He also assists clients with general corporate matters, including corporate maintenance, management of employment relationships and capitalization matters. As transactional counsel to his clients, Vijay has represented numerous businesses as theyseek to raise money through venture or debt financings, or exit through mergers or acquisitions. Mr. Chaddah has a J.D. from the University of Minnesota and both a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from Kenyon College and the University of Illinois, respectively. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Edmund J. Walsh

direct dial 617.646.8212

Education B.S., Electrical Engineering, Boston University M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University J.D., Suffolk University Law School

Ed Walsh works with electrical and computer-related clients in IP strategy development and execution, including patent prosecution, clearances and counseling, IP portfolio management, litigation, licensing, consulting agreements, and joint development agreements. His areas of technical expertise include semiconductor processing and high-speed circuit design, wireless communication and signal processing, software, networks and network management, connectors and interconnection technology, and many types of test equipment.
Before starting at Wolf Greenfield, Ed served over 14 years as in-house counsel for technology companies, including Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Teradyne, a position he held for 10 years. Before working for Teradyne, Ed served as Division IP Counsel for Textron Specialty Materials and as a patent attorney for Raytheon.
Prior to entering law school, Ed worked as an electrical engineer, developing operating system software and analyzing communications systems.

Ed was an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in electrical engineering at Boston University.