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Jan 21, 2010
Startup Law 101: When does a startup need to call a lawyer?
PIE: Portland Incubator Experiment

Sledgehammer: When does a startup need to call a lawyer?

And when can a startup get by without one? The members of PIE invite you to join them for a great session on understanding better when and when you don't need a lawyer.

We have invited one of the tech startup industry's best law firms to come and talk to the entreprenuers in Portland's startup scene. Neil Nathanson from the Portland office of the leading startup law firm Perkins Coie, will talk about the critical points in a startup's lifecycle where having your own legal sledgehammer is essential. Also joining him will be Jeff Bock, addressing licensing and intellectual property issues and Neil addressing corporate and finance issues. He will also cover what sort of services and counsel you can expect from a law firm and then be open for a Q&A session.

The event will start at 6pm, but the doors will open around 5:30 with pizza available.

There is no fee to attend - but please only register if you intend to come so we can have enough food.


Sep 23, 2010
TechAmerica Webinar - Legal Holds: What You Don’t Know Could Cost You

Do you know what makes an effective legal hold? Do you even know what a legal hold is? Attend this webinar by leading national expert Brad Harris to learn what your company needs to do now to be ready for its next legal hold.

When the possibility of litigation or regulatory investigation arises, a legal hold is the first step a company must take as part of a duty to preserve potentially-relevant data. A legal hold is a notification directing employees to save pertinent information and data. Do it right and it’s a smooth process with little impact on your business. Do it wrong and it can severely compromise your case. No matter the size of your company, legal holds are a necessary reality.

2010 has been a watershed year for cases involving legal holds with the Courts have been issuing monetary sanctions and declarations of “gross negligence” in numerous cases. This webcast will review recent legal hold cases starting with January’s Pension Committee v. Banc of America Securities, Rimkus v. Cammarata, Crown Castle v. Nudd Corp., Jones v. Bremen HS and other recent cases that are driving the need for making legal holds a priority in any litigation.

This timely program will address:

  • Recent directions and trends in case law
  • Why legal holds are so important
  • Best practices for recognizing and responding to a duty to preserve

Who Should Attend? This webinar will have be important for the following: C-level executives, general counsels and in-house legal staffs, law firms, compliance executives and managers, regulatory executives and managers, and IT executives and managers.

Presented by: - Elleanor Chin, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Elleanor Chin has extensive experience counseling clients on e-discovery and managing electronic discovery in complex litigation, including antitrust matters and class actions (more).

  • Erica Couch, Senior Paralegal, Microsoft Corp. The primary focus of her work is managing discovery in civil litigation matters, including drafting and implementing document retention notices, as well as overseeing governmental inquiries to Microsoft Corporation (more).

  • Brad Harris, Vice President of Legal Products, Zapproved, Inc., has more than 25 years of experience in the high technology and enterprise software sectors, including assisting Fortune 1000 companies enhance their e-discovery preparedness (more).

Event Details: When: Thursday, September 23, 2010 Where: Webinar Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT Cost: Free for TechAmerica Members, $35 Nonmembers

Register: (503) 624-5715 or at

May 8, 2017
Legal Innovation & Technology Meetup with International #NewLaw Leaders Cat Moon, Jeena Cho, & Alix Devendra
Back Pedal Brewing

I'm very excited to announce an impromptu May 8 Meetup with three internationally recognized leaders in the NewLaw and LegalTech movements: Cat Moon, Jeena Cho, and Portland's own Alexandra Devendra! 

These forward-looking lawyers will lead a panel discussion ranging from hot topics like the blockchain and AI in legal, to less buzzworthy (but perhaps more important) concepts like what legal teams can learn from the ResponsiveOrg and Holocracy movements, why a meditation practice can help you deliver better client value (and how to start one), how to innovate using the tools of design professionals, and why diversity is the key to achieving better outcomes.

Cat Moon (@inspiredcat) teaches legal design thinking and agile project management at Vanderbilt Law School, her alma mater. She is a contributor to the ABA’s Legal Technology Today blog and writes there and elsewhere about legal technology, blockchain, kanban and agile project management, design thinking, diversity/inclusion in the law, and work/life alignment. Cat also is co-founder, COO and CDO of Legal Alignment, a legal tech startup developing an AI-powered, interoperable platform for legal workflow and project management. She just wrapped up an international conference on Blockchain in the Law and the first Music City Legal Hackathon

Jeena Cho (@jeena_cho) is the co-author of The Anxious Lawyer, An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation (ABA). She is a regular contributor to Forbes, Bloomberg and Above the Law where she covers resilience, work/life integration, and wellness in the workplace. She regularly speaks on women's issues, diversity, wellness, productivity, mindfulness and meditation. She also co-founded Shape The Law, an unconference for lawyers, with Alix Devendra and Mary Redzic.

Alix Devendra (@alixdevendra) is an attorney and legal design consultant based here in Portland. She helps lawyers make their work product more effective using typography and other principles of visual communication design. She is the co-author (with Cat Moon) of the forthcoming Designing Your Practice: A Design Thinking Approach to Legal Services. Alix also consults for legal-tech startups, who value her experience in both law practice and design thinking. She travels internationally to speak and facilitate workshops on legal design.

We'll be at a new location this time, BackPedal Brewing at NW 15th and Flanders. They are opening especially for us and their (excellent) beer will be on tap--please plan to support them!

Finally, we're looking to grow this group. Please forward this invitation to anyone you think would be interested in these topics, including listservs or other groups you're a part of.

Let us know if you have any questions; we hope to see you on Monday May 8!

--John & Zac

Jun 20, 2017
LIT-Lab PDX (Legal Innovation & Technology) - The Ethics of Legal Innovation
Jaguar Land Rover Incubator

Hello LIT-Lab PDX!

We're on track for our next Meetup on Tuesday June 20, when we'll be returning to the Jaguar Land Rover incubator for a very special presentation from Amber Hollister, General Counsel of the Oregon State Bar. 

Among other things, Amber provides ethics assistance to Oregon lawyers and others servicing the legal needs of Oregonians. More recently, she has spent the past several months as the Bar's primary contact to the Regulatory Committee of the Futures Task Force of the Bar (the sister committee to the Innovation Task Force that we kicked off here at LIT-Lab back in the fall). 

Both committees of the Futures Task Force are in the process of finalizing their findings and recommendations to present to the Bar's Board of Governors later this month, and Amber and I will both give you all a preview of those recommendations. (Teaser: if adopted, the recommendations should put Oregon at the national forefront of innovative approaches to Access to Justice issues).

Then, Amber will spend a little time talking about the ethics of legal innovation more generally, including plenty of time to answer your questions.

NW Corporate Law is generously providing pizza again this time. Hope you can make it!

Feb 8, 2018
LIT-Lab PDX (Legal Innovation & Technology) - Legal Innovation & Technology - First Meetup of 2018
Jaguar Land Rover Incubator

Happy New Year Legal Innovators!

We're looking to kick off 2018 with a Feb 8 meetup featuring local legal technology product Tali, a voice-assistant-based time tracking tool for lawyers and other professionals. We'll hear from Matt Volm, one of Tali's creators, to talk about Tali's startup journey so far, what he's learned about working with lawyers, and what advice he has for lawyers and other technologists looking to build legal tech products.

Tali currently works with Amazon Alexa and will be expanding to Microsoft Cortana and Google Assistant later this year. See for more.

We're also hoping to spend some time with Andrew Schpak, current president of the Multnomah Bar Association, to talk about a possible Legal-themed Hackathon that the MBA is mulling.

Oh, and there will be Pizza courtesy of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe!

Hope you can make it!


P.S. We're looking for folks to help organize more Legal Innovation Meetups in 2018. If you have an idea for a topic, a speaker, or would be able to help organize a specific session, please let me know!

Dec 18, 2018
LIT-Lab PDX (Legal Innovation & Technology) - Consumer Legal Marketplaces: LIT-Lab /December Meetup
Collective Agency Downtown Board Room (12th Floor)

Hey Legal Innovators:

Join us for our final Meetup of 2018, where we'll feature two Portland-area companies who are using technology and business model innovation to better connect legal consumers with lawyers. We'll be hosted by Text-a-Lawyer and Collective Agency, and our presenters will include Kevin Gillespie of Text-a-Lawyer and Eli Marchbanks of Basic Counsel. Both companies are working to better connect lawyers and clients using a convenient tech-enabled marketplace.

Kevin and Eli will showcase their products and answer questions about their process for building them--should be an interesting and informative evening. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP early.

Hope you can join us!

--John & Zac