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About Business Law & Order

The Business Law & Order series is going back to the basics with a lineup of topics every entrepreneur should think about. No matter what stage of the entrepreneurial cycle you are in, we will help you keep current on the topics that affect entrepreneurs.

We are also pleased to be able to offer legal office hours for the first 30 minutes of each program. Don’t know where to start with your startup legal issues? Bring your questions to our esteemed panel of attorneys to help you develop a game plan on any topic.

Don’t wait to get legal advice until you get in over your head. Come learn the ins and outs of startup business law.

Event Schedule

January 20 - Tax Planning

March 17 - Corporate Formation*

April 21 - Contracts 101*

May 19 - Intellectual Property 101*

July 21 - Guest Speaker on Healthcare Reform Followed by Networking and Social Hour

September 15 - HR basics for a Startup*

October 20 - Financing a Startup* 

November 17 - Corporate Governance*

*At these events, there will be open office hours for the first 30 minutes of the program provided by the attorneys that sit on the Business Law & Order planning committee and their corresponding practices. Each meeting will be 10 minutes long and are available on a first come first served basis. Please register for the event and we will contact you to set up a time for you to meet with one of our attorneys. 

There will be no Business Law & Order programs in February, June, August, or December.

Committee Members

Jeremy Bisdorf, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss
Russell D. Brown, R.D. Brown, PLC
Alissa Carpenter, Ann Arbor SPARK
Carrie Leahy, Bodman,PLC
Bill Mayer, Ann Arbor SPARK
Mark Malven, Dykema Gossett PLLC
Steve Rich, Photonic Legal PLLC

2014 Committee Champion
Joseph R. Morrison, Jr., Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP


The presentations, whether in the main group or the break-out sessions if any, are informational only and were prepared to summarize a particular legal topic. The presentations do not constitute legal or professional advice and are not meant to address any individuals particular legal circumstances.  You are encouraged to consult with any of the attorneys presenting if you have specific questions relating to any of the topics covered in their presentation.

Program Format
A prominent member of one of the region’s leading legal firms will lead each program. Following the office hours sessions, there will be a brief, high-level, overview presentation on the topic at hand to give entrepreneurs enough background on the topic to move forward with any issues they foresee arising.

Ann Arbor SPARK Live-Streaming
Business Law & Order is live-streamed each month on our website during the time of the event. Archived videos of the events can also be viewed 48 hours after the event here.

Also check out Ann Arbor SPARK's Slide Share account for Presentations from the Business Law & Order panels. 

Meeting Place
Programs are held at SPARK Central, 330 East Liberty, Lower Level, in downtown Ann Arbor.