10th Annual Entrepreneurship Law Center Conference

Saturday, March 7, 2015


From the initial idea to launching a new venture, an entrepreneur encounters legal questions every step of the way.

Northwestern University School of Law's Tenth Annual Entrepreneurship Law Conference is designed as a forum to explore various legal issues that entrepreneurs face when considering new ventures. Panel discussions include such topics as entity selection, founder agreements, venture and angel financing, intellectual property, and employment issues. The focus of each of these discussions is to provide practical, relevant information on these and other legal issues.

Thomas Morsch, Professor of Law Emeritus at Northwestern University and Emeritus Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Center will be this year's keynote speaker.

The Conference is being hosted by Northwestern University School of Law's Entrepreneurship Law Center and the ELC student group. 


Space is limited. Based on past experience as well as the exciting roster of panelists and participants, we expect the conference will be fully subscribed. Attendees come from various backgrounds, including start-up executives, aspiring entrepreneurs, financiers, service providers, thought leaders, and students from law, business and engineering schools as well as high school students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes. Due to this overwhelming interest, please register early to reserve your spot.


Panel Discussions

Financing the New Venture. At the early stages of an idea, financing could be the difference between success and failure. Our panelists will include prominent investors to give insight into what they look for in the companies they choose to fund, entrepreneurs who have gone through the funding process, and attorneys who have negotiated the terms of the deals.

Legal Tips for Starting a Business. You have an idea for an exciting new product or service, you’re ready to get started - - now what? This panel will offer practical legal advice for entrepreneurs in the beginning stages of business. What is the best structure for you? What do you need to know now to set yourself up for success? With a variety of leading attorneys and entrepreneurs who have been through this process, this panel will be full of practical information for anyone in the process of launching a new business.

IP Issues & Brand Protection. Often times the intellectual property of a new company is its most valuable asset. However, many entrepreneurs don't know the legal steps which need to be taken in order to proect the IP. This panel will have leading IP attorneys and entrepreneurs who have navigated IP issues to help you make good decisions.


This conference is made possible through the generosity of:

  • Goldberg Kohn Ltd
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Schiff Hardin LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP

Parking Information

The nearest paid parking structure is located at 222 E. Huron (C-Lot, Huron-St. Clair Self Park), but there is also street parking. You must enter the main law school entrance at 375 E. Chicago Ave., between Levy Mayer Hall and the Rubloff Building. Other doors may be locked.
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Past ELC Conferences

Past Conference Guest Speakers have included:

  • Joe Dwyer, venture capitalist, technologist, and serial entrepreneur
  • J. B. Pritzker, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist
  • Tom Churchwell, Midwest Venture Partners
  • Sean Harper, FeeFighters - instantly compare credit card processors
  • Stuart Frankel, Former President of Double Click Performics and current entrepreneur
  • Scott Mandell, CEO, Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC
  • Barry Moltz, Entrepreneur and Author
  • Michael Soenen, Former CEO of FTD Global and current entrepreneur
  • Paul Schaafsma, Patent Attorney
  • Chuck Templeton, Founder
  • Frank Petito, President Orbitz for Business
  • Alice Green, In-house counsel for Orbitz
  • Michael Alter, President, SurePayroll, Inc.
  • Brian Taylor, Founder, Kernel Seasons
  • Richard Stokes, CEO, Founder, AdGooroo, LLC
  • Thomas L. Churchwell, Managing Partner, Midwest Venture Partners
  • Chris Krause, CEO, National Collegiate Scouting Association
  • Gregg Kaplan, CEO, CoinStar