How to Talk to Lawyers Presented by LexPublica (July 14, 2009)

One of the areas that startups struggle with, and that we’re asked for help with over and over again, are the basic legal documents needed to get your company going. We also get asked for recommendations for local lawyers to work with over and over again.

This is the first mini-workshop related to startup legal issues and working with lawyers. We will be hosting more events and asking for your feedback on what kind of information would be most useful to you.

Space is very limited and we’ve put this on with very short notice, so consider this a trial run.


This session will highlight key points on how to work effectively with your lawyer, in the context of a startup company, to get what you need done cost-effectively and in a timely way.

We’ll discuss the value that a lawyer can bring to your startup venture, with a focus on helping you find the right lawyer and helping you to build a strong, trusted relationship with that person. You’ll also get practical tips on how to manage instructions to your lawyer, deadlines for the legal work and legal fees.

The session will be presented by Martin Ertl and Zak Greant, co-founders of LexPublica. Martin is an entrepreneur and lawyer who has been on both sides of the lawyer-client relationship, and Zak is an open source advocate who has previously managed legal affairs for a number of organizations.


Fasken Martineau



The event will start promptly at 3pm, so please arrive shortly after 2:30pm. It will run slightly over an hour and will be a highly interactive event with lots of opportunity for Q&A. If desired, we’ll adjourn to a patio afterwards to continue the discussion.

When: Tuesday, July 14th, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Fasken Martineau offices, Suite 2900 – 550 Burrard Street

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