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Monthly Meeting: Entrepreneurial Law – Practical Legal Counsel in the Start-Up Economy

Total Credits: .5

Business Law |  Civil Law |  Law Practice Management
Julene A Franki, JD |  Shari Wynne Ressler |  Brian A Hall, JD
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Introduction from the Board and Executive Director


.5-hour CLE: Entrepreneurial Law - Practical Legal Counsel in the Start-up Economy

Shari Wynne Ressler, EBA Founding Board Member, RWR Legal

Brian Hall, Traverse legal d/b/a Hall Law

Matt McDonnell, Notley Ventures

State Activity Number

TX: 928002269



Julene A Franki, JD's Profile

Julene A Franki, JD Related seminars and products: 1

Director and Founder of EBA Global

EBA Global

Julene Franki currently serves as the executive director of the Entrepreneurial Law Bar Association. She resides in both San Antonio and Austin, Texas.  Julene is a sixth generation Texan and was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and grew up in Alice, Texas. She is a graduate of St. Elizabeth's Catholic School, Alice High School, and The University of Texas, BA, JD.  She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation, the American Bar Association, the American Bar Foundation, the American Law Institute, and the Association of Continuing Legal Education.

Shari Wynne Ressler's Profile

Shari Wynne Ressler Related seminars and products: 4

Founder EBA Global

EBA Global

Shari Wynne Ressler is the Founder of EBA Global and the Managing Partner of RWR Legal. Shari’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to helping people achieve success drives the firm’s purpose, vision and mission.  She leads the strategic planning for the firm and manages the execution of the firm, with a focus on client service, marketing and development.

Shari Wynne Ressler is a self-made, serial entrepreneur, starting her first business at the age of 16.  She co-founded RWR Legal in 1996, with the goal of serving all clients with the same skill, vigor and intelligence that benefits the largest companies in the world.  In 2006, she created 6Degrees Connect, a personalized referral match company founded to connect the firm’s small business clients with proven, vetted service providers.  In October of 2011, RWR Legal launched Incubation Station, now SKU, Shari’s brainchild for the first and leading consumer products accelerator that connects stellar, market-validated companies with the industry resources and mentorship needed to succeed.  In 2015, at Austin’s SXSW, RWR Legal launched the Entrepreneurial Law Bar Association (EBA) bringing together business counsel worldwide to establish best practices for Startup/Entrepreneurial Law, designed to help innovators achieve success and grow businesses in the new economy.

Shari is currently active in the Central Texas Angel Network, the Advisory Committee of the Food Lab, at the University of Texas, Austin, the Innovation Committee for the Austin Development Zone and an active speaker on entrepreneurial and investing issues. She is President of SKU. She is a Past President and Membership Chair of the Austin Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a global association of business owners; past co-Chair of the Austin Business Journal’s Fast-Fifty Executive Advisory Board and Past President and Co-President for RISE: Women, dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs.  Shari has been honored on multiple occasions for her service to the Austin Entrepreneurial Community.

Shari Wynne Ressler, along with Richard Ressler, the firm’s Managing General Counsel, provides legal and strategic counsel to the firm’s clients not only analyzing legal issues but guiding critical business decisions. She mentors and connects RWR Legal clients with expertise and resources.

Shari Wynne Ressler started her legal career as an attorney for the Plan Benefits Security Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, where she litigated on behalf of the Secretary of Labor, breach of Title I of ERISA, fiduciary duty matters in connection with the investment and/or administration of pension plan assets. Thereafter, she was associated with the national law firms of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson, as well as McDermott, Will & Emery. She practiced employee benefits law with a focus on fiduciary issues, and other Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issues such as funding, diversification, compliance, tax qualification and plan termination in connection with corporate/real estate transactions.

She was honored with the Labor Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Award as the co-counsel in one of the leading cases in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals with respect to the fiduciary status and obligations of plan fiduciaries; see, Reich v. Lancaster, 843 F. Supp. 194 (N.D. Tex. 1993), aff’d, 55 F.3d 1034 (5th Cir. 1995).

Brian A Hall, JD's Profile

Brian A Hall, JD Related seminars and products: 2

Partner Attorney

Traverse Legal, PLC d/b/a Hall Law in the Program

Brian A. Hall is a member of Traverse Legal, PLC and the managing partner of its Austin, Texas office, doing business as Hall Law.  He has represented enterprise Internet and technology companies, tech startups and brand owners throughout the world with their Intellectual Property and Internet Law issues, including such areas as digital and social media, advertising and promotions, privacy and data matters.  Brian regularly advises clients on the acquisition of, enforcement of, licensing and monetization of intellectual property, and he has extensive experience with countless corporate transactions involving an entity's business-critical IP.  


Brian has served as outside general counsel, including in-house in a secondment role, for Austin, Texas based WPEngine, Inc. from 2014-2015 as well as Notley Ventures from 2015-present.


Brian has also litigated cases across the United States involving trademark, domain name, copyright, software trade secret, online defamation and privacy/personal rights issues.  He is a regular author and speaker on legal topics of particular interest to technology companies given his background as an IT Consultant with the global IT firm Accenture.  Brian has been chosen by his peers as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property, as rated by SuperLawyers, for the years 2010-2017.


Brian is also a limited partner in StartupRunner, a seed stage venture capital fund and is an active angel investor with the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN).  He regularly mentors and advises entities at all stages of the startup ecosystem.     

MCLE Information


This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of  .5-credit hours, of which 0 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit. 


New York:
The courses you take with EBA, upon approval by the State Bar of Texas MCLE, will count toward your New York CLE requirement under New York's Approved Jurisdiction policy. To read the policy in full, please see the New York CLE Board website.


California and Illinois:
The EBA plans to submit an application for each activity  for credit to California and Illinois accrediting authorities. According to those jurisdictions rules, we must wait to submit for completed written materials. Check back with this page for updates on pending submissions.


Many other states will allow attorneys to receive CLE credit by listening to courses approved in these states. Please speak with your state's board of CLE to ensure that they will accept credit from an out of state provider in one of these states.

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