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Right-sized Legal: Understanding Your Client's Needs

Total Credits: 1

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Shari Wynne Ressler |  Nathan Roach |  Kevin Vela |  Scott C Craig
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Right-sized Legal: Understanding Your Client’s Needs

1-Hour CLE

Date: June 22, 2017

Time: 1:30 PM CDT : 11:30 AM PDT : 2:30 PM EDT : 6:30 PM GDT 

Location: In-Person at Austin’s The Capital Factory or via Live Video Webinar 



Big Client, Small Client. Big Firm, Small Firm. Entrepreneurial Law attorneys come from all sixed firms and they deal with all-sized clients. One thing we have learned so far at the EBA is that many issues are shared by firms of all sizes. The key thing is to serve the start-up client well. We have Scott Craig from WSGR, well known as  big tech, Shari Wynne Ressler and Kevin Vela from small entrepreneurial law firms, and Nathan Roach, also in a small firm. Their perspectives provide insight and tips about how to handle clients of all sizes and at all stages and how to make sure that your fees are paid too.



Scott C. Craig, WSGR

Shari Wynne Ressler, RWR Legal, PC and SKU

Nathan Roach, Attorney at Law

Kevin Vela, Vela-Wood



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).

Nathan Roach's Profile

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Nathan helps new and growing businesses build and protect their company, its brand, and its assets. He has co-founded startup companies and written code as an early employee at Rackspace, a major cloud computing leader. Based on these experiences, he enjoys helping others build their own companies and accelerate their growth.

Nathan Roach is well known in the IP community. An attorney and technologist, Mr. Roach maintains an active intellectual property law and litigation practice focused on helping inventors, innovators, and startups avoid trouble, protect their IP, and stay focused on transforming their field of endeavor. As a former programmer and active entrepreneur, Nathan brings a wealth of experience to his law practice that differentiates him from peers in the industry.

Nathan began his career in technology as employee number 19 at Rackspace Managed Hosting, rising from self taught webmaster to Project Manager. He took his technology skills into the business world, founding Litigation Dynamics, a litigation support company that anticipated the growing need for technology support in the legal profession.  After his exit, Nathan Roach attended law school where he helped direct implementation of the St. Mary’s University School of Law Mock Courtroom, and began his studies with an eye toward intellectual property practice.

Nathan continually seeks to build new solutions to today’s problems and he prides himself on supporting the growing San Antonio technology community. Nathan regularly conducts pro bono legal clinics for entrepreneurs.

Kevin Vela's Profile

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Vela Wood

Kevin Vela is a founding partner at Vela | Wood P.C. He focuses his practice in the areas of venture financing, fund formation, and M&A activities. In recent years, he has represented both startups and investors in over $100M in venture financing. Kevin speaks, reads and writes fluent Spanish, and is able to provide bilingual representation on request. He is active in the legal and business community, and regularly writes about startup and small business issues in the VW blog. Kevin was named a 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star, was honored by D Magazine as a Best Lawyer in Dallas, and is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, an honor granted to 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys.


Kevin Vela is a founding partner at Vela | Wood P.C., a boutique law firm with offices in Dallas and Austin. He focuses his practice in the areas of venture financing, fund formation, and M&A activities. In recent years, he has represented both startups and investors in over $100 million in venture financing. Kevin is a founding member of The Dallas Angel Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with angel investors in Dallas, and he co-manages Blossom Street Ventures, a Dallas based venture capital fund that is currently on its third fund. Kevin was named a 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star and was honored by D Magazine as a Best Lawyer in Dallas for 2016.

Scott C Craig's Profile

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Scott Craig is a partner in the Austin office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His practice primarily consists of mergers and acquisitions, private company equity and debt financing, public offerings (including the initial public offering of Rackspace Hosting in August 2008), and general corporate and securities law.

Before attending law school, Scott worked for three years as a management consultant for Manhattan Associates, a supply-chain and warehouse-management consulting and software company.

Right Sized MCLE

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1-credit hours, of which 0 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.


New York:  
Because this course has received 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.


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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