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The Trump Effect: Get Your Entrepreneurial Client Prepared for the New Reality

Total Credits: 3

Business Law |  Technology
Shari Wynne Ressler |  Scott Brutocao, JD |  Brian A Hall, JD |  James E Oury, LLB, ACA |  Robert Reetz, JD |  Jenifer Smith, JD
3-Hour CLE
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As current as it gets!: the Trump administration is bringing important changes to your entrepreneurial clients' business.  Our outstanding panel of experts will tell you how to get ready to meet the challenge.  Get the experts’ checklist for IP and Tech, Tax, and Employment Law Changes on the horizon.  Get the International lawyers’ perspective and more.  Over 70 pages of new written material included with presentation.


​​Topic Highlights:

  • Introduction
    • ​Shari Wynne Ressler, RWR Legal
  • Overview
    • ​Jenifer Smith, DLA Piper, (.5-hour CLE)
  • Workforce Issues: Employment Issues
    • ​Scott Brutocao, Cornell, Smith, Mierl, Brutocao (.5-hour CLE)
  • Technology/Intellectual Property Issues
    • ​Brian Hal, DLA Piper (DBA Hall Legal) (.5-hour CLE
  • Tax Policy
    • Robert Reetz, McGinnis Lochridge (.5-hour CLE)​
  • The European Lawyer’s Perspective
    • ​James Oury, Oury Clark, (.5-hour CLE)
  • Moderated Discussion and Questions from the Audience among Speakers
    • ​Panel Discussion - All Speakers (.5-hour CLE)

Course materials are provided as a PDF download.  

State Activity Number TX: 901375116



Shari Wynne Ressler's Profile

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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).

Scott Brutocao, JD's Profile

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Cornell, Smith, Mierl & Brutocao LLP

Scott Brutocao represents employers in all aspects of Labor and Employment law.  Mr. Brutocao is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is licensed in both Texas and California.  Mr. Brutocao’s expertise includes representing Texas and California employers in all aspects of litigation, conducting numerous jury and non-jury trials/arbitrations on a variety of legal claims in state and federal court, advising Texas and California employers on the full variety of employment-related issues, drafting and negotiating all types of employment-related agreements, reviewing and creating employee handbooks and policies, and providing training for employers on compliance with laws on virtually all employment-related subjects, from hiring to termination.

Mr. Brutocao has expertise not only in employment and labor law, but also in enforcing and defending against covenants not to compete, covenants not to solicit customers and employees, and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Mr. Brutocao litigated employment cases exclusively for employers in California prior to settling in Texas in 2000.  He is a frequent speaker at employment-related seminars, both for employers and other attorneys.  He also publishes articles on employment law issues in a variety of commercial and legal publications.

Following California, Mr. Brutocao practiced law at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Austin and then founded the Austin office for national employment law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.  After 10 years of a national practice at Ogletree, Mr. Brutocao joined the Cornell, Smith, Mierl & Brutocao LLP in 2013.

Brian A Hall, JD's Profile

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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.     

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Oury Clark

James is a dual qualified practicing lawyer and chartered accountant and is strategic head of its Technology, Life Science and Financial Services practices.  In assisting financial services clients, James regularly interacts with the Financial Conduct Authority and advises disruptive financial technology companies in the UK market.

James focusses on assisting investment businesses from payment services to asset management establish themselves within the UK, EU and transatlantically.

James has assisted numerous US companies entering the UK and European markets, he has a regular presence in the United States and is active in the financial technology start-up world.

James sits in his capacity as General Counsel on a number of Boards.

He is one of the architects of the firm’s pro-bono strategy which has led to the representation of death row clients across the world and more recently victims affected by the 2005 London bombings.

James is regularly consulted by both Government, the International Bar Association and other agencies.

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McGinnis Lochridge

Robert E. Reetz, Jr. concentrates his law practice in the areas of  Mergers and Acquisitions, Taxation, Corporate Restructuring, Business Organizations, Financing Transactions and Contracts.  Bob is both a Certified Accountant and Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Specialization and is able to provide  a distinctive perspective on maximizing the shareholder/owner value in a business transaction though the formation, merger, spin off, reorganization, merger or acquisition.  Bob has managed the start up of an entity or organization, guide it through its development and through the most challenging aspects of the business life including the ultimate sale of the business or transition to new ownership and management.

As an experienced tax attorney, Bob is able to provide tax planning for a business along with representing taxpayers in controversy matters all the way through the administrative process including the U.S. Tax Court.  His experience includes planning and preparing corporation documentation such as stock option plans, stock transactions, secured transactions, employee benefits, loan documentation and estate tax planning.

Bob's current professional activities includes serving as the president of the Austin Tax Study Group. He has also been recognized by Martindale Hubbell® as an AV®  Preeminent™ attorney and has been named to the Best Lawyers© list in the field of Tax law since 2012. Bob is also involved in his community and  serves on several  neighborhood and boards.

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DLA Piper

Jenifer Renzenbrink Smith is a partner in the Austin office of DLA Piper, where she practices corporate and securities law. Jenifer's practice focuses on the representation of technology, life sciences and emerging growth companies, venture capital firms, and investment banks in a variety of corporate and securities law matters, including entity formation, private equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC compliance.

Trump Effect MCLE

New York:
Because this course has recieved 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.


This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the  State Bar of California in the amount of 3-credit hours.

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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