february, 2021

thu04feb3:00 pm4:00 pmEvent OverVirtual EventWhy Startups Should Consider Litigation RiskStartup Law series by Husch Blackwell Cortex3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Series:Startup Law by Husch Blackwell Cortex

Why Startups Should Consider Litigation Risk

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Most startups initially focus on incorporation, funding, and protecting their intellectual property, which is logical and practical! While these are all important and necessary, startups should also ensure that they are protecting their new startup from legal actions such as a lawsuit — the dreaded ‘‘L’’ word. A lawsuit is the official court process in which two or more parties seek to resolve a dispute. A legal battle can be lengthy, expensive, and create bad publicity. Startups are experiencing a rise in litigation and below we will focus on three growing risks to startups and provide practical steps to prevent these types of lawsuits.

Find out more on:

  • Responding to the dreaded cease-and-desist and demand letters
  • Preserving documentation with third parties to avoid liability
  • Structuring your startup formation to reduce the risk of owner liability
  • Forming agreements to reduce the risk of litigation between co-founders
  • Maintaining the appropriate employment documentation to reduce the risk of liability

After the presentation, Theresa and Mary Kate will answer questions to help you be proactive on limiting your liability and be prepared for potential litigation.


Theresa Mullineaux
As a Commercial Litigation attorney, Theresa Mullineaux finds intelligent solutions to complex problems for clients in a variety of industries. She is an asset in all stages of litigation, including fact investigations, initial pleadings, dispositive motions, motions in limine, discovery, depositions, and trial preparation. Theresa’s intuition and calm demeanor allow her to build effective partnerships with clients. Theresa is also a member of the St. Louis-Cortex Leadership Team, helping startup companies navigate the legal environment. Theresa was previously a senior associate in the Allen Angel Capital Education Fund, which is a group of mid-Missouri investors. Her approachable nature and legal skills generate successful collaboration with entrepreneurs.

Mary Kate Mullen
Mary Kate Mullen is involved in every stage of commercial and healthcare litigation, from the initial analysis of disputes to the final resolution of matters on appeal. As a Commercial Litigation attorney, she advises and defends start-up businesses, providers, hospitals, practitioners, suppliers, and executives in business-critical claims and decisions. Mary Kate brings a bevy of skills to her advocacy for clients. Her approachable, enthusiastic demeanor allows for easy collaboration among clients, witnesses, and counsel. Mary Kate is a member of the St. Louis-Cortex Leadership team and a proud resident of the City of St. Louis.

About Husch Blackwell Cortex
The Cortex Innovation Community is moving St. Louis toward becoming a world-class technology innovation district. The Husch Blackwell Cortex office is co-located with innovators, entrepreneurs, and start-up companies
and our team of attorneys provides quality consultation in a cost-effective manner.


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