How to Protect a Startup

“How to Protect a Startup” offers a deep dive into legal, accounting, regulatory and risk management topics that are critical to startup success. This course is facilitated by Steve Virgil, a professor of law at Wake Forest and Director of the Community Law Clinic. Steve will be joined by a panel of experts from our partnering firms, this course is offered in six weekly evening sessions. This course is part of the popular “How to Start a Startup” series.

Class Format

The course is offered online and in person. Lesson plans are available online coupled with in-person instruction. Session content is listed below, and enrollees will be given additional resource materials, articles and video links in advance of and following each segment


The course is 6 weeks in duration for the instructor led sessions. This class will be offered at the Winston Salem location on Wednesday nights from 6:00 – 8:00 PM each week starting on March 27, 2019 and ending May 1, 2019. 


Winston Salem
Center for Design Innovation building
450 Design Ave., Third Floor
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Davidson College
Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation
and Entrepreneurship
210 Delburg St.
Davidson, NC 28036


Will Joyner
Winston Salem

Will is a Partner with Kilpatrick Townsend, a full service law firm with 21 offices around the world. Will’s legal practice focuses on business law and corporate transactions, including entity formation and structuring, investor financing transactions, commercial contracts, and mergers & acquisitions.

Peter Juran
Winston Salem

Peter has been practicing law with Blanco Tackabery for over 32 years, focusing his practice in business litigation and employment law. His time is primarily spent assisting clients in avoiding, navigating, and resolving the disputes that imperil small businesses and employers. He is also a long-time serial community volunteer.

Amber Koger
Winston Salem

Amber is a Senior Associate with Kilpatrick Townsend. She has 10 years of legal experience, and focuses her practice on business and corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, private equity and corporate governance.

Chris Seamster
Winston Salem

Chris Seamster is a Corporate and Securities attorney at Blanco Tackabery law firm. Chris practiced in New York for over 10 years representing public and private companies, with a particular focus on public and private equity and debt financing, securities offerings and related regulatory compliance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Steve Virgil
Winston Salem

Steve Virgil is a professor at Wake Forest Univ School of Law, where he also directs the schools clinical education program. He has practiced law for more than 25 years, advising start-ups, corporate and nonprofit clients, and prior to that practiced in the areas of finance and securities regulation.

Jeff Wolfe
Winston Salem

Jeff Wolfe is the Managing Attorney of the Forrest Firm, P.C. and practices business law out of the firm’s Winston-Salem office. His practice areas cover the entire lifecycle of for profit and non-profit entities, including formation, financing, day-to-day contracts, and exits.


The course consists of 6 instructor led sessions. Participants in the course will have access to the course material and updates after the course concludes. One time class only sessions are available for $20 payable at the door. The one time payments do not include access to the online course materials. The student plan requires registration with a “.edu” email address. Pick your plan and enroll using the buttons below.

General Public: $150

General Public

Flywheel Members: $75


Students: $35.