Startup Legal Matters

“Startup Legal Matters” offers a deep dive into legal, accounting, regulatory and risk management topics that are critical to startup success. This instructor led 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 with instructors. 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 instructor led course is 4 weeks in duration. The instructor led classes will be offered at both the Winston-Salem and Davidson locations. The courses at both locations are on Monday nights from 5:30 – 7:30 PM each week. The first hour of the instructor led class will include lecture and review of course materials. The second hour of the course will be optional one on one assistance on student projects. The next instructor lead sessions will begin on February 3, 2020 and end on February 24, 2020. Online classes are available anytime.


Winston Salem
500 West Fifth Street, Eighth Floor
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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

Instructor Led Enrollment

The instructor led course consists of 6 instructor led sessions and includes online access.  The student plan requires registration with a “.edu” email address. Pick your plan and enroll using the buttons below.

General Public: $99

General Public

Flywheel Members: $69


Students: $39.



Online Only Enrollment

The online only course consists online only access to the course lessons, videos, and materials. The student plan requires registration with a “.edu” email address. Pick your plan and enroll using the buttons below.

General Public Online: $49

General Public

Flywheel Members Online: $39


Students Online: $29.




June Allison

In her practice at the Forrest Firm, June advises and represents businesses in a wide range of commercial matters, with emphasis on contract drafting, shareholder disputes, succession planning, and litigation. She helps business clients develop strong practices to avoid litigation, and also represents them in conflict resolutions and controversies.

Charles Caulkins
Winston Salem

Charles is a registered patent attorney and currently co-team leader of KTS’s Chemistry and Life Sciences Team. He works with Fortune 500 companies and start-ups and understands the intellectual property issues and needs affecting both. Charles is also an active angel investor and has participated in due diligence in over 100 potential transactions.

Stephanie Fields

In her practice at the Forrest Firm, Stephanie advises entrepreneurs and executives in a wide range of legal matters pertinent to every stage of the business life cycle, with particular emphasis on the needs of early-stage companies, including entity formation, venture financings, and governance.

Lyle Gravatt

Lyle focuses his practice on patents at Forrest Firm, trademarks and intellectual property licensing and agreements. His strategic perspectives and experience in a wide range of technologies allow clients to protect and monetize their intellectual property assets in coordination with their business’s goals.

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.

Leslie Lasher

At Forrest Firm, Leslie represents public and private employers and executives, advising them on issues related to compliance with state and federal employment laws, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, and NC REDA, and regularly drafts and negotiates employment contracts. She works with employers to create and implement employment handbooks and policies  to ensure efficiency and to develop resilient employment strategies.

David Morris

At Forrest Firm, David draws from a deep well of experience as an attorney, M&A strategic advisor, commercial banker, educator, entrepreneur/founder, and investor. He focuses on commercial transactions/banking work, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.

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.

Adam Wanee

At Forrest Firm, Adam counsels executives and entrepreneurs through entity formation and corporate governance, contract matters, angel and venture capital fundraising, debt financings, and strategic transactions. He focuses his work in general corporate representation, angel and venture capital financing, and mergers and acquisitions..

Monica Webb-Shackleford

At Forrest Firm, Monica serves clients in the areas of employment law, business litigation, and appellate matters. She works with employers as administrative and litigation counsel with the primary goal of minimizing the impact on everyday operation..

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.