Part-time Kansas City startup lawyer, full-time entrepreneur.
On October 3, 2013, I decided to make an entrepreneurial jump. I resigned from a mid-size Kansas City law firm to create two companies: a website development and hosting platform for small law firms (b.Legal Marketing), and a modern law practice (Venture Legal).
And today, I’m happier than ever with that decision.
Avoid the headaches associated with traditional law firms.
Kansas City startups, freelancers, and small business owners often find it frustrating to work with traditional law firms. Their out-of-date technology, practice methods, and hourly billing often don’t align with the way you run your business.
When you work with Venture Legal, you’ll enjoy our modern practice that takes advantage of cloud-based technology, digital file-sharing, electronic signatures, and online billing. What’s more, both you and our firm can benefit from our fixed-fee, project-based legal services.
A different approach: “Horseback Law”
While many attorneys focus solely on reasons you can’t do something, we like to think different. Our goal is to try to give “yes if” answers rather than just answering “no.” Moreover, we know you’ll love our use of what Google calls Horseback Law.
When you are ready to gain confidence in your business, let us know.
I’m a big supporter of the Kansas City startup community.
Board of Advisors, KC Tech Council
Mentor, UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Mentor, Startup Weekend Kansas City
Mentor, The Sprint Accelerator
Mentor, Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
Mentor, Coffee + Design
Speaker, WordCamp Kansas City
Speaker, Kansas City Design Week
Member, Think Big Coworking
Co-Founder, Edge Up Sports
Founder, Innovative Professionals for Entrepreneurs
Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Member, Missouri Bar
Member, Kansas Bar
I’ve been honored to receive several professional acknowledgements:
Silicon Prairie Service Provider of the Year Finalist, 2013 & 2014
Top Ten People Kansas City Entrepreneurs Should Meet, SPN, 2014
Top Ten Law Firm Website, Lawyerist.com, 2014
Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016
KCMBA Bar Leadership Academy, 2011-2012
Candler S. Rogers Award for Most Outstanding Law Review Writing, 2010
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010
- Business and Entrepreneurial Law Emphasis
- Administrative and Technical Editor, UMKC Law Review
- Member, Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic
- Staff Member, The ABA Urban Lawyer
- Recipient, Three CALI Awards
- Vice President, Intellectual Property Legal Society
- Student Representative, Research and Writing Strategic Planning Committee
World Intellectual Property Organization, 2007
- International Intellectual Property Distance Learning Course
Belmont University, Bachelors of Business Administration, 2005
- Emphasis in Music Production
- Focus in Record Production and Engineering
You can find my writing on various websites, blogs, and magazines. Some of those are below.
While on the UMKC Law Review I was also fortunate to be selected for publication. My paper discussed copyleft licenses (similar to open source code) and how Congress should amend the Copyright Act to allow creators to relinquish their copyrights. It was selected as the Most Outstanding Law Review Writing for the 2009-2010 academic year.