From Associate to Founder: Leveraging your Firm Experience to Work for a Start-Up

Event Date
  • 4/16/2019   6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Please arrive early for registration
  • Cardozo Law School
    55 Fifth Avenue
    Faculty Lounge Room 512
    New York, New York 10003


After putting in several years as a law firm associate, it is not uncommon for young lawyers to look to alternative career paths. One option, particularly for technology-minded IP attorneys, is to consider a start-up. The NYIPLA Young Lawyers Committee and Cardozo Law School Tech Startup Clinic will co-host a roundtable discussion on how law firm associates can make a transition to a career at a start-up. Speakers will include the director of Cardozo’s tech startup clinic and former law firm associates who have gone on to found their own start-ups in a variety of industries.

Topics covered will include:

  • legal and non-legal career opportunities at a start-up
  • the life cycle of start-ups and their legal and employment needs at each stage 
  • war stories from lawyers turned founders


  • Aaron Wright - Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Founder/Director, Tech Startup Clinic, Cardozo Law School
  • Alma Asay - CIO, Integreon, Inc.
  • Nehal Madhani - CEO, Alt Legal
  • Michael Sander - Founder and Managing Director, Docket Alarm and Director of Analytics, Fastcase
  • Richard Zemsky - Co-Founder and COO, Neurovation Labs

Moderator: Tara Melillo - Skadden

Reception sponsored by the Cardozo Start-Up Law Society