Legal Consulting with Ashley Demland, August 5, 2019

Are All Your Legal Bases Covered?

Whether you need help deciding whether to form an LLC or corporation or can’t tell the difference between an independent contractor and an employee, a one-on-one consultation with a lawyer can help you navigate the legal issues your business might face.


  • Determine which type of legal entity is appropriate for your business
  • Determine whether you need an operating agreement, partnership agreement, discuss any other contract you may need reviewed
  • Discuss the protections that are available for your intellectual property
  • Identify employment-related legal issues for your business, including distinguishing between independent contractors and employees
  • Note: Each session lasts 50 minutes. Please bring specific questions or documents to review, and arrive ten minutes early for your session to complete the required intake paperwork.


  • You must be a Mercy Corps Northwest loan client or Foundations student having completed Week 4. If you do not meet these criteria, we may still be able to work with you—please call (503) 896-5086.
  • Cost: $25 each session, advanced registration required.
  • For the purposes of consultations at Mercy Corps Northwest, our services are limited to business law and do not cover criminal law, domestic relations, or patent or family law. 


About the Consultant

Ashley is a corporate attorney who focuses exclusively on advising business owners.  From formation to exit, fundraising to litigation, Ashley is an experienced advocate who keeps her eye on the bottom line.

Like many of her clients, Ashley is an entrepreneur.  After being battle-tested at a mid-sized business law firm in Portland, she and her husband Jeff and law school classmate Kristie realized their long-standing dream of owning their own firm.  They’re now living out the advice they give their clients.

Ashley focuses on providing savvy, practical advice to businesses that are growing, fundraising, and contemplating exits.  She’s experienced in advising companies in how to protect their intellectual property portfolios, how to raise money the right way, how to negotiate contracts with key advisers and vendors, and how to avoid legal pitfalls before they become a problem.  And when they do become a problem, Ashley isn’t afraid to fight for her clients in litigation.

Outside of work, Ashley enjoys diving and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jeff, daughter, Eliza, and two fantastic dogs, Zoey and Heike.


We are thrilled to be able to offer people of color scholarships to any training activity. Eligible clients need to have a home or business address within the city of Portland. Our goal is to make business education accessible to everyone in our community. Link to Online Application.

PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR A TRAINING ACTIVITY IF YOU PLAN ON APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP – wait until your scholarship application has been approved or denied, and then proceed with registration. You will be contacted via email after we receive your application. Questions? Email

REFUND POLICY: Refunds are available up to one week prior to the start of the class. If you are unable to attend, we will do our best to accommodate your situation. Registration is not complete without payment.

Event Details

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  • Mon, Aug 5 2019 | 1:00-1:50
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43 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR, USA

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