Legal Consulting with Tom Turnbull, July 16, 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


As a practicing lawyer and business person, Tom’s career has focused on working with early-stage and high-growth businesses. Currently, Tom is a co-founder of OpenSesame, the largest marketplace for online training. OpenSesame offers over 20,000 online courses through its 300-plus publishing partners. He is passionate about OpenSesame’s core mission to make educational resources more widely available using technology.

Tom has held legal and business positions with several companies, including the Los Angeles Times, Internet Brands, and Knowledge Universe, the largest privately-held education company. He has also been a founder or key team member at four early-stage technology companies. He earned a JD from the University of Washington and an MBA from NYU.



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 [email protected]

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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  • Tue, Jul 16 2019 | 4:00-4:50
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Mercy Corps Northwest | 43 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR, USA
43 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR, USA

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