ONLINE Legal Consulting with Tom Turnbull, May 26, 2020

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.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact


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.

This event is proudly hosted by Oregon Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest, operated in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration

Event Details

Date & Time:


  • Tue, May 26 2020 | 5:00-5:50
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[ONLINE] | 43 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA
43 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA

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