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Q Founder Series | Building the Team: Labor and Employment Issues for Startups

When: Monday, January 23, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT

Where: 1801 Maple Avenue, 1400, Evanston, IL 60201 Evanston map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Sonia Kim   (847) 467-0446

Group: Innovation and New Ventures Office

Category: Lectures & Meetings


The InQbation Lab's third seminar of the Q Founder Series will focus on issues related to building a startup team. The presentation will focus on key labor and employment legal issues for startups. Topics will include the hiring process and initial hiring paperwork, the legal differences between independent contractors and employees, legal requirements for interns, and typical employment challenges, such as terminations, common employment litigation, and the use of foreign employees and contractors.

Adam Falkof and Brian Harstein will have open office hours immediately following the seminar to discuss relevant topics. Please complete this form to request office hours-noting on Question 15 "Adam Falkof - Jan 23." They will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis.



Adam Falkof is a partner at Quarles & Brady in Chicago and leads the firm’s startup practice. He has substantial experience with the Midwest’s startup community and has previously launched four of his own startups. Mr. Falkof represents a number leading early-stage startups and has close relationships with technology accelerators, angel investors, and venture capital funds nationwide. He also writes a monthly Midwest startups newsletter that features early stage Midwest startup companies and upcoming startup community events.


Brian Hartstein serves as Chicago office chair of Quarles' Labor & Employment Practice Group. Brian seeks to help clients anticipate and avoid employment issues and serves as a passionate advocate when litigation is unavoidable. He advises management on an array of workplace issues, including employee discipline, performance management, leave, accommodations, and wage and hour compliance. His litigation practice focuses on defending employers in employment discrimination, retaliation, and wage and compensation disputes, as well as disputes concerning trade secret protection and unfair competition. 

He is particularly focused on clients in the telecommunications, financial services and health care industries. He also works with founders and early stage companies juggling the demands of growth and legal compliance. Brian strives to become a business partner to his clients by providing common-sense, solutions-oriented counsel on day-to-day employment matters.

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