Smith Anderson Participates in Legal Coaching Clinic for UNC Student Entrepreneurs

On August 16, 2014, Merrill Mason, head of Smith Anderson’s Start-Ups practice, along with Smith Anderson lawyers Jesse Jones and Mikal Shaikh, participated in a legal clinic for UNC MBA students in the development of their venture ideas. The clinic took place through the Entrepreneurial Studies program at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School where students learn the analytical skills to recognize opportunities, while developing the people skills to tap into the broader UNC entrepreneurial network. The program concludes with a legal clinic where seasoned attorneys provide insight through an interview style session with these students and offer guidance with overcoming the typical hurdles that an emerging business may face. 

About Smith Anderson’s Start-Ups Practice

Smith Anderson’s start-up practice works with clients that include companies specializing in technology, life sciences, software, drug discovery, medical devices, distribution and professional services, as well as angel funds and start-up accelerators. Our lawyers are practical legal business counselors with a partner’s passion for your idea and a personal commitment to your company’s success. Whether you’re a professor with a patent, an individual with a new invention or an undergraduate with a brilliant idea, we can help clear the path, freeing you to apply your energy to succeeding on your own merit and your own terms. For more information, please visit

 About Smith Anderson

Since our founding in 1912, Smith Anderson has grown to more than 120 attorneys and is the largest law firm headquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area. We serve clients ranging in size from large public companies to emerging growth businesses, providing a full range of legal services to assist our clients in accomplishing their goals. The knowledge and experience of our attorneys make us well-positioned to handle the litigation and business matters that our clients face. For more information, please visit


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