The Foundry Law Blog

Paid Family and Medical Leave: What do businesses need to know?

Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington State Washington State adopted the Paid Family and Medical Leave program in 2019. This law, in short, created a system where qualified employees who need to take time off to care for themselves, loved ones, or the birth or adoption of a child could take a certain amount […]

Does my startup need Patent or Trade Secret protection on its IP?

One of my favorite responses to any question is: “I guess I’ll have to answer your question with another question.”  It’s probably the reason people generally avoid me at parties, but so often when giving any advice, it makes more sense to leave the decision in the hands of the person with the most intimate […]

Starting A Food Business: From Soup to Nuts

You’re a good cook. You’ve worked in restaurants your whole life, starting as a dishwasher when you were 16 and you’ve worked your way up. You’ve been a sous chef for a number of years, but you want to make your own menu. You grew up cooking—both your mom and dad enjoy being in the […]

5 Reasons to Work with Foundry, So That Foundry Can Work for You

Recently, I received an email from an existing client. They had interviewed several law firms including several larger ones before deciding to engage with Foundry. They appreciated our experience and approach. They wrote to let me know that their investors have expressed a preference that they work with a larger, more established law firm. This […]

Social Purpose Corporations: Beyond the Profits

Social Purpose Corporations (SPC) are an interesting and (relatively) new corporate form available in Washington State that gives directors and officers the luxury of exploring ways to positively impact their employees, community, and environment, with less fear of repercussions via legal action from angry shareholders.  If you are starting a company that has one of […]

Relief In Sight: Liquor & Cannabis Board to Consider Rules Changes

I have been telling my cannabis industry clients and constituents for two years to be patient; the regulations which, to a great extent, have choked the development and growth of the legal cannabis industry in Washington, will loosen up eventually. Washington’s restrictive and conservative approach, which has purposefully stayed under the federal oversight scrutiny, appears […]

My Startup Weekend Rollercoaster Ride

Attending a Startup Weekend is like riding a rollercoaster for the first time: after you’ve attended once, you decide whether you’re a rollercoaster-person or not. If you are, you want to take another ride. And maybe another after that! Startup Weekend is a weekend full of hands-on experience where experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs’ work together […]

An Angel Investor Reflects on a Pool of Seattle’s Startup Talent

Something momentous happened in my life at Seattle Angel Conference VI (SAC). On November 12th, 2014, together with a community of supportive investors, I officially became an angel investor. But I am a lawyer and this is our firm’s blog, so why do I want to write here about my exhilarating experience of becoming an […]