About Startup Law Talk.

Startup law talk is a collaborative effort by four legal professionals — three lawyers and a tax CPA — who focus on serving startup companies or their owners.  We host monthly workshops and publish this website to  help educate entrepreneurs about legal issues faced by startup companies.  Entrepreneurs are welcome to treat our workshops like office hours.  We are happy to address issues that you would like to cover.  Preferably, send us a note in advance indicating the topic you would like covered.

The StartupLawTalk Team:

Ashley Long – Founder of Ember IP: Ashley founded Ember IP to provide legal services that are truly compatible with the demands of emerging companies. Prior to founding Ember IP, Ashley worked in several prominent intellectual property and corporate practices in Massachusetts. She earned her B.A. degree in theatre from Alfred University and her J.D. degree from New England School of Law, where she was an associate editor for the NESL Journal of International and Comparative Law. Ashley has also taught the subjects of trademark law, unfair competition law, and copyright law at Boston area law schools. She was an adjunct faculty member at New England School of Law, and has served as guest lecturer at New England School of Law and Suffolk Law School.  A native Pacific Northwesterner, Ashley is excited to be back home and building the Ember IP practice.  Contact Ashley.

Carter Mackley – Co-Founder of Mackley & Mackley PLLC:  Carter is a startup company lawyer who has practiced law 23 years.  After earning his law degree at Columbia Law School in New York City he went to work for a prominent Wall Street firm.  He “retired” after three years to pursue mountain climbing. Taking a part-time job as a deputy prosecutor in Blackfoot, Idaho, he eventually served as the county prosecutor. While in Idaho, he formed his own startup, a print magazine about bears. In 2000 Carter returned to business law, working at the Seattle office of an international law firm for 10 years. In 2010, Carter opted for the low-overhead, virtual-firm style of practice, forming Mackley & Mackley PLLC with his wife Jennifer. They provide experienced, cost-effective counsel to start-up companies of all types, assisting entrepreneurs with entity formation, fundraising, general outside counsel matters, and exit transactions. Mackley & Mackley PLLC  is an active sponsor of the Northwest Chapter of Keiretsu Forum, a collaboration by angel investors to screen, finance and promote the growth of start-up companies.  Contact Carter.

Tahmina Watson – Founder of Watson Immigration Law:  Tahmina founded Watson Immigration Law to assist individuals and business entities with all investment visa matters, as well as all family-based and employment-based immigration matters.  Tahmina is committed to providing high quality, cost effective, and efficient services at a very personal level.  Her clients range from individuals to large multinational companies.   Tahmina’s firm serve clients all over the United States as well as all over the world.  Prior to founding Watson Immigration Law, Tahmina was a partner at White & Watson from July 2006 to December 2008 practising exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization law. Tahmina obtained her law degree and graduated from Brunel University, London, England in 2000.  Tahmina is an active member of the pro bono community in Seattle, working with both the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project and the Access to Justice program at Seattle University.  Contact Tahmina.

Deniz Kiral – Owner of Turquoise Financial Advisory:  Deniz is a Certified Public Accountant, with over 15 years of work experience in the financial services industry focusing on taxation and finance.  He has extensive work experience with the Big 4 public accounting firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and Arthur Andersen, where he specialized in international taxation and taxation for high-net worth individuals. He now has his own tax and wealth practice, Turquoise Financial Advisory, in Bellevue. In addition to being a CPA, Deniz has an undergraduate degree from Ohio State University, a Masters degree in taxation from Miami University and a Masters in Science in Finance from the University of Illinois.  Contact Deniz.