You have a practice but also have a new business you want to start – an invention, an offshoot of your practice, or something else. You probably need funding. Leslee Cohen with AllRise Legal Counsel helps with equity investments, and she demystifies these investments in this episode.


Leslee Cohen is the founder and managing partner of AllRise Legal Counsel. She concentrates her transactional practice in securities and startup law, corporate finance, technology law, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. She represents clients across many industries from consumer products to technology companies to healthcare businesses to real estate firms.


Leslee started her practice at a Wall Street firm in 1992, spent 13 years honing her skills at a large firm based in Chicago and left to form AllRise 2010. AllRise was founded on Leslee’s desire to work with earlier stage and smaller businesses. Each of its attorneys is big firm trained and experienced. AllRise counsels startups and growth stage companies in connection with their entity formation, founder and advisor equity grants and early fundraising rounds, whether “friends and family investments,” angel, seed or venture capital rounds. They also represent real estate funds in the syndication process. Leslee graduated from New York University School of Law in 1992 and from the University of Michigan in 1989.


She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Small Business Advocacy Council, a co-founder of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and a frequent speaker and mentor for accelerator and incubator programs including The Hatchery, Good Food Accelerator, the Wisconsin Technology Council, Worbox and the University of Michigan’s Opportunity Hub, and is a member of the All Raise community, a speaker at the annual GirlCon Conference for high school girls in STEM, and a judge for the annual Founders First Chicago Job Creators Grant.


In this episode Carl White and Leslee Cohen discuss:

  • What the legal process looks like when pursuing an equity investment
  • Special considerations in pursuing equity investment when it’s a side hustle
  • Reasons why equity investments end up not working out


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