Laying a Solid Foundation: Business Law Fundamentals for Artists – Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Whether you are thinking about starting your first business or are a seasoned, serial entrepreneur, a thorough understanding of how to setup and structure your business will maximize the potential of your venture. In Laying a Solid Foundation: Business Law Fundamentals for Artists, business attorneys Theresa Simpson and Gary Swearingen will take you through a whirlwind seminar of legal issues in setting up and operating your business. You will leave a framework for understanding how to recognize and resolve the legal issues involved with setting up and operating a business.

Topics will include:

  • business entities
  • license requirements
  • having employees
  • working with your advisers (lawyers, accountants, psychotherapists)


This workshop is ideal for artists, creative entrepreneurs, and attorneys who represent them, and includes a networking reception from 7-7:30 pm. Get your ticket now!



Gary Swearingen is Corporate Counsel at Costco Wholesale. Prior to Costco he was in-house at Motricity, Inc. and Washington Mutual and was a partner at Garvey Schubert Barer. He has extensive experience in business and intellectual property matters for tech and non-tech companies. He is a past president of Washington Lawyers for the Arts and a frequent speaker on legal issues of interest to artists.

Theresa Simpson represents individuals and businesses in the technology, sports and entertainment fields. She advises software and other technology companies, and athletes, authors, filmmakers, composers, publishers, independent labels, recording artists and others in the sports and entertainment industries with respect to licensing, publishing, branding and other transactions involving intellectual property rights, television and film production, and general business matters and media issues. Ms. Simpson handles trademark and copyright matters from prosecution to enforcement of rights and resolution of disputes, including domain name disputes. She also advises clients regarding privacy and data security matters.

Ms. Simpson’s pro bono activities include representation of arts organizations and nonprofits involved in domestic violence and other social issues, as well as individuals unable to afford legal services. Ms. Simpson has served as an adjunct lecturer in the Master of Communication in Digital Media program at the University of Washington and the Film & Video Communications Program at Seattle Central Community College and is active with community organizations, including serving as a member of the Seattle Sports Commission, and on the Steering Committee of DigitalEve Seattle, a professional organization for women in technology and on the Education Committee of Seattle Arts and Lectures.



Thursday, March 6, 2014



5:30 – 7:30 pm (doors open at 5:15)
please note: building elevators close at 6 pm. 


  • Garvey Schubert Barer
  • 6th Floor
  • Second & Seneca Bldg
  • 1191 Second Avenue
  • Seattle, WA 98101


  • $50 Attorneys
  • $15 Artists, Students and Others
  • includes refreshments!


  • approved for 1.5 credits (WA)
  • MCLE acitivity ID 362616



WLA workshops are sponsored in part by:
4 Culture


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