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Legal 101 for Entrepreneurs

  • Monday, September 11, 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • WPI, Rubin Campus Center, 3rd floor Odeum


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Four attorneys from the Worcester-based law firm of Fletcher Tilton PC will take you through some of the basic legal issues you will face as an entrepreneur starting a company.

  • Jess Oyer will outline when and how to work with attorneys, what to look for, and what to expect in terms of common transactions, fees and more.
  • Dennis Gorman will address when to incorporate, the different kinds of business entities, and the implications of each for tax and other purposes.
  • Bobby Hazelton will give an overview of the types of Intellectual Property protections available, and how to handle IP in manufacturing, service and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Joe Bartulis will discuss Employment Law including the legal distinctions between worker classifications such as consultants, independent contractors, and employees, along with the benefits and shortcomings of each labor model.

Question cards will be accepted from the audience for a panel discussion after the presentations.

See the WPI Campus map for directions.


Jess Oyer graduated from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC in 2011. While in law school, Jess worked both in the Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Dept. of Energy and for U.S. Magistrate Judge Beshouri. Jess also was an Editor of G.W.’s Public Contract Law Journal, and his student Note--Plea for Penalty: Remediating Contingency Contract Oversight with Existing but Underutilized Penalty Mechanisms--was published at 40 PUB. CONT. L.J. 1041. Jess did his undergraduate studies at Colgate University.

After graduating from law school, Jess served as a Law Clerk to the Superior Court in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He next worked for a boutique litigation firm in Washington, D.C. before joining Fletcher Tilton in 2016. Jess is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts and

New York.

Client-service oriented, Dennis F. Gorman is accessible and responsive to his clients’ needs.

Having practiced as a CPA and worked within many practice groups at Fletcher Tilton, Attorney Gorman assists clients most efficiently and effectively. Due to his extensive knowledge in estate, trust, foundation, tax, charitable organization and corporate practice areas, he has been asked to lecture at many events and seminars and has published numerous articles.

Attorney Gorman provides expert legal counsel to families and organizations through: Sophisticated estate, trust, tax and business succession planning; estate administration, professional trustee services; asset protection planning; formation and maintenance of tax exempt entities; corporate, partnership & LLC formation and transactions; elder law & special needs planning; guardianships and conservatorships; and custodial & bill paying services.

A lifelong resident of Worcester, Mr. Gorman is very active in the community, most recently serving on the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as a Trustee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

Bobby L. Hazelton combines his interests in the intersection of technology and law as a member of various professional organizations, including the Worcester County Bar Association. He has served as a member of the Adjunct Law Faculty with Suffolk University Law School and Anna Maria College. While at Suffolk, Attorney Hazelton coached mock trial teams that won six consecutive New England regional championships. In 2007, he was named a Massachusetts Rising Star and recognized as a “40 Under 40” winner by the Worcester Business Journal.

Resident in the firm’s Worcester office, Attorney Hazelton is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the United States Supreme Court. He earned his J.D., cum laude, with a concentration in High Technology Law from Suffolk University Law School and is a graduate of Auburn University, where he earned his B.S.

in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Physics.

Attorney Joseph T. Bartulis, Jr. advises private and public sector employers on all aspects of workplace law; and counsels school departments and institutions of higher learning on education law. A skilled attorney and successful negotiator for his clients, Bartulis delivers expert representation and sound resolution involving complex legal matters facing these sectors today.

Attorney Bartulis regularly advises clients on wage and hour, statutory compliance, unemployment, and pay practice issues. Bartulis drafts and negotiates employment agreements.

He pro actively counsels employers on employee relations matters; and defends management in employment-based litigation.

Mr. Bartulis assists management during union organizational campaigns and unit determinations. And represents management in unfair labor practice charge cases, mediations, and arbitrations.

Within the Education and Higher Education Law practice group at Fletcher Tilton, Attorney

Bartulis represents and counsels clients on a variety of matters including: School policies, student discipline, teacher discipline, education laws, labor relations, and collective bargaining.


Advertising: The contents of this seminar are for informational purposes only and may constitute advertising pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:07.

Attorney-Client Relationship: Attendance at this seminars does not create an attorney/client relationship with Fletcher Tilton PC or any of the firm’s attorneys.

An invitation to contact the firm is not a solicitation to provide professional services.

This seminar is intended to offer general information to clients, and potential clients, of the firm, which information is current to the best of our knowledge. The information is general and should not be treated as specific legal advice applicable to a particular situation. Fletcher Tilton PC assumes no responsibility for any individual’s reliance on the information disseminated unless, of course, that reliance is as a result of the firm’s specific recommendation made to a client as part of our representation of the client. Please note that changes in the law occur and that information contained herein may need to be reverified from time to time to ensure it is still current.


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