Entity Selection, LLC Formation, Tech Concerns, Contracts and More
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JAY B. ABRAMS, ASA, CPA, MBA, specializes in valuing privately-held businesses. Mr. Abrams is the president of Abrams Valuation Group, Inc., a business valuation firm with offices in North Hollywood, California and New York. He is the author of two books published by McGraw-Hill: Quantitative Business Valuation: A Mathematical Approach for Today's Professionals and How to Value Your Business and Increase its Potential. The second edition of Quantitative Business Valuation is published by John Wiley & Sons. Mr. Abrams is nearly finished with a book on the valuation of S Corporations and other non-tax entities. He has published several quantitative articles in the American Society of Appraisers' Valuation Journal, Business Valuation Review and The Valuation Examiner. Mr. Abrams has invented several valuation models and approximately 150 valuation formulas. Plaintiff's economist used Abrams Valuation Group, Inc.'s economic components model for the discount for lack of marketability in Maris Distributing Co. v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 302 F.3d 1207 (11th Cir. 2002). He earned his M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, where he also took graduate courses in the Department of Economics. Mr. Abrams earned his B.S. degree from California State University. He has taught business valuation as continuing legal education in many law firms and seminars at the University of Southern California, University of California at San Diego Extension, the University of San Diego Law School for U.S. Tax Court Justice David Laro, USC Graduate School of Business for Professor Thomas Taulli, and California State University at Northridge Business School for Professor Vincentiu Covrig.
MICHAEL D. CROSS JR. is a member of the Alpharetta business and technology law firm of Briskin, Cross & Sanford, LLC, where his areas of practice include partnership and LLC law, mergers and acquisitions, franchise law, and corporate law. For more than a decade, Mr. Cross served as an adjunct professor at Reinhardt University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses involving business law, media law, entrepreneurial law, organizational leadership, and ethics. He also speaks frequently at continuing legal education seminars and has worked with Emory Law School and the Georgia Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism since 2005. Mr. Cross has been selected five times for inclusion in the listing known as Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars for his work representing entrepreneurs, investors and privately-held companies. He is admitted to practice law in Georgia and Indiana, as well as before the U.S. Tax Court. Mr. Cross earned his B.A. degree from Anderson University; his J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law; and his LL.M. degree, with honors, from the University of Alabama School of Law.
KAITLIN F. EISLER is an attorney with the Minneapolis firm Nilan Johnson Lewis PA. Ms. Eisler has vast experience representing privately-held businesses on entity formation, corporate governance, operating agreements, website policies, trademarks, conversions, dissolutions, and ownership disputes. In addition, she drafts M&A documents for numerous clients in share sales, asset sales and corporate reorganizations. She also assists commercial real estate clients with corporate matters regarding commercial development projects, including structuring of parent and subsidiary companies, analyzing securities issues, and preparing securities filings. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Eisler was a risk assurance associate with PriceWaterhouseCoopers which gave her a keen understanding of IT infrastructure, business process, and the application of industry regulatory demands, all of which give her insight into representing her current client base. Ms. Eisler received her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Boston College; and her J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law.
JON L. FARNSWORTH is a partner at Spencer Fane LLP, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He utilizes his M.B.A./J.D. degree to counsel clients, particularly privately-held companies, through complex business transactions, brand protection and technology matters. Mr. Farnsworth uses a common-sense, practical approach to simplify and navigate tricky legal issues. He is a recovering litigator who builds on a wealth of experience, including multiple trials and appeals, to help advise clients about the realities and pitfalls of litigation. He is the former chair of the Technology Law Section at the Minnesota State Bar Association; recipient of the LegalCorps Volunteer of the Year Award; and is consistently recognized by Super Lawyers as a top technology transactional attorney. His clients range from entrepreneurs to established enterprises with international brand recognition. Mr. Farnsworth received his B.A. degree in political science, with honors, and B.A. degree in history, magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College. He also received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from St. Thomas School of Law and his M.B.A. degree from St. Thomas Opus College of Business.