Thursday, December 12, 2013

NC DENR Secretary Skvarla to speak at “Legal Basics” seminar for early-stage companies

RALEIGH, N.C. - December 11, 2013 – Shanahan Law Group, PLLC, the North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (NC COIN) and Campbell Law School are pleased to announce that Secretary John Skvarla of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) will be the guest speaker at the December 18, 2013 session of their seminar series designed to assist startup and early-stage companies.  This session will focus on incorporating best practices related to employees, contracts, and standard business operations.

Prior to joining the NC DENR, John Skvarla served as CEO for Restoration Systems, an environmental mitigation firm based in Raleigh that helps improve and restore wetlands and waterways.  Additionally, Secretary Skvarla served as COO of The Aviation Group, Inc., was managing director of an investment banking office, and a founding attorney of Skvarla, Wyrick, and Robbins law firm.

“We are excited to have Secretary Skvarla participate in our seminar series as his past experience in business and investment banking provides a wealth of knowledge to impart with our attendees
” said Henry Kopf of Shanahan Law Group.  “His real world business experiences will provide attendees with beneficial insight into how incorporating best business practices can lead to success as well as the pitfalls that can come from mistakes.”

The December 18, 2013 session will begin at 5pm with a presentation and discussion lead by Secretary Skvarla and Kieran Shanahan covering past business and legal experiences.  This will be followed by presentations from John Branch covering employment issues and Henry Kopf addressing business practices related to contracts, purchasing, and quoting.

This seminar is the second in a five part seminar series covering a number of topics important to the success of early-stage businesses, including:  (1) Business formation; (2) The importance of incorporating good business practices in contracts, purchasing, receiving, and employment matters; (3) Intellectual property issues; (4) Fundraising and liquidity events; and (5) International business issues.  The remaining sessions of this seminar series are December 18, 2013 and January 8, 15 and 22, 2014.  For more information, please visit  Attendees may attend just a single session in the series or all sessions.


The North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (NC COIN) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation which serves the citizens of North Carolina as a Virtual Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine based businesses, researchers, and institutions. NC COIN is physically headquartered in Greensboro North Carolina at the Gateway Research Park and proximate to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.  For more information, visit

About Shanahan Law Group, PLLC

Shanahan Law Group is a boutique law firm in Raleigh, North Carolina that offers a full range of business and litigation services. The firm’s practice areas include complex business litigation, business formation and exit strategies, banking and financial institutions, licensing and distribution, real estate, secured transactions, agribusiness, employment law, white collar criminal defense, trust and estates and government representation. The firm has offices in downtown Raleigh and North Raleigh. For more information, call (919) 856-9494 or visit

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