If you are an early stage startup, it can often be challenging to navigate some of the legal process behind forming and growing your company. Many of our members come to HQ in search of help with the legal side of registering their business, hiring new employees, paying with equity, negotiating investment and other additional needs. 


HQ already has some incredible legal partners such as Wyrick Robbins, Hutchinson Law, Smith Anderson, Fourscore LawFallone SV and more. But this year we are excited to announce the next advancement in available services for HQ members who cannot afford traditional legal service:  The Innovate Capital Business Law Clinic at Campbell Law School – in Partnership with HQ Raleigh. 


The Business Law Clinic (or BLC) will allow upper-level law students, under the supervision of licensed business attorneys, to address a wide range of business and legal issues faced by individuals, small businesses and other early-stage organizations. The founders of Innovate Capital Law, Jim Verdonik and Benji Jones, will serve as the inaugural clinic co-directors. 


Who does the BLC support?


The Business Law Clinic will support clients of all types including start-ups and emerging-growth companies who are members of HQ Raleigh, student- and faculty-led entrepreneurial ventures at Campbell University, as well as other-profit entrepreneurs that are part of the greater Triangle ecosystem. Students in the clinic will work directly with clients on a wide range of legal issues including business entity formation, financing, intellectual property protection, tax and regulatory matters, employment law and other operational topics. 

“Campbell Law’s startup counsel program helps bridge classroom learning and the hands-on practice of law,” said Business Law Clinic Co-Director Benji Jones. “With a mission to lend a hand as entrepreneurs navigate initial lifecycles and solve real world legal problems, we look forward to the day the ‘next big thing’ emerges from our collaboration.”


All legal services are provided free of charge to clients that cannot otherwise afford private representation. Those wishing to receive the services should complete an online questionnaire and complete an intake interview conducted with the Business Law Clinic.  


BLC and HQ 


The Law Clinic will be housed directly out of HQ Raleigh’s Warehouse location and will work hand in hand with other legal service providers in the community. The initiative will also provide support to other programs such as the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic. The clinic will open in January 2020, but HQ members and others can already apply for assistance online after completing the quick questionnaire. 


HQ is thrilled to bring this clinic to HQ Raleigh and add such an incredible resource for our members. “The clinic provides a valuable resource for HQ’s members, as well as Raleigh’s entrepreneurial community by providing legal services to early stage entrepreneurs. It further supports our mission to foster inclusive communities of entrepreneurs who create lasting social and economic impact,” said Jason Widen, HQ Raleigh’s Founding Partners.  

Next Steps

If you are an HQ member and do not need pro-bono full legal services, but just have a one off question or need to hire an attorney, we still encourage you to attend monthly pro-bono office hours with Wyrick Robbins or connect with one of our other legal partners. Also, if you are interested in working alongside powerful entrepreneurs we would love for you to come tour with us. We have available office suites at any of our four Raleigh locations, along with open co-working space. Let’s book a tour today!