Rise of the Machines: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls of App Development

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 91 minutes
Recorded Date: September 26, 2019
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  • Avoiding Legal Pitfalls of App Development
  • App Development: Commercial Licensing
  • Tax Issues in App Development
  • Privacy Law for Mobile Apps
Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
Recorded: September 26, 2019


Internet-connected devices and smartphones are the preferred methods of banking, shopping, and socializing for some. With the increased use, this new market has provided an array of opportunities for start-ups and new business ventures for budding technologists. Attorneys who represent clients in this field should be prepared for both business-related issues and those involving intellectual property. This program will provide practical advice for those seeking more information on agreements, intellectual property, taxes, and privacy.

This program was recorded on September 26th, 2019.

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American Bar Association


Stephanie Quinones

Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, PA

Stephanie Quinones is a shareholder in the firm's Corporate and Technology & Entrepreneurial Companies practices.

Stephanie regularly counsels entrepreneurs and in-house counsel on business contracting, technology, intellectual property (IP) licensing, Internet/social media and privacy issues. Additionally, Stephanie's practice focuses on providing general strategic advice to businesses in all stages of the business cycle, including drafting and negotiating a broad array of commercial agreements and assisting emerging growth and entrepreneurial companies raise capital. She is also a part of Gunster’s International Concierge team that provides families and individuals the range of legal services needed to transition to the U.S., including immigration, international tax and estate planning, corporate, real estate and international dispute resolution advice and counsel.

Roger A. Royse

Founding Attorney
Royse Law Firm, PC

Roger Royse, the founder of the Royse Law Firm, works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries. Roger regularly advises on complex tax structuring, high stakes business negotiations, and large international financial transactions.

Roger is the author of Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup and sits on the boards of advisers and mentors several funds, accelerators and tech companies and takes an active role in the strategic planning decisions of his clients. Roger has been a participating instructor of corporate law for the Center for International Studies (Salzburg Austria) and is an adjunct Professor of Taxation (Property Transactions and International Taxation) for Golden Gate University School of Law. Roger is the founder of the philanthropic organization “Team Motion to Dismiss Cancer” which conducted high profile auctions of meetings with venture capitalists to raise money for charity and has been recognized for his efforts on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by being named the 2012 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Man of the Year.

Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, has a “ 10.0 Superb” rating from Avvo.

Lyric Kaplan

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC

Ms. Kaplan advises domestic and international clients on an array of privacy, cybersecurity and technology matters involving the collection, use, analysis, storage, and monetization of data. She works with clients to create scalable and sustainable privacy and data security programs and policies to overcome compliance hurdles presented by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and many sector specific privacy laws. She also regularly negotiates and drafts master services agreements, data processing addendums, vendor contracts, SaaS agreements, privacy policies and terms of use.

Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Ms. Kaplan received her Master of Laws (LLM) in Privacy and Cybersecurity from Loyola Law School, was outside counsel for Universal Music Group and an associate at Sittler Law Group and Jay Kaplan & Associates. Her practice has included complex federal and state court trials related to copyright infringement, breach of contract, misrepresentation, and fraud. She has represented film financiers, producers, foreign sales agents, professional athletes, and trademark owners, during transactions and throughout litigation.

Ms. Kaplan is Secretary of the Privacy and Cybersecurity section of the Los Angeles Country Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in California and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Arina Shulga

Adjunct Professor of Law
Fordham University School of Law

Arina Shulga is a corporate and securities attorney with experience representing startups in corporate formation and capital raising transactions; issuers in private and public securities offerings, software licensing and a variety of contracts; angel investors and VC funds in making investments; crowdfunding portals; investment managers in their setup and investment fund formation; and participants in the digital asset economy. Ms. Shulga is a corporate and securities law partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.

Prior to joining MSK, Ms. Shulga co-founded Ross & Shulga PLLC and a predecessor firm Shulga Law Firm PC. Ms. Shulga began her legal career as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she represented a wide range of clients, from individuals and startups to the Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries, including financial services, banking, technology, fashion, entertainment, and health care.

Ms. Shulga is active in the New York City startup community and is a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. She is a native Russian speaker.

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