Career Tools | LAWYERS and DONUTS

Regardless of whether you are an in-house designer or work for yourself as an independent designer, you’re going to run into legal questions. These questions can touch on everything from intellectual property concerns, payment disputes, and hiring complexities, to contracts and project management. Many designers find it difficult to even define what their legal questions might be, and the perceived cost of legal services can be intimidating.

This AIGA Portland Career Tools event is your opportunity to informally sit down with a handful of friendly and knowledgeable attorneys to gain a better understanding of the legal issues that impact designers and best practices for resolving disputes and protecting the interests of your business. Because this is a public event, the attorneys won’t be able to provide personalized legal advice, but they will be ready and eager to help you better understand the law and how it impacts your design practice.

This Career Tools is geared towards:

  • Designers, Creative Industry Managers, and Principals

  • Individuals who are creating products, content, and programs for the marketplace

  • Hiring Managers, Project Managers, Fiscal Managers, and Team Leaders

Join other Portland designers and AIGA members for an engaging and informative breakfast and roundtable discussions to compare notes on your business challenges and successes, and get your legal questions answered by professionals who are Design-Informed (and very friendly!).

Snag your ticket now and join us Friday morning, February 1, 2019 from 8:30–10:00 a.m. We will greet you with coffee and donuts at the handsome new offices of 52 Limited in NE Portland. This event is open to AIGA members as well as non-members. See you there!


(PLEASE NOTE: Though our esteemed panel of legal experts are eager to help you in what ways they can, within the context of this event they are limited to offer perspective and context regarding laws and common legal precedents. Specific legal representation would be outside of this event, which would require a separate engagement with counsel. )


About the speakers:

Katie Lane is an attorney and negotiation coach who helps creative professionals protect their rights and get paid fairly for the work they do. You can read more about her work on her blog, Work Made For Hire. She’s @_katie_lane on Twitter, and @contractnerd on Instagram.

Bryan Wasetis is an arts and entertainment attorney at Aspect Law Group and on the board of directors of the Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. You can follow Bryan @bwasetis and Aspect @aspectlg.

Josh Barrett is an attorney and partner at Matchstick (formerly CreateLegal) where he provides business law advice for leading agencies, studios, and independent professionals across creative and technical disciplines. Client-focused and detail-oriented, Josh is always looking for opportunities to help clients up their legal game. You can follow Josh @pdxbarrett and Matchstick @Matchsticklegal.

What is Career Tools?

Career Tools is a breakfast series presented every quarter. It provides the Portland design community with practical and truly helpful information like developing client relationships, public speaking and presentation skills, managing your studio or freelancing business, and adopting new practices and process to deliver projects across any channel, including print, digital, interactive and video. Career Tools provides information you can take away and implement immediately to improve your company, career, and community.

Event Sponsors:

52 Limited is a digital resource company connecting creative + technology talent with leading brands, marketing and engineering departments, start-ups, design firms, advertising, and interactive agencies. 52 Limited began as Portland's only locally-owned creative staffing agency and now serves some of the world's most recognizable and forward-thinking companies in Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco.

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When & Where
Fri, Feb 1, 2019 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM PST
52 Limited
135 NE 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97232