Joel Michael Ruffini

Joel Michael Ruffini

Practice areas:

Venture capital, Securities offerings, Corporate and incorporation, Mergers and acquisitions, Limited liability company (LLC)

About me

Joel Ruffini is a passionate advocate for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Philadelphia, representing small businesses, entrepreneurs, and venture investors.

 

Joel advises clients on what the appropriate entity, or entity structure is for their unique circumstances, and advises on how to structure the operating documents to ensure the company has the legal framework in place to contribute to the success of the business. 

 

He also advises on how to fund a new venture whether it is getting a friends and family round of financing, seed financing, convertible debt, angel financing, venture capital financing, crowdfunding, or ‘506(c)’ general solicitation offerings.

Languages spoken: English, Italian

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Fees:

Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Contact info

1500 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19102

Legal cases

  • Outside General Counsel

    Practice Area:
    Corporate and incorporation
    Date:
    Dec 01, 2015
    Outcome:
    Ongoing representations
    Description:
    Act as outside general counsel to multiple tech startups.
  • Venture Capital Financing

    Practice Area:
    Venture capital
    Date:
    Nov 01, 2015
    Outcome:
    Client successfully closed on financing
    Description:
    Venture capital financing for startup client. Negotiation of term sheet, investment documents, counseling on securities law.
  • Commercial Lease Negotiation

    Practice Area:
    Business
    Date:
    Oct 01, 2015
    Outcome:
    Client Successfully closed deal
    Description:
    Assisted client in negotiating commercial lease agreement.
  • Landlord Tenant Dispute

    Practice Area:
    Landlord or tenant
    Date:
    Mar 01, 2015
    Outcome:
    Judgment entered in favor of client
    Description:
    (not available)
  • Startup LLC Formations

    Practice Area:
    Corporate and incorporation
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Outcome:
    Successfully completed representations.
    Description:
    Organized LLCs and compiled various documents needed to go along with the transactions.
  • Website Development Agreement

    Practice Area:
    Contracts and agreements
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Outcome:
    Successfully negotiated key provisions
    Description:
    Assisted client in negotiating a website development agreement for an important contract.
  • Startup LLC Formation

    Practice Area:
    Limited liability company (LLC)
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Outcome:
    Successfully formed company
    Description:
    Assisted company in the formation of an LLC, issuance of equity, vesting agreements, IP assignments, and other formation issues.
  • Minority Member in an LLC

    Practice Area:
    Corporate and incorporation
    Date:
    Dec 01, 2014
    Outcome:
    Successfully negotiated key provisions
    Description:
    Counseled a minority member of an LLC how to avoid oppressive provisions, and suggested alternative structures for the company to use that were more fair and balanced.
  • Startup Company Corporate Restructure

    Practice Area:
    Corporate and incorporation
    Outcome:
    Successfully effected transaction
    Description:
    Drafted operating agreement, equity documents, and vesting provisions for a company in a way that avoided complicated tax issues from occurring.
  • Breach of Contract Litigation

    Practice Area:
    Business
    Outcome:
    Money judgment won for client
    Description:
    Litigation over a breach of contract.
License
State Status Acquired Updated
NJ Active 2015 02/16/2015
PA Active 2014 10/15/2016
Work experience
Title Company name Duration
Associate Baer Crossey McDemus LLC 2016 – Present
Law Clerk Dilworth Paxson, LLP 2014 – 2014
Attorney Ruffini Law LLC 2014 – 2016
Student Attorney Drexel Entrepreneurial Law Clinic 2013 – 2014
Bankruptcy Law Clerk McCabe Weisberg Conway, PC 2013 – 2013
Associations
Association name Position name Duration
YLD Philadelphia Bar Association Executive Committee Member 2015 – Present
Drexel University Kline School of Law Alumni Association Board Member 2014 – Present
Drexel Entrepreneurship Association for Graduates and Alumni Board Member 2012 – Present
Philadelphia Bar Association Member 2011 – Present
Philadelphia Bar Association, Business Law Section Member 2011 – Present
Philadelphia Bar Association, Business Law Section, Securities Regulation Committee Member 2011 – Present
Philadelphia Bar Association, Business Law Section, Small Business Committee Member 2011 – Present
Drexel Business Law Association President 2013 – 2014
Publications
Publication name Title Date
Ruffini Law Blog Accredited Investor Definition 2015
Ruffini Law Blog Reasonable Verification of Accredited Investors 2015
Ruffini Law Blog List of Venture Capital Firms Philadelphia 2015
Ruffini Law Blog Venture Philanthropy 2015
Ruffini Law Blog Startup Securities Laws 2015
Ruffini Law Blog Operating Agreements for Startups 2015
Ruffini Law Blog Filing a LLC online in PA 2015
Education
School name Major Degree Graduated
Drexel University College of Law Business and Entrepreneurship JD – Juris Doctor 2014
University of Minnesota History BA – Bachelor of Arts 2011
University of Minnesota Psychology BS – Bachelor of Science 2011
Speaking engagements
Conference name Title Date
Drexel Small Business Month Legal Costs of Starting Up 2015
Interns, Consultants and Employees: The Costs of Misclassification Interns, Consultants and Employees in Startups 2013

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