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May 2019
May 08, 2019

Warner Partners with WMed Innovation Center for Lunch-and-Learn Series

Law Firm to Provide Practical Business Counsel for Technology Entrepreneurs

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP is partnering with the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Innovation Center for a lunch-and-learn series designed to help technology startups be more successful in business.

The lunch-and-learn series will feature three different events throughout 2019 that focus on topics critical for business startups. Warner thought leaders in capital formation, venture capital, intellectual property, labor and employment, executive compensation, tax and other practice areas will lead each session.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with the WMed Innovation Center and build relationships with entrepreneurs in the Kalamazoo community,” said Joscelyn Cekola Boucher, executive partner for Warner’s Kalamazoo office. “WMed Innovation Center is a valuable resource in the Kalamazoo community. We encourage entrepreneurs to come learn from our experienced team as they look to launch their new ventures.” 
The three sessions will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the WMed Innovation Center, 4717 Campus Drive, on the following dates:
  • May 22: The Important Role of Business Boards: Strategic Considerations Regarding Directors vs. Advisors and Oversight Opportunities
  • June 19: IP: Overview of Process, Purpose and Protecting Your Intellectual Property, with Chuck Burpee
  • Sept. 12: Legacy & Longevity: Instruments for Preserving Wealth and Preparing for Liquidation Events, with Sara Nicholson
“These lunch-and-learns give businesses the opportunity to receive education on some important skills that aren’t always well known, such as preserving wealth and preparing for liquidation,” said Sara Nicholson, an estate and tax-planning attorney who specializes in planning with retirement assets for individuals and families. “Our goal is to aid the WMed Innovation Center in its mission to help new and expanding businesses thrive through business coaching and thought leadership.”
The WMed Innovation Center is designed to provide the support necessary for success to technology entrepreneurs in the earliest stages of development. The Innovation Center provides shared working space and thousands of square feet of dedicated laboratory and office space, allowing early stage technology companies to find the right kind of support at the right cost.
Since opening its Kalamazoo office in 2013, Warner has expanded its presence and now has 18 attorneys practicing in the market.
“The Warner entrepreneurial lunch-and-learn series was very well received last year,” said Sandra Cochrane, assistant dean of the WMed Innovation Center. “The Innovation Center is honored to work alongside partners and sponsors like Warner to continue providing specialized education and training to Southwest Michigan’s entrepreneurial community.”
All events are free, but advance registration is required. For more information or to register to attend an event, please visit
About Warner Norcross + Judd
By providing discerning and proactive legal advice, Warner Norcross + Judd builds a better partnership with its clients. Warner is a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout Michigan: Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Southfield, Midland, Macomb County, Muskegon, Lansing and Holland. To learn more, visit, follow us on Twitter @WNJLLP or connect on LinkedIn.
About the WMed Innovations Center
Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the WMed Innovation Center is the place to start and grow a life science, technology, or engineering venture. The 69,000-square-foot, purpose-built incubator and co-working space was created to support the earliest startups to maturing companies with subsidized, low-cost laboratory, office and conference space, high-quality scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services. For more information, visit
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