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Winter Quarter 2013 Entrepreneurship Seminar Series

Featuring C. Craig Carlson and Yuri Mikulka

Attorneys at Law

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Free and open to the public


C. Craig Carlson specializes in emerging and growth companies. He is a co-founder of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth. Mr. Carlson's primary area of practice is corporate and securities. He has extensive experience with respect to private and public financings (both debt and equity), strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, corporate securities matters, and general corporate and business representation.

Since 1975, Mr. Carlson has represented numerous private and public companies in a diverse array of industries, including computer, software, telecommunications, electronics, biomedical and biopharmaceutical, health care services, financial and title services, food, and various consumer products and services. He has lectured at and participated in numerous seminars and speaking engagements on topics related to legal issues facing emerging and growth companies, including primarily private and public financing. 

He earned his B.S and J.D. and from the University of Southern California.


Yuri Mikulka is Chair of the Intellectual Property Department of Stradling. She leads high-stakes litigation for domestic and multi-national companies in cases involving patent infringement, trademark infringement, antitrust violations, and complex commercial litigation. She has successfully tried cases and has prevailed in matters pre-trial, including obtaining a summary judgment for defendant in a significant patent infringement action and obtaining a nine figure jury verdict for Fortune 1000 companies. She represents companies in a wide range of industries and technologies, including in media streaming technology, wireless communications, medical devices, semiconductor technology, ROM chips, consumer electronics, e-commerce, green technology, automotive, and defense systems.

Ms. Mikulka frequently lectures on litigation strategy, intellectual property litigation, and ethics, at CLE conferences for ABA, Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, NAPABA, and as a guest lecturer at University of Chicago Law School. Her legal commentaries and articles have been published in the Corporate Counsel Magazine, Docket Magazine of the ACC, LA Daily Journal, Litigation Magazine, and In-House Litigator.

She earned her B.A. from University of California, Irvine and her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.

The Entrepreneurship Seminar Series provides a real-world introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship.  Through a series of presentations by prestigious entrepreneurs and industry leaders, participants will explore the various organizational, strategic and financial challenges facing successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs.  Topics include start-up strategies, business idea evaluation, business plan writing, and introduction to venture capital.

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