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Bernthal, Brad

Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship


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research overview

  • Brad's research examines startups and the organization of innovation. His current research examines financial instruments used in entrepreneurship. Past work studied investment accelerators, an entity that supports entrepreneurs and startups, with an emphasis on mentorship. Prior to that, Brad examined the organization of the Federal Communications Commission.


  • financial instruments, accelerator, investment accelerators, relationship between organizational forms and innovation, entrepreneurial law, venture capital, emerging contractual forms, angel investment, entrepreneurial finance, network governance, structures for collaboration, transactional law, administrative process, revenue based financing


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courses taught

  • ATLS 5519 - Advanced Special Topics in Technology, Arts, and Media
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Analyzes special interest areas of multidisciplinary technology, arts and media research and practice. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours for different topics.
  • CYBR 5830 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
    Current topics in Telecommunications. Formerly TLEN 5830.
  • LAWS 6211 - Corporations
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Covers formation of corporations and their management; relations among shareholders, officers and directors; the impact of federal legislation on directors' duties; the special problems of closed corporations.
  • LAWS 7019 - Advanced Clinical Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Enables a clinical student an optional 1-3 credits to complete advanced legal work in the Clinical Education Program. Course must follow enrollment in an existing clinical offering already successfully completed. Permission of the appropriate clinical faculty member required. For each credit taken, a clinical student must complete a minimum of 50 hours of legal work, all of which shall be graded pass/graded. A clinical student may complete 1-3 credits of work over the course of no more than two semesters. A clinical student may earn no more than 3 credits total over the student's law school career.
  • LAWS 7271 - Venture Capital and Private Equity
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2023
    Provides overview of the legal and financial principles to represent privately held companies, their founders and managers and their investors. Emphasizes transaction structuring rather than judicial opinions. Includes the organization and financing of start-ups, structuring buyout transactions, exit strategies, legal organization of investment funds and other financial intermediaries. Discusses the relevant regulatory landscape, including securities law, bankruptcy, ERISA and tax law.
  • LAWS 7409 - Legal Negotiation
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2024
    Explores the fundamentals of effective negotiation techniques and policies for lawyers. Students engage in mock negotiations of several legal disputes.
  • LAWS 7619 - Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Provides law students with practical experience in transactional law while offering valuable legal services without charge to local startup businesses lacking access to legal resources. Enrollment priority is given to third year law students. The ELC professor may set forth additional requirements to ensure that students are qualified to provide services to ELC clients.
  • TLEN 5830 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Current topics in Telecommunications. Formerly TLEN 5830.


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