The Experts in Residence program offers valuable opportunities for future entrepreneurs to meet established professionals one-on-one to discuss business ideas, seek advice or simply have a conversation about starting and growing a business. Four 30-minute individual slots are available for business owners.
Professor Harper is the supervising attorney for the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic in the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent. Here she represents entrepreneurs in transactional matters common to growth companies, including but not limited to choice of entity and entity formation, contract review and drafting, corporate governance issues, review of leases, researching legal issues as appropriate, and trademark searches and filing.
Before joining the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 2012, Professor Harper was a legal adviser to two local start-ups—a venture-backed company in the payments industry and an internet retailer that was number 94 on the Inc. 500 in 2009. Professor Harper advised these businesses on transactional matters, including drafting and reviewing service agreements, vendor contracts, purchase and sale agreements, and leases. She also counseled these companies on entity formation, marketing practices, and trademark issues.