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Event TALK – Episode 26: Top Legal Tips for Meeting and Event Planners

Brian Burt
Posted: February 17, 2015 at 7:41 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Brian J. Burt, Partner & Chair of Emerging Business Group with Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix, Arizona joins Event TALK to share top legal tips for meeting and event planners.

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Listen to Eric Dye & guest Brian J. Burt discuss the following:

  • When should event and meeting planners reach out to an attorney when planning a particular event?
  • What information will you typically need to gather to properly advise them?
  • Planners are required to deal with a variety of third parties when planning an event (e.g., venue owner, event sponsor, vendors, etc.) – are the legal issues the same for each of those relationships?
  • What are the top legal issues planners should focus on as they work with those parties in preparing to plan and host an event?

Duration: 20:24

Brian J. Burt is a Partner with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., and serves as Chair of the firm’s Emerging Business Group.

Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm, with over 400 attorneys practicing in nine offices throughout the western United States and Mexico.

Brian is a business lawyer advising entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies in all stages of development, from formation to liquidity. He also represents banks, financial services companies, private investors, and venture capital funds.

He has extensive experience in corporate formation, reorganization and governance; private equity and debt financing; shareholder/owner relations, buyouts and disputes; employment and consulting agreements; employee incentive programs; general contract negotiation; supplier/manufacturing agreements; securities regulation; technology transfer and licensing; joint ventures and strategic alliances; fund formation; cloud computing; corporate asset protection and succession planning; and mergers and acquisitions.

Brian represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including banking and financial services, biotechnology, capital investment, consumer products and services, education, entertainment/media, healthcare, high tech, Internet, manufacturing, marketing/public relations, medical device, nutraceuticals, outdoor, professional services, real estate  development, renewable energy, and software and information technology.

He is very active in Phoenix’s entrepreneurial and investment ecosystems.  He has served on the Executive Committee for Invest Southwest since 2009 and as its Selection Committee Chair (2013-2014) and Mentor Teams Chair (2009-2013).  He participates in Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Arizona, Accelerator Arizona, and as a mentor and speaker for the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation, ASU’s Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator, and the Thunderbird Global Entrepreneurship Incubator.  He helped form the Thunderbird Angel Network, and is a co-founder of the Westside Institution for Startup and Emerging Companies and the Arizona Collaboratory.

Brian is the creator and host of the popular Emerging Business Seminar Series held monthly in Phoenix, as well as the firm’s Emerging Business Blog.

Having previously founded, raised capital for, and run his own company, Brian brings a “real world” perspective to his practice.

Brian received his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, summa cum laude, from Allegheny College, where he was class valedictorian and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.

You can reach Brian J. Burt at: (602) 382-6317 &

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