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Samuel Asher Effron

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Sam’s practice focuses on venture capital and other private securities transactions, counseling start-ups and emerging growth companies, funds and crowdfunding platforms. Sam is heavily involved in the start-up community in New York and regularly advises and mentors young companies and entrepreneurs regarding the legal and business issues that they face, and speaks at many of the local accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces.

Sam is a co-editor of MintzEdge, an online resource for entrepreneurs that includes useful tools and information for starting and growing a company, and is the co-editor of MintzTech Connect, Mintz’s periodic newsletter on "all things technology" in the legal and business world.

Sam has provided counsel to a diverse range of public and private companies, in a variety of industries, including video gaming, music, virtual and augmented reality, consumer electronics, media, e-commerce, biotech, software and high technology, and financial services. Sam’s pro bono experience includes assisting asylum seekers apply for permanent asylum in the United States, representing not-for-profit clients to obtain federal tax-exempt status and providing legal services to victims of domestic abuse.

Prior to joining Mintz, Sam worked in the film and television industry on productions shot in and around New York City. He later served as a project manager at an online marketing and strategy agency, where he led a team of designers, writers, and programmers to create websites for clients including musician Sting. Subsequent to his agency work, Sam was the third employee of a start-up specializing in liquidation of technology assets for downsizing dot-com companies.

During law school, Sam was a staff member of the Cardozo Law Review and worked as an intern at the legal departments of This Is That Films and DC Comics.

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD)
  • Wesleyan University (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • New York Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Securities & Corporate Finance (2011 – 2017)

Involvement

  • Guest Lecturer, High-Growth Corporate Transactions, Cornell Law School at Cornell Tech

Recent Insights

News & Press

Viewpoints

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Formation 101: Founder Stock and Vesting

July 8, 2020 | Video | By Sebastian E. Lucier, Samuel Asher Effron

In the second installment of Mintz’s multi-part series addressing common questions relating to establishing a new enterprise, Sam Effron and Sebastian Lucier discuss the issuance of shares to the founders, the mechanics and reasoning behind vesting and some important tax consequences relating to share issuances.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News — Spotlight on XENDEE

June 25, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

XENDEE is the most awarded Microgrid platform, and is the standard solution for Worley, the largest energy, chemicals and resources engineering services company in the world. The United States Department of Defense has recently selected XENDEE as its standard platform for the design of resilient Microgrids by all branches and services.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News — June 2020

June 25, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

In Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird, the protagonist Atticus Finch tells his son: “One never really understands a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”. Unless you take the time to stand in another person’s shoes and see the world from that person’s perspective, we really don’t process very well what others may be saying or feeling. In this challenging time of a global pandemic and national outrage for systemic social injustices, we urge all of our readers to listen (truly listen) to your colleagues and try to understand better what it is like to be in another person’s shoes. Black Lives Matter and it is up to all of us to listen, support each other, and to see how we can make this world better. We have assembled a list of books that may help deepen that understanding and encourage us all to work diligently to build the equitable world we all want for ourselves and our fellow citizens.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News — April 2020

April 21, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This edition of MintzTech Connect features articles on the Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program and the pros and forms of different forms of business entities.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News — January 2020

January 27, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue of MintzTech Connect includes tax guidance on the treatment of virtual currencies, a “how-to” for writing gender-neutral agreements, and a podcast on the basics of venture debt.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events — January 2020

January 27, 2020 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Learn about upcoming events for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and the tech community.
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MintzEdge 101: FDA for Start-Ups

January 14, 2020 | Podcast | By Samuel Asher Effron, Benjamin Zegarelli

In this episode of MintzEdge’s From the Edge podcast, Sam Effron speaks with Ben Zegarelli of Mintz about considerations for new medical device, pharmaceutical, or other health regulated start-ups and strategies for how to prepare for FDA oversight.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News — October 2019

October 15, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue of TechConnect covers common Equity Incentive Plan mistakes and profiles event data analytics company Vivastream and Gas It Up, a start-up focused on mobile gasoline delivery.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events — October 2019

October 15, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech upcoming events - October 2019
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - July 2019

July 18, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This month’s industry newsletter features an article on California’s Consumer Privacy Act, a Q&A with NYC incubator RLab, and a spotlight on LA’s type:A — a new company focused on health care brands.
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News & Press

Fourteen Mintz attorneys have been named New York Super Lawyers for 2017 and thirteen have been named New York Rising Stars. New York Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers with the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievements.  
Mintz has elevated five attorneys to Members of the firm. “These attorneys consistently demonstrate excellence in the delivery of legal services to the firm’s clients,” said Bob Bodian, Managing Member.
Sam Effron, an emerging companies attorney, authored a post on VC Experts Blog tracking the filings for crowdfunding on Form C made with the SEC since May 2016 when Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) went into effect.
Sixteen Mintz attorneys have been named New York Super Lawyers for 2016 and twelve have been named New York Rising Stars. The list will be published in a special advertising supplement in The New York Times Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition.
Daniel DeWolf, Co-chair of Mintz’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies and Technology Practices, and Associates Sam Effron and Rachel Gholston, authored this VC Experts Blog piece providing a clear overview of the best practices businesses can implement when using electronic signatures.
Sam Effron, a New York-based emerging companies attorney, is quoted in this New York Times article discussing new crowdfunding rules that will allow essentially anyone, not just professional investors, to have a stake in entrepreneurs of their choosing.
Thirteen attorneys from Mintz have been named New York Super Lawyers for 2014 and eleven have been named New York Rising Stars. The list will be published in a special advertising supplement in The New York Times Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition.

Events

Speaker
Jul
30
2019

TechGC Roundtable

San Francisco, CA

Speaker
Apr
10
2019

TechGC Roundtable

New York, NY

Speaker
Mar
27
2019

Lunch and Learn at JLABS @ NYC

JLABS @ NYC, 101 6th Ave, New York, NY

Speaker
Mar
15
2018

Legal Clinic

NYC MediaLabs

Speaker
Aug
2
2017

New York Business Clinic: Finance, Funding & Legal

Cleantech Open Northeast

New York, NY

Moderator
Aug
2
2017

New York Business Clinic: Finance, Funding & Legal

Cleantech Open Northeast

New York, NY

Speaker
Mar
17
2017

Corporate Formation Workshop

NYC Media Lab

New York, NY

Panelist
Sep
13
2016