Startup Bootcamp arrives at Ave Maria Law School in Naples


Fort Myers, FL, October 30, 2021 – ( – Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA, is pleased to announce that intellectual property attorney Luca Hickman and commercial and tax attorney Matthew Brust will be leading the Startup Bootcamp at Ave Maria Law School in Naples, Florida. The event will take place on November 16, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available for in-person and virtual participation. This course is designed to give entrepreneurs the basic legal knowledge to start a business, protect it, and learn the best way to get financing for a startup. Visit for more information.

Ave Maria School of Law CEO and Dean John Czarnetzky will open the event by sharing notable updates on the school’s Business Institute. Hickman will present the first session, “What should I do to protect my idea and my business?” “Brust will follow by helping participants understand” What is the best business structure for my business? To conclude, Hickman will host a panel of reputable experts to assist participants on “How do I get funding?” The panelists are: Timothy J. Cartwright, Partner at Fifth Avenue Family Office, Chairman and Co-Founder at Tamiami Angel Funds, LLC, and General Partner at Adrenaline Venture Fund; Blake M. Cathey, Chief Operating Officer of Accanito Capital Group; and Dan H. Vo, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship at Florida Gulf Coast University

Hickman is an expert in intellectual property law certified by the Florida Bar Board and a licensed patent attorney. He has experience working on leading commercial and contractual matters, including multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions involving publicly traded companies and celebrities. He assists his clients in the creation and management of intellectual property portfolios, trademark licensing and anti-counterfeiting issues, including in-depth anti-counterfeiting work, as well as the creation and supervision of portfolios of global brands. With an engineering and legal background, Hickman understands both the underlying technical and legal issues facing his entrepreneur clients.

Hickman sits on the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Diocese of Venice, is Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Lee County Bar Association, and a member of the Catholic Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degrees from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (with First Class Honors) and the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences, and earned his Major de Promotion and Class 1 diploma from the Faculty of right Ave Maria. Hickman can be reached at or by phone at 239-344-1307.

Brust focuses his practice in corporate operations and organizational planning, mergers and acquisitions, and federal and state taxation. His tax advisory practice includes working with business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups, explaining the most tax efficient methods to implement their business needs and goals, then guiding them to the best result. possible legal for their unique situation. Brust regularly handles mergers, acquisitions and other complex multi-million dollar business transactions in Southwest Florida. With his strategic and creative advice, he often helps clients save hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. Brust is also a blogger and recently discussed “What is an LLC and why do I need one?” In an article that went viral. Brust received his undergraduate degree from Weber International University, his JD from the Florida Coastal School of Law, cum laude, and his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, generally ranked among the top three LL.M. programs nationwide. He can be reached at or by phone at 239.344.1147.

Henderson Franklin is one of the largest local law firms between Tampa and Miami with nearly 60 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, and estate law. family, business and civil litigation, eminent field, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, labor law, real estate law, and land use and environmental law. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Sarasota by appointment. For more information on IP Group or Henderson Franklin, please visit


Nancy I. Romero

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