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USF’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator Welcomes Hutchison PLLC

May 22, 2017

New Incubator tenant delivers innovative legal and strategic counsel to established and emerging companies

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TAMPA, Fla. – Hutchison PLLC, a boutique firm providing strategic legal and business advice to the innovation ecosystem, has joined USF’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI). The firm is focused on using the law to deliver business solutions for its clients.

Founded in 1996, Hutchison represents emerging and growing technology and life sciences companies of all sizes from inception through exit, along with the investors that finance them. The firm has offices in Raleigh, NC, Gainesville, FL, and Atlanta, with clients across the country and around the world.

“Our goal is to help our clients succeed with an array of strategic legal counsel, advice, and networking,” said Justyn Kasierski, a member of Hutchison's management committee. “We strive to provide practical business solutions to our customers, and our passion and focus on the innovation and venture communities allows us to be more efficient and effective than the large general practice firms.”

Hutchison delivers strategic advice and counsel in the areas of general corporate, venture capital and private equity financing, intellectual property protection, licensing and corporate partnering, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, benefits and compensation, securities law, tax, and regulatory compliance.

The Hutchison team that will primarily be working with the TBTI incubator program are Justyn Kasierski, Dan Fuchs, Robb Giddings, and Scott Merrell. The team brings depth and experience in law, technology and business.

As part of the TBTI incubator program, Hutchison will have access to facilities, scientific equipment, and Incubator programming.

"Joining the TBTI allows firms like Hutchison to be involved with a lively and engaged entrepreneurial community environment that exists at USF and the surrounding area,” said Valerie Landrio McDevitt, associate vice president for technology transfer and business partnerships.

“We are so pleased to be part of the USF TBTI program,” said Robb Giddings who leads the Hutchison Florida office. “The networking opportunities provided by the Incubator will further connect us with and allow us to better serve the USF and greater Tampa innovation ecosystem.”

For more information about Hutchison PLLC, please visit or @hutchlaw.


About Hutchison PLLC

Hutchison is a boutique law firm that embraces the entrepreneurial spirit and steers technology and life sciences entrepreneurs to success through all stages of their company’s life. Hutchison partners with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial-minded organizations to enable business solutions that make the law work for them, and advises angel investors and venture capital firms to support their investment selections to maximize their potential for success. Hutchison takes the time to learn your business and understand what’s behind the deal.

About the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator

The University of South Florida's Tampa Bay Technology Incubator (TBTI) is one vehicle through which USF CONNECT grows successful companies. TBTI supports technology research as a catalyst for economic development and advocates the creation and development of facilities for high-technology companies and related support functions. USF CONNECT focuses on the needs of Tampa Bay's technology and bio/life sciences entrepreneurs throughout the business life cycle, providing the facilities, partners, and resources for successful business development. USF CONNECT offers access to technologies, workforce programs, technology commercialization, critical research equipment, and incubator facilities, adding value and delivering targeted, high level expertise to its member businesses.

About the University of South Florida

The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is ranked in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.