KYLE WESTAWAY, a social entrepreneur and attorney based in New York City, believes in the power of the market to create a positive social and environmental change. He is a co-founder of Biographe, a sustainable style brand that employs and empowers survivors of the commercial sex trade in Bangkok. Kyle is the Founding Partner of Westaway Law, an innovative law firm that counsels social entrepreneurs.
Westaway Law works with many social entrepreneurs on the leading edge of the movement, including Business Week's Most Promising Social Entrepreneur, TED Fellows, Unreasonable Institute Fellows, Echoing Green Fellows, and Cordes Fellows to navigate the complex legal landscape for companies that seek to blend profit and purpose. The firm counsels clients at every stage of growth from start-up to acquisition.
Mr. Westaway has lectured at Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School’s Social Entrepreneurship courses. His lectures draw from his experience both as a social entrepreneur and as legal counsel to social entrepreneurs, and focus on the emerging legal structures for social entrepreneurs with a specific focus on equipping the next generation of attorneys with the practical skills necessary to build the sector.
Kyle is an emerging thought leader in the nascent field of social enterprise law. He is the founder of Socentlaw.com, the most well-read blog on social enterprise law. He writes for Huffington Post, GOOD, Venture Beat, and Social Earth. Kyle has been featured by We Are NY Tech, Dowser, and Goodness 500 as one of the preeminent attorneys focusing on social enterprise. The Opportunity Collaboration named Kyle a Cordes Fellow.
Kyle is Chairman of the Board for both the Excel Charter School in Brooklyn and The Adventure Project, a nonprofit that seeks to add venture capital to social entrepreneurs in the developing world.
Admitted to practice in New York.