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Joseph Waala

Joseph Waala

Attorney at Law

Bethlehem
Pennsylvania
Licensed in
DC, NY, PA, OH
Georgetown
5.0 5
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About
-Experience and knowledge necessary to handle a broad array of legal and business matters whenever needed, without the expense of having a full-time attorney on staff
-Full range of legal services needed by startups and small businesses, including business formation, trademark registration, advertising, copyright, contract preparation, equity and lender financing, tax and other compliance, business disputes
-High-quality, timely, effective service at low cost
-Expertise incls: business formation, commercial, licensing, financing, corporate governance, credit, energy, intellectual property, real estate, renewable energy, tax
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"There are not enough words to describe my appreciation for Joe's work. We are a bootstrapping startup and had much to learn, had many questions to answer, and we really cared about doing everything right. We wanted to make sure we worked with a lawyer who cared about our success as much as we did. Joe guided us through the multitude of concerns we had for the way we wanted to structure our core business model, making sure what we did was sound and legitimate. He has a natural ability to explain complexities in an amicable, digestible manner. He is extremely thorough with his research and answers, genuinely caring of our unique needs, and he left not a single question unanswered. I have consulted with several lawyers during our search - it was just not the same feeling of comfort and satisfaction as it was working with Joe. I am truly grateful for the luck I had of meeting him here (we continue to work with him for all of our legal needs), and I would recommend Joe and his service in a heartbeat."

Outside General Counsel Services
Posted on Aug 15, 2017
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"Joe showed an exceptional understanding of my business and went out of his way to provide value beyond what was expected. He answered all of my questions, and you could tell he spent a considerable amount of effort getting the job done right. I would highly recommend Joe. "

Review Service Agreement
Posted on Aug 7, 2017
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"When we engaged Joe, we were in the middle of a messy dispute with an investor, we were trying to raise money through equity and convertible notes, and we were dealing with delays and implementation issues with developers for our mobile app. Joe dove in immediately, helping us get the company out of those binds and back on track, drafted all the contracts and documents we needed, and is now advising us going forward on upcoming investor rounds, LLC issues and other corporate projects. As a new business, we have a ton of questions and Joe goes out of his way to explain everything in terms we can understand. We will definitely continue to use Joe as our business grows."

stock and convertible notes, trademarks, LLC formation, and contracts
Posted on Jul 24, 2017
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"As the CFO/COO at SixPlus and the COO at my previous company, I have worked with Joe as our outside counsel for several years and gotten to know him both professionally and personally. Joe is smart, experienced and attentive. He learns our businesses, keeps up to date on what we’re doing, and identifies and weighs legal and other risks while also balancing our business needs. He is timely, efficient, low-cost and also always available when we need him. Joe has provided excellent, strategic legal and business counsel across a range of needs, including obtaining our trademarks, preparing equity and convertible note financings, advising on and documenting our corporate governance needs, and working on potential acquisitions and joint ventures. He has negotiated all of our commercial contracts, including employment and consulting agreements, commercial leases, confidentiality agreements and vendor and customer agreements. He has also advised on business disputes, tax and employment issues, and negotiated our loan facilities. Overall, I highly recommend Joe for almost any legal needs."

Trademark; corporate governance; commercial agreements
Posted on Jul 24, 2017

Work History

Talen Energy Corp.

Assistant General Counsel

Jun 2015 - May 2017

-Responsible for all commercial and IP matters: commodity trading and energy marketing, credit and finance, multi-state retail business, procurement and transportation, copyright, trademark, software licensing, corp. governance
-Managed team of commercial lawyers and other professionals
-Organized, staffed and managed new legal department
-Created and conducted compliance and training programs

Jun 2015 - May 2017

PPL Corporation

Senior Counsel

May 2011 - Jun 2015

-Lead attorney for commodity, energy marketing and trading operations and related credit issues, including structured power transactions, energy management and asset management agreements, master trading agreements, multi-state gas and electric retail business, environmental products, fuel procurement, transportation, and commodity trading compliance
-Also supported supply-chain and IP matters

May 2011 - Jun 2015

Phillips Lytle

Associate

Jan 2008 - Aug 2010

-Concentrated practice in commercial litigation and business disputes, with a focus on contract and warranty claims, employment matters and fraudulent trade practices.
-Also performed significant commercial transactional work on intellectual property matters and real estate.

Jan 2008 - Aug 2010

King & Spalding

Associate

May 2000 - Feb 2007

-Broad-based transactional and tax practice with a focus on M&A, sale/leasebacks, joint ventures, private equity investments, licensing agreements, financing documents, corporate, partnership and LLC formation, and general corporate counseling
-Also supported litigation matters involving securities litigation, commercial and tax disputes

May 2000 - Feb 2007

Baker Hostetler LLP

Associate

Sep 1999 - May 2000

Practiced transactional tax and corporate planning
-Assisted clients with structuring, negotiating and documenting corporate, partnership and LLC formation, M&A and other strategic transactions

Sep 1999 - May 2000

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