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Steven Stark Business Lawyer for Boston, MA

For over 30 years, Steven Stark has offered counsel to non-profit organizations and private companies. He has a passion for helping small businesses in particular since he himself started several businesses of his own in New York and Florida. He understands the importance of small businesses having a reliable attorney to advise them about legal matters from their inception.
228 reviews

Richard Gora Business Lawyer for Boston, MA

Looking for an attorney with experience? Richard Gora is the exact attorney you want. Having defended over 100 cases both in state and federal courts and working with clients from around the globe, Richard has an array of different experiences. His services are wide-ranging and include business litigation, securities litigations, employment litigation, and business counsel. Prior to founding Gora LLC, he worked for Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP for eight years.
151 reviews

Joshua Garber Business Lawyer for Boston, MA

Representing notable clients like Tesla and the City of Los Angeles, Josh Garber excels at helping clients with employment and labor laws. Many of his past clients have had great success using Josh for employment agreements and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) hearings. With his practical advice, he has even helped clients avoid going to court.
166 reviews

James Cormier Business Lawyer for Boston, MA

James Cormier is an attorney at law with over nine years of experience. He mainly focuses on assisting startup companies and entrepreneurs with their legal issues. James has extensive experience in commercial contracts, trademark and copyrights, as well as in real estate legal practice areas. He has represented Crack Apps and InnLinkr, as well as numerous other corporate clients. James recently became the principal attorney at BeaconLegal LLC.
4 reviews

L Stephen Mccready Business Lawyer for Boston, MA

Stephen McReady is a general business attorney who has been providing legal services to numerous corporate clients, including IBM, Polycom and Raytheon, for the past 36 years. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and received his J.D. in law from Boston University School of Law. Stephen has exceptional experience in contract negotiation, employment law and intellectual property related legal practice areas. He founded Puritan Faust in 2001.
2 reviews

James Jones Business Lawyer for Boston, MA

James a digital age lawyer for entrepreneurs. His practice is centered on fulfilling the needs of the entrepreneur, small business owner, and startup community. He can provide legal representation to clients who are launching their first business, seeking advice for future planning, or ready to expand. James' background as a teacher has helped him break down complex legal concepts for clients.
19 reviews

Timothy Angley Business Lawyer for Boston, MA

Timothy founded Angley & Angley in the year 2012. He previously worked as a Contract Attorney for Beacon Hill Staffing Group, where he handled the document review for plaintiffs firm. Timothy also served as a Staff Attorney for Howrey Simon Arnold & White. His focus areas include commercial and residential real estate, land use, zoning and corporate formation and governance. In 1999, he graduated with his J.D. from The Suffolk University Law School. He also obtained his B.A. in Art History.

Adam Hopkins Business Lawyer for Boston, MA

Adam concentrates his practice on providing high-quality legal services on a variety of areas including corporate law, business transactions, estate planning, and residential real estate. He is a regular contributor to many industry-focused blogs and online journals. Before establishing his firm, AHopLaw, he practiced as an attorney for mid-size firms in Boston and worked for a company in DC.

Brian Wells Business Lawyer for Boston, MA

Brian Wells is both an intellectual property advisor and a trial lawyer. He has over a decade of experience. Brian often deals with legal cases related to trademark and copyright law, as well as patents. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and is also a member of the Massachusetts Patent Bar. Brian received his J.D. in law from the Boston College Law School. He founded his own legal firm, Well P.C. in March 2017.

Sean Carnathan Business Lawyer for Boston, MA

Sean Carnathan is a business attorney with more than 20 years’ experience. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. Sean specializes in all legal matters related to business law, with exceptional experience in labor and employment law, as well as in securities and finances. Sean has a J.D. in law, which he received from the University of Maine School of Law. He has been a partner at O’Connot, Carnathan and Mack since February 2004.
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"Startup Counsel for App"
Boston, MA
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