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Steven S.

Steven Stark

462 reviews
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.
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Joshua Garber

274 reviews
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.
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Richard G.

Richard Gora

200 reviews
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.
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Joseph L.

Joseph Lesko

34 reviews
Joseph Lesko provides legal advisory services to small to medium sized businesses. He has 20 years of experience and have represented numerous clients, including BioRibbon Health, Sygiene Inc and Motive Interactive. Joseph also has experience in dealing with employment and security related legal matters. He has been the president of Blackcastle Strategies since 2014. Joseph has also worked at Pubs Arena Digital Media and Spritzr.
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Patricia C.

Patricia Crotwell

2 reviews
Patty is a 20 year veteran of the legal profession. She had a proven track record in both private practice and in-house. Her practice areas include contract negotiations, l... read more
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Melissa K.

Melissa Kann

2 reviews
Your California Attorney for Startup, Business, Corporate, Arts, Publishing, and Entertainment Matters Melissa is Of Counsel to Lachman Law, PC, a corporate, technology,... read more
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Samantha C.

Samantha Carnley

2 reviews
Samantha Carnley is an attorney who works with individuals, families and small businesses to protect their assets and plan for the future. Samantha believes that hiring an ... read more
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Peter T.

Peter Tormey

1 review
Pete has over 20 years of experience in product development, marketing, and intellectual property protection. As a company startup veteran, he brings a unique perspective on the value of intellectual property to small and growing business. He has delivered lectures on how to protect and leverage IP assets and is the author of the Startup Guide to Intellectual Property.
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Philip K.

Philip Katz

Philip Katz has extensive experience in all aspects of family law, US immigration law, residential real estate closings, criminal law, and corporate law for small businesses. As a managing member of his firm, he aids both domestic and international clients in legal matters. Mr. Katz is fluent in Japanese and participated in undergraduate work at Kansai University of Foreign Studies.
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Colin W.

Colin Wilhelm

Colin Wilhelm specializes in numerous legal practice areas, including litigation, mediation and appeals. In 2011, Colin obtained a license to practice law in Massachusetts. He is currently an associate attorney at The Barsness Law Firm. Colin also gained experience as an associate at the Law Offices of Iannella and Mummolo, as well as while working as an attorney at Lustig, Glaser & Wilson P.C. Colin received a J.D. in law from the New England School of Law.
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Our experienced Louisville employment attorneys & lawyers can help guide you on how to proceed with various employee decisions such as reviewing employee documents such as contracts, agreements, policies, and handbooks, along with difficult decisions such as firing, lawsuits, claims, and complaints.

Although not every single employment contract will require legal assistance, many employment lawyers would recommend avoiding unilateral employment contracts that strongly benefit one side over the other. These types of employee contracts rarely hold up in court, yet having the funds needed to combat an issue in court can limit the employee’s options.

A confidentiality agreement and a non-compete agreement are common forms of employee contracts that one of our Louisville employment attorneys can help customize for your business. If your business needs to fire an employee, proper measures should be taken from a business legal standpoint to ensure proper communication and a smooth transition of dismissing that employee. In any case, we suggest you connect with our employment attorneys to discuss your options.

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Founders often believe they don't need to worry about compensation, benefits and other employment law issues until the company starts generating revenue or profits. (They think that's when the company will finally hire its first "real" employees.) But founders should figure out their relationship with each other (and the company) at the very beginning of the venture.

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The founder already owns all the shares with reverse vesting and may be forced to sell a specific percentage of them for no profit if the complete vesting period hasn't been finished. Reverse vesting is a term used to define a specific situation where an independent contractor or an employee gets stock that's subject for the company to repurchase at-cost. The right to repurchase lapses the vesting period.

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