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Neil G.

Neil Gandhi Licensed in NJ, NY

Neil Ghandhi has 12 years of experience as a corporate attorney. He is licensed to practice law in both New York and New Jersey. Neil received his legal degree from the Fordham University School of Law. Neil is experienced in securities and finances, and often assists startup companies overcome legal obstacles. He has been the chief legal officer at ComicsVerse.com since December 2015, as well as the managing attorney at his own legal office since January 2014.
21 reviews
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Michael S.

Michael Sukhman Licensed in NY

Michael has been practicing commercial and corporate law for over 20 years and operates his practice Frankel Sukhman LLP. He previously worked with two of the country’s leading firms and currently focuses on three areas: representing private investment funds and individual investors, helping start-ups and emerging companies raise capital, and counseling new and established businesses.
21 reviews
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Andrea L.

Andrea Lee Licensed in NJ, NY

Andrea Lee is an attorney at law with over seven years of experience. She primarily specializes in providing legal assistance to startup companies, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Andrea is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She obtained her legal degree from the New York Law School. Andrea is skilled in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. She is currently a managing attorney at Lee Dantzler LLP.
16 reviews
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Tiffany D.

Tiffany Donaldson Licensed in DC, MD, NY

Tiffany is an experienced trademark, small business and employment attorney. In the past she has done legal work for companies such as COSA and Goldman & Goldman, P.A. She is now the founding attorney of Donaldson Legal Counseling PLLC. Specializing in areas involving commercial law and business compliance. Graduating from University of Miami School of Law with a JD, Tiffany appeared on the Dean's list three times. She also received several scholarships and an Outstanding Achievement.
15 reviews
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Gary R.

Gary Ross Licensed in DC, GA, NY

Gary J. Ross founded Jackson Ross PLLC, a firm of five lawyers, in 2013. A business law attorney, Gary’s background is in legal and compliance with a focus on investors, startups, and VC private equity funds. Though he feels confident that he can resolve your legal matters because of his wealth of experience, he also has an established network of attorneys he can reach out to.
14 reviews
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Eric G.

Eric Goldman Licensed in NY

For over 20 years, Eric has provided legal services to Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award-winning talent in addition to technology and internet entrepreneurs. His clients thrive in careers that transcend the employer-employee model of wealth creation. In order to help his clients better transition in an innovation economy, he has expanded his services to include mediation and coaching.
12 reviews
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Patricia Y.

Patricia Yak Licensed in CT, NY

Patricia Yak specializes in security law and has over 30 years of experience in dealing with transactional, e-commerce and regulatory legal issues. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut. Patricia has represented CreditSuisse, Nomura Securities and the Royal Bank of Scotland. She is currently the deputy general counsel at Ahmherst Pierpont Securities. Patricia also gained experience while she was the director at Credit Suisse between 2002 and 2009.
11 reviews
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Ted A.

Ted Amley Licensed in NY

Ted is the Vice President & Assistant General Counsel for the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. His work is guided by his core values of competence and honesty. After finishing at Yale Law School, Ted worked as an Associate for Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP and later as an attorney for SNR Denton. He is committed to advocating effectively for his clients.
10 reviews
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Meredith S.

Meredith Simpson Licensed in NY

Meredith Simpson is a corporate law attorney with more than 23 years of experience. She primarily assists companies in the technology, entertainment, digital media and advertising industries. Meredith has represented Prehype, Taboola, Comedy Central and many other corporate bodies. She has extensive experience in trademark law and commercial contracts, and works with businesses of any size. Meredith has been the principal of her own legal firm since June 2010.
7 reviews
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Laura N.

Laura Neish Licensed in NY

Laura Neish specializes in advising small- and medium-sized enterprises on contract and employment matters such as disputes between companies and their high-level executives. She also represents corporations and non-profits under investigation, in litigation, and in regulatory matters. Formerly a Partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, Laura opened her practice on Wall Street in 2014.
6 reviews
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