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Lisa T.

Lisa Thorsen

41 reviews
Licensed in California and Texas, Lisa Thorsen focuses on corporate contracts and transactions, trusts and estates, real estate, and startups. She previously worked as an associate attorney at Circuit, McKellogg, Kinney & Ross, LLP for six and a half years and spent the past 3 years in private practice as a solo practitioner. Ms. Thorsen has 8+ years of experience practicing law as a licensed attorney.
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Joseph L.

Joseph Leak

9 reviews
When you have a legal dispute, having an attorney who can both litigate and negotiate deals is an invaluable resource. Joseph Leak has both a litigation and a business practice that extends to individuals, startups, and regional and national businesses. He can deal with issues related to securities, real estate, business entity formation or selection, fundraising, and civil litigation.
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Nicolle M.

Nicolle Muehr

8 reviews
Nicole is a top-rated lawyer who represents businesses in many cases related to employment and business law for clients in Texas and around the country. She began her own firm, Nanasy Muehr, out of a drive to better serve clients without the overhead of larger firms. She is highly rated in the industry with recognition from The American Lawyer Magazine among other organizations.
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Jennifer C.

Jennifer Carroll

5 reviews
Your startup is important to you and Jennifer Carroll will help you fund it and protect it. Ms. Carroll specializes in angel, seed, or Series A round venture financing deals, so she can get your business started on the right foot with a solid financing framework. Ms. Carroll can also help your startup with patent and trademark issues as well as licensing and development agreements.
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Jeffrey L.

Jeffrey Lambert, Esq. Mpa

4 reviews
Representing many different business clients, Jeffrey Lambert has experience in both startups and expansion. He once sat second chair on a case involving $165 million sale of an oilfield services company, as well as leading a three party purchase at the value of $20 million. His experience expands to estate transactions - commercial and residential - and litigation. When it comes to service estates, Jeffrey is familiar with interpreting easements and servitudes.
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Kristin S.

Kristin Scheel Downes

3 reviews
Kristin Scheel has over 12 years of experience in dealing with commercial agreements. She also specializes in employment, business and other commercial legal matters. Kristin is licensed to practice law in Texas. She has received numerous awards, including a Super Lawyer award and a Reverse Pitch Mentor award in 2015. She has worked with Emerson Process Management, Welsh LeBlanc and Brown Sims in the past. Kristin is currently the managing partner at Scheel Legal.
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Dennis J.

Dennis James

3 reviews
Dennis James is a passionate Attorney who has previously worked as a Partner in a large Dallas law firm, as well as a Tokyo law firm. Currently, he lives in Austin, Texas handling matters such as formation, private financing, commercial agreements, governance and technology licensing. He attended SMU and obtained his J.D., as well as his MBA as a Law Review Editor. He also studied Finance with the Indiana University.
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Robert M.

Robert Mckee

2 reviews
Robert Mckee is a business and patent attorney with a primary focus on data privacy law. He is also acquainted with commercial contracts and employment law. Robert has been licensed to practice law in Texas and California. Robert is also a member of the California Patent Bar Association. He has five years’ experience as a lawyer. Robert obtained his legal degree from the University of Houston Law Center. He has been an attorney at Hulsey, PC since August 2016.
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Irma J.

Irma Jacobson

2 reviews
Irma Jacobson is an attorney at law with over five years of experience. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and obtained a Juris Doctorate degree in law after she graduated from the University of Houston. Irma focuses on providing legal assistance to entrepreneurs and start-up companies. She is also skilled in drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts. Irma has been serving as the founding attorney of her own law firm, Jacobson PLLC, since January 2018.
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Michael S.

Michael Smith

6 reviews
Michael’s practice primarily serves small businesses and he deals extensively with complex contract and licensing negotiations, particularly intellectual property licensing. In many cases, he is the general counsel overseeing the legal needs a growing company may have. He has also been involved with dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration, and litigation in state and federal courts.
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