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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

333 reviews
Ross Brandborg is an attorney at law with more than 13 years of experience. He has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota and North Dakota. Ross is also a member of the North Dakota Patent Bar. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he obtained after his graduation from the University of North Dakota. He specializes in trademark and copyright law, as well as in patents. Ross founded his own law firm, Brandborg Law, in 2017.
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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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Joshua Garber

285 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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Kco L.

Kco Legal

1 review
Tim Nitsch represents individual inventors and small, midsized and large corporations. He has experience in technology-related industries such as computer software, compute... read more
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Joe B.

Joe Brennan

4 reviews
I am a senior corporate/regulatory/technology attorney, with 15+ years of experience that includes both in-house (General Counsel) and law firm roles. And I have deep exper... read more
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Scott W.

Scott Weisman

2 reviews
Scott Weisman is a business attorney that focuses on transactional law and general business law. He primarily assists companies in the technology industry. Scott has 12 years of experience as a lawyer and is able to assist with intellectual property matters, commercial contracts and business formation matters as well. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Scott has been the principal of his own law office since 2012.
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Mark G.

Mark Grzymala

2 reviews
Attorney Mark Grzymala is the founder of Grzymala Law Office, P.C. His law office focuses on mechanics liens, commercial litigation, corporate law, and construction law. He is dedicated to representing clients who are small business owners, subcontractors, owners, developers, and the like. Attorney Grzymala was raised in small business, so he is able to connect with his clients and he knows exactly what they need and the guidance required. He is also trained in real estate disputes, collection actions, and evictions.
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Steven G.

Steven Gray

2 reviews
I am a trusted legal advisor to a diverse group of clients, which include startup, development stage and middle market companies, financial intermediaries, private equity f... read more
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Jordan F.

Jordan Finfer

Jordan Finfer is best known for his tactful and delicate approach to all business legal matters. Mr. Finfer will tailor and customize all legal strategies with your business in mind. He has a high success rate and has helped yield settlements into the six-figure range for many different cases. Whether you need help trademarking a name or you have questions about employment laws, Attorney Finfer is ready to help you.
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Sean P. P.

Sean P. Patrick, Esq.

Sean P. Patrick, Esq. works as a co-managing partner at Rifkind Patrick LLC. Mr. Patrick is best known for his knowledge of business law and has helped hundreds of clients in regulatory compliance, trade secrets, business law, and product liability cases. Mr. Patrick is an active member of both the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association. In addition to his business law experience, Mr. Patrick worked as a legal clerk at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
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