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Joshua G.

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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Ross Brandborg

172 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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Usman S.

Usman Shaikh

19 reviews
Founder and managing attorney of U.S. Law Group, Usman Shaikh is also the executive vice president of business and legal affairs at UG Strategies. Beyond providing corporate, entertainment, and intellectual property transactional services for businesses across a range of sectors, Mr Shaikh shares his insight and experience through publications on the U.S. Law Group News website.
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Desarie G.

Desarie Green

3 reviews
Desarie Green is a corporate law specialist who provides legal assistance to businesses in California. She has more than nine years of experience. Desarie obtained her J.D. in law from the Western State University College of Law in 2006. She has extensive experience in dealing with legal matters related to commercial contracts, business formation and general business operations. Desarie has gained experience during the past few years as an in-house counsel, compliance officer and attorney.
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Christopher N.

Christopher Noel

Christopher Noel is an attorney at law who has more than three years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and received his Juris Doctorate degree in law from the University of Miami. Christopher has experience in various corporate legal practice areas. He often represents start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, but has also worked with Fortune 50 companies. Christopher has been serving as an attorney at Gordon & Rees since September 2015.
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Sebastian Z.

Sebastian Zar

Sebastian Zar is a music professional and attorney serving the needs of young talent in the New York City area and beyond. Sebastian handles mostly transactional entertainment and music law matters including licensing, copyright, and business formation. Sebastian is a former artist manager and also assisted with the day-to-day management of recording artist Jared Evan.
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Adrian R.

Adrian Resendez

Adrian Resendez is an attorney at law who has recently been licensed to practice law in Texas. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Texas A&M School of Law. Adrian specializes in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. He is also experienced in immigration law, as well as labor and employment law. In January 2016, Adrian founded the Resendez Law Firm, where he now acts as the owner and principal attorney.
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Daniel P.

Daniel Phelan

Admissions New York United States District Court, Eastern District of New York United States District Court, Southern District of New York Awards Dr. Max Reich Award for E... read more
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There are four common areas of intellectual property, which all protect different things such as: copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Additionally, licensing is a popular enough specialization of IP that warrants mentioning.

Our Marshalltown IP attorneys that specialize in licensing can help you draft contracts that grant permission to another party to do something with an otherwise protected work or product. A license can grant the right to reproduce the work by: distributed copy of the work to others by rental, sale, or lease, or preparing derivative works using protected expression from the original work, and/or displaying the work.

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