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What Can A Startup Lawyer Help You With?

A business startup attorney is crucial when establishing a new enterprise. All businesses are required to comply with government regulations, so a lawyer can be an invaluable resource when it comes to drafting legally-valid agreements, resolving disputes involving ownership and confidentiality, and ensuring tax compliance.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Startup Lawyer In The U.S.?

Small business startup lawyers typically start at $150 to $325 an hour. This can vary depending on a few factors, including the scale of your business and the location that it’s operating within.

How To Find The Best Startup Lawyer

To find the best startup attorney, look for lawyers who specialize in business law. Consider things like the amount of experience they have in dealing with startups, their location and accessibility, their means of communication, what services their fees cover, and their overall pricing.

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You can find a startup business lawyer suited to the needs of your company using platforms like UpCounsel. Browse through top-rated attorneys in your state, who are readily available to help you on an ongoing basis. Click here to easily find & compare the best startup lawyers in your area for free.

FAQs About Startup Lawyers

What Questions Should I Ask A Startup Lawyer?

Some key questions that you should be asking business startup attorneys when considering working with them include:

  • What companies have you worked with in the past?
  • Do you charge a flat fee or an hourly rate?
  • What is the scope of your services?
  • Do you do online appointments?

Why Do Startups Need Lawyers?

Startups can be pretty high-maintenance, and every misstep could cause significant financial loss, with legal repercussions. A startup attorney can provide sound legal advice and guide you through set-up to ensure compliance and prevent liability.

How Much Do Startups Spend On Legal Services?

The amount that startups spend on legal services depends on the size of the law firm they’re working with. The larger the law firm, the more you can expect to pay (due to the greater amount of overhead). Some startups spend upwards of $1,500, with larger companies spending tens of thousands of dollars to cover for legal fees.

Seth W.

Seth Wiener

1200 reviews
As an experienced trial lawyer and litigator, Seth Wiener has resolved numerous federal and state litigations. His cases have included everything from family law to bankruptcy to fraud and more. Before Seth formed his own firm, the Law Office of Seth W. Wiener, he worked for several prominent law offices where he gained a great deal of experience.
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Liz O.

Liz Oliner

1169 reviews
If you want someone who has gone through the trademark process over and over again, look no further than Liz Oliner. She has filed over 300 trademarks in the last year alone and has practically got the process down to a science. Small businesses and entrepreneurs frequently come to Ms. Oliner for their trademark and brand protection needs.
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Geoffrey A.

Geoffrey Amend

787 reviews
Geoffrey Amend has over 21 years of experience as a business attorney. He is licensed to practice law in Kansas. Geoffrey has represented numerous corporate clients, including JungleBee, MomoCentral and APIMATIC. He started his own legal firm in 2013 and was the general counsel at Chelsea Partner before starting his own firm. Geoffrey graduated with a J.D. in law from the Washburn University School of Law in 1995.
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Steven S.

Steven Stark

554 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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Lauri D.

Lauri Donahue

496 reviews
Lauri Donahue has been practicing law for more than 25 years. She advises high-tech, media, and entertainment companies in the U.S., Israel, and the EU on matters including technology licensing, entertainment law, video game law, anti-piracy, antitrust, IP litigation, and patent monetization. Ms. Donahue also trains and manages multi-shore teams and teaches law in the U.S. and overseas.
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Scott S.

Scott Stram

360 reviews
As a member of both the New York and New Jersey Bars, Scott Stram is an accomplished lawyer with experience in a range of legal and business areas. This includes corporate law, data security, compliance, real estate, and intellectual property. Before founding Stram Law, Scott was a compliance officer for a company that performed property audits, a director of a security consulting practice, and an operations officer for Viacom and CBS.
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Neil G.

Neil Gandhi

322 reviews
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 since December 2015, as well as the managing attorney at his own legal office since January 2014.
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Sue D.

Sue Dunbar

267 reviews
Go with Sue Dunbar if you want a big law firm experience with a small law firm cost. Sue's experience working at Robins Kaplan LLP and serving as special counsel to Senator Joseph Dunn has landed her big-name clients like BestBuy, Time Warner Cable, and Yahoo!. Currently, Ms. Dunbar specializes in knowledge about confidentiality and privacy laws regarding sensitive trade secrets.
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Jake S.

Jake Siciliano

221 reviews
Jake graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he focused on international trademark and corporate law. As of 2022, he has obtained his L.L.M. in Financial Compli... read more
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David Y.

David Yamaguchi

219 reviews
Startups and small businesses sometimes need someone who can deal with complex transactions on an international playing field. David Yamaguchi specializes in content hosting issues and intellectual property. He concentrates his practice in the United States, Asia, India, and Europe. Whether you are a business giant or a startup, Mr. Yamaguchi can provide legal advice that fits your needs.
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