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Steven S.

Steven Stark

579 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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Jake Siciliano

259 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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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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Charlton M.

Charlton Messer

77 reviews
Currently an Attorney with his own Law Firm, Charlton Messer provides in-house and General Counsel services for startups, as well as medium-sized businesses. His experience also includes Estate Planning for Business Owners. He can form entities for all types of clients - from LLCs to S-corps to partnerships. In 2014, Charlton graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law with his J.D. He has also obtained his B.S.B.A. in Economics from the Oklahoma State University.
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Brandon P.

Brandon Pittard

64 reviews
I've spent the majority of my legal career in house at various companies, and know how to balance legal risk against the needs of a business. As legal counsel at several di... read more
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Erin H.

Erin Hudson

49 reviews
Erin graduated magna cum law from Baylor Law School, clerked for a federal judge, cut her teeth at an AmLaw 200 firm, and spent over a decade representing businesses in com... read more
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Darryl S.

Darryl Shaper

4 reviews
My mission is to help small businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals get legal services for fair and reasonable prices. Wherever possible, I offer flat/fixed fees rather t... read more
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Jeremy S.

Jeremy Sanders

Jeremy Sanders represents both corporate and individual clients in a variety of matters, including civil litigation, corporate transactions, entity formations and restructu... read more
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Jarad D.

Jarad Dickinson

I am currently an owner and principal at my own firm which was started in 2008 by David Dickinson, I started at that time as a clerk, and then became an associate attorney ... read more
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John A.

John Absher

I graduated from Harvard in 2006. Between college and law school I managed my family's retail businesses and commercial real estate. I approach legal questions from the per... read more
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