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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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Neil Gandhi

326 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 ComicsVerse.com since December 2015, as well as the managing attorney at his own legal office since January 2014.
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Jake S.

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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Eric A.

Eric Alspaugh

65 reviews
Intellectual property is a very unique area of the law the requires specialized attorneys who have additional training and education. For the complicated area of medicine and medical devices, the IP complexity often increases. Eric B. Alspaugh serves as medical device general counsel or patent counsel for several businesses, a qualification that very few attorneys can boast. His expertise is invaluable to these complicated business ventures.
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Rebecca L.

Rebecca London

64 reviews
Currently the General Counsel for Civic Center Law Group, Rebecca London has 17 years worth of experience practicing law. She has spent some time in the business and environmental departments of law firms such as Procopio Cory Hargreaves and Savitch, LLP. Her specialties are in assisting small businesses with legal issues - some of which include commercial contracts, intellectual property management and trademarks. She attained her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.
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Nathan W.

Nathan Wenk

11 reviews
Nathan Wenk concentrates his practice on helping startups and small businesses realize their goals by providing targeted and efficient legal advice and agreements. No proje... 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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Jennifer N.

Jennifer Newton

Over a span of fifteen years, Jennifer Newton has served as a trusted advisor to clients and businesses of all types, ranging from burgeoning startups to established multin... read more
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Heather B.

Heather Batzel

Heather founded Batzel Law PLLC in 2013, a law firm focused on providing entrepreneurs with legal counsel during the full life cycle of their companies in the areas of corp... read more
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