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Seth W.

Seth Wiener

1217 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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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

577 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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Scott S.

Scott Stram

390 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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Jake S.

Jake Siciliano

252 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

235 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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Mario N.

Mario Naim

225 reviews
Mario's firm focuses on serving growth companies throughout the venture capital life cycle from startups to public companies. The firm provides services related to business law, specifically corporate, securities, business combinations and commercial transactions. He has also helped foreign clients in the acquisitions of businesses in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
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Alisha B.

Alisha Bond

203 reviews
-Received a BS in Communications in 2005, JD from Mississippi College School of Law in 2009, and MBA from University of Maryland in 2016. -Results driven and experienced a... 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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Glenn M.

Glenn Manishin

161 reviews
Glenn Manishin is the managing partner at Paradigmshift Law LLP and founded the law firm in 2015. The focus of his law firm lies within Internet technology and business law. Attorney Manishin has a mission in place to help clients and companies find creative and efficient ways for their business models to navigate through legal and regulatory barriers. Attorney Manishin has worked with top companies including Sports Fans Coalition, Inc., Consumer Federation of America, and more.
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Michael W.

Michael Wieser

152 reviews
I am dedicated to working with startup entrepreneurs and early stage growth companies to provide legal stability and scalability for growing enterprises. What sets me apart... read more
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Conor T.

Conor Teevan

151 reviews
Top-tier talent shouldn’t have to come with a top-tier fee. This is why Conor Teevan combines his top-tier expertise (Yale undergrad, Stanford Law) with affordability. Conor has represented Silicon Valley startups, real estate investors, artists creating companies, and even a child author in need of a book deal. Conor himself started a real estate company with holdings in five states.
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Paul S.

Paul Spitz

141 reviews
With an MBA in marketing from Indiana University, Paul Spitz offers business experience and legal expertise to companies ranging from startups to midsize organizations. He specializes in the areas of technology, marketing, e-commerce, and digital media. Unlike attorneys at large law firms, Mr. Spitz is able to provide affordable services in counseling, representation, and negotiation.
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Neil P.

Neil Park

138 reviews
Neil Park is well-equipped in Private Practice - with over 7 years of experience acting as outside General Counsel for many of his business clients. For the past two years, Neil has been working as Counsel for an Intellectual Property boutique. His practice areas include Intellectual Property Counseling, Trademark Prosecution, Licensing, Trade Secret Management and Strategy, Business Transactions, Corporate Law and Regulatory Compliance. He attended Loyola Law School.
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Brig R.

Brig Ricks

134 reviews
I am a senior executive and strategic legal adviser with 19 years of experience providing legal services in international environments. I am a general counsel who can advis... read more
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Grant M.

Grant Maynard

127 reviews
Grant represents high-growth companies in all aspects of formation, financing, and intellectual property issues. He has previously done general corporate, intellectual, and real estate work at Nebraska's oldest law firm before transitioning to a more virtual lifestyle. As an entrepreneur himself, he understands the need to balance legal and business interests.
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Jonathan S.

Jonathan Savar

120 reviews
In addition to being a skilled business lawyer, Jonathan Savar is highly experienced in investment banking. He handles strategic transactions, financings, and contracts for individuals, startups, and middle-market companies. Mr. Savar offers every one of his clients individualized attention to provide efficient, cost-effective services.
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Baruch G.

Baruch Gottesman

117 reviews
Baruch Gottesman is a corporate attorney with over a decade of experience. He is licensed to practice law in both New Jersey and New York. Baruch obtained his J.D. degree in law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. He is skilled in providing legal assistance to startup companies, with exceptional experience in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. Baruch founded his own law firm in January 2010.
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Bob S.

Bob Schrader, Esq.

97 reviews
Bob Schrader is an attorney at law who has been practicing law for over three decades. He has been licensed to practice law in Florida. Bob received his J.D. in law from the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center. He primarily specializes in assisting small businesses and startups with their legal matters. Bob also specializes in immigration law. He founded his own legal firm in June 2007.
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Katie C.

Katie Centolella

85 reviews
Our firm, Pact Legal, consists of Founding Partners Katie Centolella and Brent Xavier, as well as a team of associates and support staff. We serve as general counsel to ent... read more
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Stacy D.

Stacy Dees

81 reviews
Stacy Dees has over 15 years of in-house legal counsel experience that she brings to every legal task she performs. Her solution-oriented approach focuses on the problem so you don't have to. She can deal with contract review, debt or equity transactions, acquisitions, licensing, and more. Whether you are a large company or just getting started, Ms. Dees can help with your legal needs.
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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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Thomas L.

Thomas Love

70 reviews
Holder of seven patents, Thomas Love has a work history spanning from a partnership in a major firm (specializing in international corporate finance) to working at a number of startups, including in software, global supply chain, and online education. Today, Mr. Love represents clients worldwide and has provided his services to non-profits in theater, women’s empowerment, medical education, and more.
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Dean S.

Dean Sage

66 reviews
Dean Sage is an attorney at law with over seven years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his legal degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Dean is experienced in dealing with legal matters related to real estate law, tax law and business formation. He is also skilled in legal research and writing, as well as drafting and negotiating commercial contracts.
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Brandon P.

Brandon Pittard

59 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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Rhea D.

Rhea De Aenlle

59 reviews
Rhea de Aenlle is a business-savvy attorney with extensive experience in Privacy & Data Security (CIPP/US, CIPP/E), GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, FERPA, Intellectual Property, and... read more
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Sam G.

Sam Goldstein

56 reviews
Bankruptcy Consultant for Businesses/Individuals considering Chapter 7, 11, or 13 filings, handling both consultation and representation. Small Business professional exp... read more
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Ali S.

Ali Shalchi

54 reviews
Ali brings a diverse range of experience gained from practice at major law firms (e.g. Paul Hastings LLP) and as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 tech company (Illumina I... read more
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Erin H.

Erin Hudson

44 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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Carmelo C.

Carmelo Chimera

39 reviews
10 years ago, I graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, and since then I've practiced at some of the world's largest law firms. I've also been a business owner... read more
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Ahaji A.

Ahaji Amos

35 reviews
Ahaji Amos has over 18 years of experience as a corporate attorney. She focuses on providing legal assistance to entrepreneurs and businesses in the startup stage, with exceptional experience in trademark and copyright law, as well as in dealing with patents. Ahaji is licensed to practice law in Texas, North Carolina and Missouri. She is also a member of the Texas Patent Bar. Ahaji has been an associate attorney at Poyner Spruill since February 2012.
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Mario M.

Mario Milano

31 reviews
Mario Milano is a highly accomplished and sought-after attorney specializing in intellectual property, business formation, and contracts. With an unwavering commitment to e... read more
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Drew S.

Drew Stokesbary

29 reviews
Drew Stokesbary is a corporate lawyer that primarily specializes in providing legal assistance to startup companies. He has been licensed to practice law in Washington for the past four years. Drew received a legal degree after he graduated from the Notre Dame Law School. He specializes in legal cases related to securities and finances, as well as labor and employment law. In July 2015, Drew founded a law boutique, Stokesbary PPLC, where he now acts as a managing member.
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Jon B.

Jon Bourne

28 reviews
Experienced on-demand general counsel for small to mid-size companies not yet ready for full-time general counsel. Proven ability to provide pragmatic advice in plain Engli... read more
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John R.

John Ray

28 reviews
John is the Principal of the Ray Legal Consulting Group and has over 12 years of complex class action litigation and appellate experience. He has special expertise in discrimination, First Amendment, and intellectual property/media litigation. John also takes on civil rights cases for individual clients, which can have a significant impact on the rights of women, racial minorities, and other groups.
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Daniel W.

Daniel Weberman

28 reviews
I am an experienced New York Attorney pleased to offer my services to clients who are seeking assistance with startup consulting and/or business related legal work. My expe... read more
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Sean L.

Sean Lowe

26 reviews
Sean is a tenacious business attorney who graduated at the top of his class from UCLA School of Law. He started his law career by working for a federal judge and a supreme ... read more
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Neil F.

Neil Fridman

23 reviews
I enjoy advising companies and identifying solutions to complex business and legal problems. My intimate knowledge of corporate/real estate law, investment banking, and pri... read more
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John Allen W.

John Allen Waldrop

23 reviews
Waldrop & Colvin is a Virginia based law firm with premier talent delivering a boutique experience. We serve national clients in various industries with locations world... read more
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Alexander N.

Alexander Nahai

23 reviews
Proud to be in the 98th percentile of attorneys on UpCounsel! Having graduated from the USC Gould School of Law in 2013, and having overseen over $1.2 billion in transactio... read more
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Chrystan C.

Chrystan Carlton

23 reviews
Chrystan Carlton launched her legal career with a to unlock the path to entrepreneurship and social enterprise. With her rich blend of negotiation, financial, and legal pro... read more
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Stephan H.

Stephan Holmquist

19 reviews
Served as transactional and litigation counsel to clients ranging from start-ups to government entities to publicly traded, Fortune 50 companies. Served as outside genera... read more
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Ryan A. W.

Ryan A. Woods

16 reviews
Ryan Woods is both a business attorney and an entrepreneur, with years of experience behind him as a successful online business owner. Ryan was recently licensed to practice law in California. He is experienced in all areas related to starting a new business, with a particular focus on labor and employment law, as well as securities and finances. He has been the CFO and a general counselor at Tinsel App Holdings Inc. since March 2015.
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Niq H.

Niq Howard

16 reviews
I want your business to succeed as much as you do, which is why I help create strategies and solutions that fit the unique needs of you and your Intellectual Property. Work... read more
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Rondesse Legal P.

Rondesse Legal Pllc

16 reviews
Our firm, Rondesse Legal, is more than just a group of lawyers; we're a close-knit team of legal enthusiasts, each with our unique journey and shared to deliver outstanding... read more
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Outside Legal Counsel L.

Outside Legal Counsel Llp

14 reviews
What sets us apart from others in our industry is the level of personalized attention and care we put into building relationships with clients. We pride ourselves in gettin... read more
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Kenneth G.

Kenneth Gray

6 reviews
Kenneth Gray, Jr. works as a managing partner at Alliance Law Firm International PLLC. He works specifically in estate planning, tax matters, venture capital journeys, and natural resources. His clients include both small and medium sized companies. He has over 10 years of experience to bring to the table and previously held a position in a private equity company, where he learned a lot of finance and uses that knowledge to help his clients.
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Kevin M.

Kevin Mccusker

1 review
With a PhD in physics and a degree in computer engineering, Kevin McCusker applies his knowledge of electrical engineering and physics-related technology to IP matters in a... read more
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Carl S.

Carl Sollee

Carl Sollee is a business lawyer with many years of experience and has worked with clients in technology, software, healthcare, real estate, and retail industries. Prior to... read more
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Devin M.

Devin Miller

I'm an IP & Business - Focused On Startups | Small Businesses | Garage Inventors | Side Hustles | Solopreneurs - I have 11+ years of experience helping clients w/: *... read more
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Why Hire a Startup Lawyer?

When you start a new business in Birmingham, Alabama, you face a number of different legal requirements on state, local, and federal levels. You will also have to make decisions about whether you want to raise money from investors, incorporate your business, and protect yourself and any other partners in the startup.

For many startup companies, cash flow is limited, which may restrict you from hiring a startup lawyer. But some attorneys in the Birmingham area offer flat-rate or discounted pricing to startups, helping them get started with the necessary legal steps to register as a business in the state of Alabama, file for an employer identification number (EIN) with the IRS before hiring employees, and work out contract agreements with potential investors.

Hiring a startup lawyer can help you avoid legal issues that could end up costing a lot more than the initial fees charged by the attorney. One of the most common problems faced by new business owners is understanding compliance laws. Even one violation can lead to serious penalties and fines, which could bankrupt a new business in a short time.

When you have other members or partners within the startup, it's crucial to have a well-drafted agreement to protect all owners. Although you might get along with one another as you get started in running the business, you may have disagreements or not see eye-to-eye about operations in the future. With a clear understanding of the options and hierarchy of the startup, you can avoid nasty legal disputes while protecting the interests of the business.

Your startup might also need assistance from an experienced lawyer to hire new employees, obtain trademarks or patents on your intellectual property, negotiate contracts with customers and sellers, raise capital from investors, and decide how to incorporate to benefit the business. It's helpful to have an attorney available to make sure your company is in compliance with tax laws since these tend to get complicated when accepting investments.

How to Find the Best Startup Lawyer

There are many top lawyers throughout Birmingham, but not every lawyer specializes in business law. Even those who do understand employment and business laws might not be as helpful for a new startup company since many lawyers work with businesses that are further along in the process.

When you look for the best lawyer for your startup, ask questions that will help you get a feel for the attorney's style of practicing law, such as whether he or she takes a more laid-back approach or is reactive to situations, as well as preferred communication methods and how quickly you can expect to hear back. One of the complaints that startup owners have is feeling like it's difficult to get a response back from the attorney they've hired. Even the first contact to a lawyer can help you get an idea of how quickly he or she will respond since most law firms will follow up the same day or within 24 business hours to schedule an appointment.

As you search for the best lawyer for your company, it's important to feel comfortable with his or her personality. You will work closely with the lawyer on a variety of issues and tasks, and some will relate to selling equity and investing in your company. You want to make sure that you can fully trust your attorney to have the best interests of the company and its partners at stake when helping you make decisions.

To find a startup lawyer, start by performing some research online. You can read reviews from past and current clients, along with practice specialty information so you don't waste time calling lawyers who don't focus on business law. If you know of any other startup company owners in the area, ask for recommendations for legal support. You can also view the Alabama State Bar Association website to make sure that all of the lawyers you are looking into are still in good standing.

Questions for a Startup Lawyer

  • What area of law do you focus your practice on?
  • Can you describe your past experience in working with startups?
  • Do you have enough time to take on a new startup client?
  • How long have you been practicing law in Alabama?
  • Will you handle the legal needs of our company, or will we work with someone else in your firm?
  • Have you worked with other companies in my industry?
  • How do you communicate with clients — email, phone, etc.?
  • How quickly can I expect to hear back from you?
  • How do you bill startup companies — hourly or flat-rate pricing?
  • Can you provide any discounted services for my startup?
  • Have you ever helped a client secure funding from investors?

With the right startup attorney, you can focus on growing your Birmingham-based business while your lawyer takes on the legal issues and concerns.

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