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Steven S.

Steven Stark

317 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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Richard G.

Richard Gora

172 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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Joshua G.

Joshua Garber

222 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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Alisha L.

Alisha Louie

Alisha is the principal of Louie Employment Law. After years of counseling Fortune 500 companies, Silicon Valley start-ups and small businesses, Alisha dedicates her practice solely to advising and counseling individual employees on a variety of employment matters. She is particularly experienced with handling matters for executive-level employees who work in a broad-range of industries.
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Scott C.

Scott Christiansen

Scott Christiansen has practiced law for nearly 20 years and has an array of experience when it comes to handling complex business transactions. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked for a major firm in Dallas and was also General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Lehman Brothers and Neuberger Berman.
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Sanjiv D.

Sanjiv Dhawan

26 reviews
Sanjiv Dhawan is the managing attorney at InnovaTech Law Group based in Santa Clara, California. He focuses primarily on general corporate and business law. InnovaTech emerged when Sanjiv decided to start his own practice, seeing a need for uncomplicated, inexpensive legal advice. An entrepreneur himself with several startups under his belt, Sanjiv understands the needs of business owners.
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Kevin P. M.

Kevin P. Miller, Esq.

2 reviews
Kevin P. Miller is a general counsel that specializes in IP, Entertainment and New Media legal cases. He is also experienced in business law. Kevin has worked with companies such as Milan Entertainment and MuteUnMute. He currently operates his own law firm and works as a general counselor at Rythmia Group. In 2007, Kevin completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of Oregon School of Law. He is also a member of the State Bar of California and the Beverly Hills Bar Associations.
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Jeffrey H.

Jeffrey Head

Jeffrey Head offers corporate clients legal assistance with business formation and operations, as well as real estate matters, commercial contracts and general lawsuits. He is registered at the Real Estate Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. Jeffrey has also worked on legal cases at CATIC Title Insurance. He is currently the owner and the main attorney at RE/MAX Advantage I. Jeffrey also ran his own law firm between 2004 and 2006.
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Melanie K.

Melanie Kiser

Melanie is a business/commercial litigation attorney with expertise in antitrust, intellectual property, FCC regulation, and general commercial law. She has five years expe... read more
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Linda A.

Linda Awkard

2 reviews
Linda Awkard has a sum total of 37 years of experience in the legal world. Helping a variety of corporations, businesses, as well as individuals. She represents both international and national clients. Her main focus area is in contract law, including negotiation and dispute resolution. She has done legal work for corporations, start up and micro-businesses, trade associations, partnerships, high net worth individuals and more. Awkard studied with Fordham University Law School in New York City.
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Why Should My Company Hire a Startup Attorney?

How well you grow as a company depends on how you approach the early days. You don't want to become a statistic, one of the many companies that fail during the first two years.

As one of the founders, you'll have little free time already. You don't want to waste it figuring out legal documents you barely understand. A startup attorney can offer a guiding hand. They'll also have experience with other businesses like your own. You can draw on this knowledge to improve your chances of success.

What Can a Startup Lawyer Do for a New Business?

An experienced startup lawyer offers a lot of value. They will:

Add Networking Opportunities: Whether your new business needs money or customers, lawyers have a network of former and current clients they know. They can connect you with established businesses that will help you secure your company's future.

Set Up Your Company: Whether you choose to incorporate or set up a business by yourself, a startup attorney can file the right paperwork. They'll advise you on the best way to register your services with the government, protecting your immediate and long-term interests.

Handle the Paperwork: During your early days, you'll sign contracts with customers. You'll hire new employees. You may even negotiate deals with business partners. All of these instances involve some paperwork.

Since you lack experience in this area, you run the risk of using the wrong documents or agreeing to something that you didn't intend. An attorney will handle the paperwork for you, saving you a lot of aggravation.

Offer Guidance on Hiring: The government has rules in place for proper hiring practices. The conditions vary depending on the size of your startup. You'll need legal advice to know who you can and cannot hire.

Once you have workers on the payroll, you also need to provide a list of rules for them. A lawyer can offer a checklist of guidelines. You can use them as the backbone of an employee handbook.

Protect Your Ideas: During its early days, your business might invent a new product or create a process. When you make something original, you should own it. Unless you know the details of copyright and trademark law, you run the risk of someone stealing your best ideas.

A startup attorney can offer advice on how to protect your intellectual properties (IPs). Just as importantly, they can also teach you how to avoid infringing on the IPs of others. A single encounter with a patent troll could bankrupt your company. That's why legal advice in this area is crucial.

Which Questions Should I Ask a Startup Lawyer?

You'll want to check for references just like you would when hiring anyone else. You also need to protect yourself against overbilling. Viewabill is an online service that tracks this statistic. The data suggests that lawyers overbill clients by 23 percent. To avoid the issue, clarify billing terms and services in advance.

You should also find out whether the lawyer will charge by the hour or by the project. Ask if they offer discounts or payment plans for startups. Since you'll have little excess cash on hand in the early days of the company, try to work out a payment schedule. It'll improve your chances for long-term success.

Other questions you should ask include:

  • How much experience do you have as a lawyer?
  • How much experience do you have with startups?
  • How much experience do you have in advising on trademarks, copyrights, and infringement?
  • Are you the point person at your firm or will I deal with other employees?
  • If others will also work with the startup, how many of them are lawyers as opposed to people who haven't passed the bar exam?
  • In case of emergency, will I talk to you or to them?
  • How quick are you and the rest of your firm with responses?
  • How many clients do you have and can you reasonably add more to your workload?

How to Find the Best Startup Lawyer in Cincinnati, Ohio

You should create a checklist of traits for your attorney. You obviously need someone who has passed the bar exam offered by the Office of Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court of Ohio. An attorney who hasn't passed the bar cannot offer legal advice in the state. To make sure an attorney is legal, contact the Office of Bar Admissions to verify their claim.

You also want an attorney who has no outstanding complaints. Any unhappy customer can register their complaint with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Ohio. An attorney with multiple complaints isn't someone you should hire under any circumstance. Even a single complaint should worry you enough to explore other options. You must trust your attorney since their advice is critical to the success of your startup.

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