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Steven S.

Steven Stark

265 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

155 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

193 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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Frank T.

Frank Tobolsky

2 reviews
Frank Tobolsky is a business and real estate attorney with over three decades’ worth of experience. He has been licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and received his Juris Doctorate degree in law after he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his experience in dealing with legal matters that involve real estate law, Frank is also skilled in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. Frank founded his own legal practice in March 1992.
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Joseph H.

Joseph Haeggquist

Jo serves as Director of Civil Litigation at Dau & Haeggquist in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Beaumont, Texas. His main areas of practice include construction law, corporate law, business law, personal injury law, civil trials, arbitration, mediation, and local counsel services. He was recognized as a “Rising Star” in the San Antonio legal community by S.A. Scene Magazine.
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Tim B.

Tim Bukher

18 reviews
Tim Bukher is an accomplished corporate and tech lawyer who is also a seasoned Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competitor. Tim's ability to navigate internet and intellectual property law has gotten him recognized by Thomas Reuters's SuperLawyer magazine as a Rising Star for 3 years in a row. Tim is also an avid tech law blogger and often writes about internet freedom and net neutrality.
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George N.

George Naggiar

Naggiar focuses all his energy and experience on startups. He is the director of his own law firm- The StartUp Team. He worked as a corporate lawyer in the New York offices of King & Spalding LLP. His advice to founders and investors is on matters relating to formation, governance, equity issuance and distribution, employment and investment. Attaining his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, George got his education in law after he had graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers College
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Joseph Z.

Joseph Zoccali

2 reviews
Joseph Zoccali is a New York-based attorney who specializes in advising companies, especially startups, on legal matters in the media, software, technology, real estate, and entertainment industries. Joseph holds a J.D. from New York Law School, as well as a B.A. in economics from Brandeis University.
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Austin B.

Austin Bosarge

Austin Borsarge is a registered patent attorney and real estate broker in California. He also works in corporate law, intellectual property, and transactions. Previously, he was the president and CEO of a mortgage technology company and he has experience working with startups. Austin holds a J.D., cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and also has a degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech.
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Brent G.

Brent Granado

Brent Grando, the Managing Partner of the law firm Granado Corporate Counsel, APC (GCC), previously worked in the LA City Attorney's Office, a national defense firm, an international corp transaction/litigation firm, and a nationally recognized firm. His specialties include M&A, corporate transactions, real estate transactions and other legal matters, but most of his experience falls under foreign and domestic business transactions. Brent obtained his J.D. from the Whittier Law School.
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Why Hire a Startup Lawyer?

When starting a new company, most founders have only a shoestring budget to work with. The idea is there, but there's no steady stream of cash to help your business grow. Because of this, you may think you can get by without hiring a startup lawyer, but you'd be mistaken.

Now is not the time to take shortcuts! Yes, lawyers can be expensive, but you're more likely to achieve success when consulting an attorney every step of the way. Startup attorneys in Detroit, Michigan, can address a number of common concerns that get your company off on the right foot.

  • Founders collaboration agreements. If you're starting your company with a colleague as co-founders, your lawyer will need to draw up a founder collaboration agreement. This document sets the framework for complex business relationships and lays out expectations of both parties.
  • Incorporation. In addition to agreements, your attorney will help you navigate other legal documents, including incorporation forms. The best startup lawyer can also suggest which type of incorporation is best for your small business.
  • Task completion. Small business lawyers complete specific tasks such as reviewing lease documents, trademarking your startup name or logo, preparing forms, and discussing legal structures, which frees you from learning about the legal process so you can focus on other aspects of the business.
  • Employment agreements. You need a dedicated staff to make your dream a success. Top startup lawyers draw up employment and contract agreements and advise you during the hiring process.
  • Payment setup. It's essential to set up payments for your employees, which can be difficult when you don't have any revenue yet. Your lawyer can help guide you through the process of securing venture capital - or seed money - so you can prevent lawsuits or claims against you early in the process.

Before hiring any lawyer, make sure he or she is a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and/or the State Bar of Michigan.

How to Find the Best Startup Lawyer in Detroit

Although there is no such thing as "startup law" specialization in law school, many business and small business attorneys have gained enough experience with startups to assist you with your company's needs. When meeting with an attorney, ask how much experience he or she has in working with startups and whether or not an existing client might be considered one of your competitors.

If you're not sure where to start in your search for a startup lawyer, browse the directories available on the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, or the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association websites. You can also discover top startup lawyers on UpCounsel.

While it's OK to discover new lawyers through advertisements, don't make this your only source of information. Radio, internet, newspaper, direct mail, billboard, or bus ads can be misleading. You're better off going with a bar association referral service to help you narrow down the specific areas of law you need to have covered.

In addition, you should do the following:

  • Interview multiple lawyers. Even if you hit it off with the first lawyer you interview, meet with a few more just to make sure you've found the perfect fit.
  • Go with your gut. You might find the most qualified startup lawyer in Detroit, but if you have problems communicating or simply have reservations, listen to your instincts. You'll be working with this lawyer for a long time, and you want someone you can trust and freely talk to.
  • Confirm your lawyer's involvement. Some startup lawyers will assign work to a paralegal or other lawyer. Find out how involved your lawyer will be when this occurs.
  • Understand how you will be charged. Every attorney and law firm charges differently than the next, and how you'll be charged can be a deciding factor in which lawyer you hire. Your attorney may charge a flat fee or hourly rate. He or she may also charge for each phone call or email. Understanding these charges up front can help you avoid costly surprises.
  • Consider the distance. Traveling to your lawyer's office can rack up the miles on your vehicle, plus waste time you could be spending at your startup. When two or more attorneys are equally qualified and seem to work well with you, choose the one closest to your home or business.

Questions for a Startup Lawyer

  • How long have you practiced law? Would you consider startups your specialty?
  • What types of cases do you typically handle? What percentage of your practice is devoted to startups or small businesses?
  • How many startup clients have you represented? Would any of your current clients be considered competitors?
  • Do you have any special training or certifications that might apply to startup law?
  • How do you plan to communicate with me?
  • When I email or call, how long before I can expect a reply or return call?

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