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Dror L.

Dror Lewy Licensed in FL

Dror Lewy has been practicing law for over 12 years and previously worked at Patterson Lewy, LLC. He is currently an Accountant Intern for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. His focuses include dispute resolution counseling, case assessment, document review, personal agency and legal couching. Lewy has received the Army Commendation Medal twice and the Attorney General Recognition Pin once. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2003.
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Michael A.

Michael Allers Licensed in NY, TX

Michael Allers provides legal services related to general business matters. He has been practicing law for the past six years and is licensed to practice law in Texas and New York. Some of the top clients that Michael has represented include Southwest Airlines, Reata Pharmaceuticals and Carousel Capital. Michael has exceptional experience with commercial contracts, business formation and mergers. He has been operating as a private practicing attorney since June 2016.
42 reviews
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Lisa T.

Lisa Thorsen Licensed in CA, TX

Licensed in California and Texas, Lisa Thorsen focuses on corporate contracts and transactions, trusts and estates, real estate, and startups. She previously worked as an associate attorney at Circuit, McKellogg, Kinney & Ross, LLP for six and a half years and spent the past 3 years in private practice as a solo practitioner. Ms. Thorsen has 8+ years of experience practicing law as a licensed attorney.
41 reviews
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Diana P.

Diana Palchik, Esq. Licensed in TX

Diana Palchik is a Texas-based attorney. She primarily specializes in providing legal services to business clients, with a focus on trademark law and commercial agreements. Diana has extensive experience drafting and negotiating software licenses, professional services agreements, and other commercial transactions and has worked for a number of large corporate clients. She has more than 17 years of experience and has a solo practice.
39 reviews
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Keith S.

Keith Strahan Licensed in TX

Keith Strahan is an Attorney working at his own law firm. Previously, he worked as an Associate for Greer, Scott & Shropshire, LLP. He attended the University of Houston Law Center in 2012 and he served as the President of the Federalist Society. During his studies, he interned at the Fifth Circuit. Apart from Law, Keith studied Religion and Politics and Graduated with his B.A. in 2007. Prior to that, Keith graduated with his B.A in Government and Philosophy from The University of Texas.
28 reviews
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Chris W. H.

Chris W. Hogue Licensed in TX

Chris Hogue is a corporate attorney with over 12 years’ experience. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and obtained a J.D. in law from the Texas Tech University School of Law. Chris has represented many high-stake clients, including Greyhound Lines and BlackBerry. He has extensive experience in dealing with commercial contracts, labor and employment law and business operations. Chris has been a corporate secretary at RewardStyle since 2014.
21 reviews
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Erin M.

Erin Mcclarty Licensed in TX

Erin McClarty is a corporate counsel that has over six years’ experience. She has extensive experience in working with legal documents, but is also acquainted with employment, business formation, trademark, copyright and numerous other business law legal matters. Erin has been the legal manager at CGG for the past two years. She has also worked as a legal counsel at Weatherford and as a legal clerk at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
15 reviews
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Schuyler R.

Schuyler Reidel Licensed in TX

Schuyler Reidel is a business law attorney that specializes in international trade law and often represents clients as an outside general counselor. He has more than three years of experience and is licensed to practice law in Texas. Schuyler is also experienced in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. He is also licensed in the U.S. Court of International Trade. In November 2014, Shuyler started his own company, Reidel Law Firm, where he now acts as the managing attorney.
10 reviews
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Christopher U.

Christopher Usrey Licensed in TX

Christopher Usrey has been licensed to provide corporate legal services in Texas for the past 16 years. He has extensive experience in commercial contracts, trademark law, business formation and employment law. Christopher obtained his legal degree from the Boston University School of Law. He has been a managing member at VCounsel since November 2011. Prior to this position, Christopher was a senior counselor at VCE and a corporate counselor at Huawei.
10 reviews
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Joseph L.

Joseph Leak Licensed in TX

When you have a legal dispute, having an attorney who can both litigate and negotiate deals is an invaluable resource. Joseph Leak has both a litigation and a business practice that extends to individuals, startups, and regional and national businesses. He can deal with issues related to securities, real estate, business entity formation or selection, fundraising, and civil litigation.
9 reviews
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Why Hire a Start-Up Lawyer?

When you start a business, you want to make sure you have the best startup lawyer in El Paso. It's important to get someone who has worked with startups before and understands the local, state, and federal regulations that will apply to your business.

Startup lawyers can help with a number of important legal tasks that you may not be able to handle on your own.

  • Dealing with government regulations: Making a mistake in registering your business with the Texas State Department or in filing your taxes can be incredibly costly and even risk the success of your business. If you hire a startup lawyer from the very beginning, you ensure that you won't make any of these mistakes.
  • Reducing your liability: Any interactions you or your employees have with customers, suppliers, employees, and the public can put you at risk of liability. A startup lawyer working with you from the beginning of your business can address all of the possible liabilities before they occur, saving you money and time.
  • Helping co-founders: If you are starting your company with more than one person, you will want to put together a contract or agreement that ensures everyone's initial investments are protected both in the present and during future reorganizations. 
  • Hiring employees: You will definitely want to speak to a startup attorney about best practices for hiring and firing employees. Employment law in Texas is constantly changing, and you want someone on your team who can inform you of these changes as they occur. 
  • Negotiating contracts: When you create relationships with customers and suppliers, you will want to draw up fair contracts as well as be able to review contracts that they may require you to sign. 

How to Find the Best Startup Lawyer in El Paso

Finding the best startup lawyer in El Paso could be as simple as asking for a recommendation from your business colleagues, your accountant, your mentors, or owners of other small businesses that are similar to yours. If you need more suggestions, you can contact the Texas Bar Association as well as the El Paso Bar Association.

Once you have a handful of recommendations, do your research. Go online and read reviews from past clients, find out their specialties and what types of businesses they have worked with, and read about the firm that they work for.

Make sure you find someone with a good knowledge of corporate law, contracts, intellectual property, tax, and employment law in Texas.

After you do your research, you should be able to narrow down the selection to no more than five. Then get in touch with them to set up interviews. You can do this by sending them an email or calling their office. This is a great way to test how contactable they are. If it takes them more than 48 hours to get back to you, they may not be easily available when you need them.

Before your meetings, prepare plenty of questions as well as all of the documents you will need to explain your business to them. You want to be able to communicate exactly what your business is about and why you will need them. 

Consider all of the information you have collected before hiring anyone. You shouldn't choose a lawyer based solely on their price. While cash flow is very important to a startup, choosing a "cheap" lawyer may result in expensive mistakes that you'll have to fix later. Choose someone with experience who understands your business, understands the industry you're in, has worked with startups in El Paso before, and knows that your budget is tight and therefore won't take advantage of you. 

Questions for Start-Up Lawyers

  • Is your firm large or small? Generally, the larger the firm, the more expensive the lawyer will be. If you are concerned about cost, you should seek out experienced El Paso startup lawyers that work for smaller firms. You may need to spread your search into the suburbs of the city in order to keep costs down.
  • How much do you charge? Find out up front exactly how much each of the projects you require is going to cost. Will there be other lawyers working on your case? What do they charge? How will they bill you, hourly or by project? Get all of these answers so that you can make an informed decision.
  • Do you have experience working with startups? Having an experienced business lawyer is invaluable, but you want someone who also has the patience to work with startups. If they have worked with early startups in the past, they will understand all of the difficulties that you face as a new business.

Given that four out of the top 10 U.S. cities successful in recovering from the Great Recession are in Texas, a good El Paso startup attorney who is aware of economic trends could be very helpful in the startup of your business.

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From primarily dealing with things like business formation, contracts, leases, equity financing, securities, and intellectual property protection, the El Paso startup lawyers on UpCounsel can help you with a variety of specialized and general startup law related legal matters. No matter what type of startup law needs you have, you can easily hire an experienced El Paso startup lawyer on UpCounsel to help you today.

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