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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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Jake Siciliano

250 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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Brig R.

Brig Ricks

129 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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Lara L.

Lara Lavi

103 reviews
Lara Lavi brings a different kind of experience to her clients in the entertainment industry. Before becoming a lawyer, Lara was a singer-songwriter, an entertainment company executive, a TV and film producer, and a screenplay writer. As a result of her many experiences, she understands the legal challenges her clients may face. She also realizes that the music industry— and the world we live in—is constantly evolving. Her adaptability enables her clients to thrive in an ever-changing world.
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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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Paul W.

Paul Wisniewski

29 reviews
Paul has practiced food, drug, and regulatory affairs since 1984. His experience includes resolving issues and developing strategies in compliance with federal and state law. His firm, The Law Offices of Paul J. Wisniewski, has represented a wide range of clients from startups to multinational companies located throughout the US, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia.
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Chrystan C.

Chrystan Carlton

22 reviews
A seasoned JD/MBA Attorney & Business consultant addressing IRS Tax matters, corporate structuring, contract drafting & negotiations. Served as Acting General Coun... read more
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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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Oren Litwin

8 reviews
Oren graduated from George Mason University School of Law, and also holds a PhD in political science. After over a decade in financial services and a shorter stint in acade... read more
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