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Steven S.

Steven Stark

359 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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Joshua Garber

249 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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Richard G.

Richard Gora

185 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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Brian Maul

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Brian M. Maul has practiced law for a total of 17 years, during which time he has successfully represented individuals as well as corporate clients in various areas of civi... read more
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Mark D.

Mark Del Bianco

Mark C. Del Bianco is an attorney working in the areas of drones, unmanned aircraft, and telecom and cloud services. With nearly four decades of experience, he is highly experienced in legal issues relating to regulation and privacy, contracts, transactions, litigation, and arbitration. Mark, who is licensed in Washington, DC and Maryland, runs his own law firm. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School.
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Claudia Moncarz

Claudia Moncarz is a corporate practicing attorney that has been providing legal services in Florida for the past 15 years. She primarily specializes in tax-based legal cases, but she also has a very strong background in business formation, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions. Claudia obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. In 2011, Claudia started her own legal firm, where she acts as the principal attorney.
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Christopher S.

Christopher Shella

4 reviews
Christopher Shella is a corporate attorney with over two decades of experience. He is licensed to practice law in several states, including Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. Christopher obtained his legal degree from the University of Texas School of Law. He has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies and often invest in startup businesses. Since June 2015, Christopher has been the managing director of Black Wall Street Investments.
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Benjamin Cooper

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Benjamin Cooper is an attorney at law with almost three decades of experience. He has been licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Georgia. Benjamin has a J.D. degree in law, which he received after his graduation from the Northwestern University School of Law. Benjamin mainly specializes in securities and finances, but is also skilled in dealing with commercial contracts. He served as a chief legal officer at the Securian Financial Group between 2011 and 2018.
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Jonathan Staebler

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Jonathan Staebler is a corporate attorney that specializes in commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate law. He has over 42 years of experience and is licensed to practice law in Maryland. Jonathan has a Juris Doctor in law, which he obtained from the Columbia University School of Law. Some of Jonathan’s corporate clients include TFS RT, Inc., Franklin Mortgage Holdings, Inc. and Kirkman Group, Inc. He has been operating his own law firm since 1999.
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