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Steven S.

Steven Stark

465 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

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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

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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Ryan C.

Ryan Carpenter

5 reviews
Ryan Carpenter serves as Attorney and Managing Director of Carpenter Wellington, and advises clients across multiple industries, on a range of corporate and commercial tran... read more
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Heather M.

Heather Morado

2 reviews
Heather M. Morado counsels both emerging and established clients with regard to intellectual property, entertainment, and general business matters. Heather is the founder o... read more
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Yuan "Ruth" Q.

Yuan "Ruth" Qi

2 reviews
Ruth Qi has been a business consultant (in China and the U.S.) for the past 15 years and an attorney for over a decade. Ruth provides one-stop services to businesses, star... read more
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Dana R.

Dana Romans

2 reviews
Dana has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Washington, a JD from the Seattle University School of Law, as well as a tax LLM from the Universit... read more
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Collin Roberts R.

Collin Roberts Roberts

Collin helps entrepreneurs and inventors turn their ideas into thriving businesses by helping them set up the business, draft contracts, and protect intellectual property. He works at InVigor Law Group where he advises clients on how to raise capital, negotiate deal terms, and structure investment funds. Collin loves working with people who love what they do.
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Tyler W.

Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wilson is the managing attorney at Wilson Law Group. He brings five years of experience in securities and corporate finance and has advised companies on the legal aspects of start-up operations, including on initial filing regulations and matters related to raising capital. Tyler received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and holds a B.A. from Notre Dame.
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Ken M.

Ken Moyle

Ken Moyle is an expert in all facets of digital transformation. He was once Chief Counsel and Vice President of the Legal and Corporate Affairs at DocuSign. He also has experience as a Board Member and Chair of the public policy committee for the ESRA. His specialties include practical, legal, and policy issues that accompany digital transformation - specifically global electronic signature law and e-identity. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.
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