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Steven S.

Steven Stark

294 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 G.

Joshua Garber

207 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

157 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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Megan Y.

Megan Yelle

Megan Yelle is a litigator with six years’ experience. She has represented clients in high-stake commercial legal cases. She also has experience in dealing with cases related to debt, bankruptcy, legal research and legal writing. Megan practices law in Minnesota. She graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of Minnesota Law School. Since 2013, Megan has worked as an attorney at Nichols Kaster PLLP.
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Christopher H.

Christopher Han

Christopher graduated from law school at the young age of 20 and he later leveraged his financial expertise into corporate law to become one of the youngest attorneys to work for a top Wall Street law firm and other companies. He is one of the two founders of Han & De Leon to become part of a movement of people giving back to their communities and build innovative businesses that improve the world.
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Jared S.

Jared Stark

11 reviews
Jared Stark is a business attorney that focuses on trademark matters and general business law. He primarily assists startups and small business overcome legal obstacles, but have also worked with larger corporations. Jared has extensive experience with negotiating and drafting legal documents. He has a license to practice law in Florida and the District of Columbia. Jared is currently the managing attorney at Stark Business Law PLLC.
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Bryson A.

Bryson Aldridge

As a partner at his firm, Bryson primarily handles litigation. Bryson has considerable experience not only with taking cases to trial, but also with winning those cases. He has a wide-range of experience which ultimately gives him a unique approach to advising businesses. Bryson also serves as outside counsel for several large companies on legal issues such as business formation, liability and risk-management, and compliance.
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Denise Y.

Denise Young

2 reviews
Denise Young is the Managing Attorney with her own Law Offices. She has been practicing Law and Business since 1997 when she became a Law Clerk with Sommers Schwartz PC. She handles legal matters in business law, transactions, not-for-profit law, criminal law and family law. She obtained her J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law in 1999 and she received her Masters in Procurement & Acquisitions Management, as well as Business & Organizational Security Management.
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Daniel X.

Daniel Xu

13 reviews
Daniel Xu is a patent prosecution attorney who supports clients in obtaining patents for medical devices, mobile applications, networking technologies, and biotechnology, among other areas. He graduated from UC Berkeley with distinction, later teaching a course on intellectual property law at the university. Mr. Xu hopes to pursue opportunities to provide pro bono consulting.
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Andrew D. E.

Andrew D. Ellis

2 reviews
Andrew D. Ellis is an attorney at law with more than two decades of experience. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in law from the Columbia University School of Law. Andrew specializes in real estate law primarily, but can assist corporate clients with other business-related legal issues. Since September 2014, Andrew has been serving as a counselor at Olenderfeldman LLP.
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