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Steven S.

Steven Stark

370 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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Richard G.

Richard Gora

189 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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Joshua G.

Joshua Garber

252 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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Hubert C.

Hubert Cheng

2 reviews
I am a seasoned and accomplished corporate attorney with extensive experience representing leading high-tech companies in a wide range of legal matters, including contract ... read more
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Gregory W.

Gregory Wilson

Gregory is a transactional attorney with over 27 years of experience representing publicly held and private corporations in a variety of industries. He is a solution-oriented lawyer who can confidently address deal structure, complex corporate reorganizations, and private and public financing. His broad corporate experience can take a start-up company from formation to initial public offering.
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J.D. H.

J.D. Houvener

4 reviews
J.D. Houvener is the Owner, Founder and Patent Attorney of Bold IP - handling legal matters for both individuals and large companies. He handles legal matters involving Intellectual Property - including copyright, trademark and trade secret issues. Houvener's education is extensive, studying with the University of Washington, as well as the Seattle University. He obtained his BS in Industrial Engineering, his MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies and his J.D. in Patent Law.
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Patrick L.

Patrick Loney

14 reviews
Patrick is currently a well-known associate director for Paragon Partners Asia, as well as an independent legal adviser. He worked for K&L Gates for over two years and has gained experience in the legal world. Dealing with legal issues related to corporate finance, corporate governance, securities compliance and startup formation, Loney is experienced with providing a wide range legal services. Patrick received his J.D. from University of Washington School of Law in 2011.
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Devon T.

Devon Thurtle Anderson

5 reviews
Devon graduated from Seattle University School of Law Magna Cum Laude, in the top 10% of her class. She is passionate about small business, assisting her clients in matters... read more
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Ryan B.

Ryan Blodgett

Ryan Blodgett is a Denver-based attorney with strong tax expertise who is licensed to practice in both Washington and Colorado. He works in tax law, estate planning, and business law. He has counseled firms on formations, debt and equity financing, stock and asset transactions, loans, and real estate transactions. Ryan holds a J.D. as well as an L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver.
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Marcus H.

Marcus Harjani

A graduate of Duke, USF, and Berkeley, Marcus has spent the past decade working at the intersection of law and technology advising growth stage companies, entreprenuers, an... read more
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