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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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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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Conor T.

Conor Teevan

151 reviews
Top-tier talent shouldn’t have to come with a top-tier fee. This is why Conor Teevan combines his top-tier expertise (Yale undergrad, Stanford Law) with affordability. Conor has represented Silicon Valley startups, real estate investors, artists creating companies, and even a child author in need of a book deal. Conor himself started a real estate company with holdings in five states.
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Brig R.

Brig Ricks

134 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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Terry B.

Terry Brennan

109 reviews
Terry has thirty eight years of experience and practiced for many years as an associate and a partner at prominent Wall Street and national law firms before starting the Brennan Legal Group Pllc. His practice focuses primarily on business formation, commercial matters, mergers and acquisitions, securities, technology transactions, intellectual property and entertainment matters. Terry's goal is to provide practical, cost-effective legal assistance to entrepreneurs, investors, emerging and mid-size businesses which are focused on commercializing innovation and rewarding capital risk. Terry graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal
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Ali Shalchi

54 reviews
Ali brings a diverse range of experience gained from practice at major law firms (e.g. Paul Hastings LLP) and as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 tech company (Illumina I... read more
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Eli N.

Eli Ness

4 reviews
I am a seasoned attorney with extensive experience in handling complex and high-stakes matters in diverse industries, such as high tech, blockchain, fintech, real estate, b... read more
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John B.

John Berton

I am a downtown NYC native and matriculated from Stuyvesant High School, Williams College and Harvard Law School. I practiced corporate, securities, and transactional law o... read more
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Jarad D.

Jarad Dickinson

I am currently an owner and principal at my own firm which was started in 2008 by David Dickinson, I started at that time as a clerk, and then became an associate attorney ... read more
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Ahaji A.

Ahaji Amos

35 reviews
Ahaji Amos has over 18 years of experience as a corporate attorney. She focuses on providing legal assistance to entrepreneurs and businesses in the startup stage, with exceptional experience in trademark and copyright law, as well as in dealing with patents. Ahaji is licensed to practice law in Texas, North Carolina and Missouri. She is also a member of the Texas Patent Bar. Ahaji has been an associate attorney at Poyner Spruill since February 2012.
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Why Hire a Startup Lawyer?

Starting a business can be a difficult task. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can prove to be one of the best decisions you can make for your new business. 

If you're thinking about whether or not you need a startup lawyer, consider some of the ways one can help.

  • Negotiate contracts: Whether it's employee contracts, customer contracts, or contracts with your suppliers, having a lawyer who understands all of the legal wording is invaluable. He or she can explain various contracts or help draw up new ones for your company.
  • Register your business: You need to register your business with the Kentucky Secretary of State. It is recommended that you at least speak to a lawyer about the filing required before you attempt to do this on your own. The attorney can also assist you with registering in different counties and states if you plan to do business outside of Louisville.
  • Increase your chances of success: The best startup lawyers can use their past experience of helping other startups to make sure that you and your company don't fall into the same traps that caused others to fail.
  • Help you make more money: Good startup lawyers have years of experience and knowledge of business law. They will be able to tell you about the special tax benefits a C corporation would provide (such as tax breaks on income). Startup lawyers can also provide introductions to venture capitalists and angel investors, which would give you an opportunity to raise more capital.
  • Protect you from liability: If you wait to call a lawyer after you've been sued, it can often be too late. You want to have a lawyer on your side from the very beginning who can help you cover all of your chances of liability to ensure you never get sued in the first place.

How to Find the Best Startup Lawyer in Louisville

When you start a business in Louisville, you want to make sure you hire the best startup lawyer in town. If you have contacts for other small businesses in Louisville, asking them for lawyer recommendations is a good place to start. You can find some local businesses in your industry by getting in touch with Louisville Forward, the city's small business development agency. You can also find more information about lawyers in Louisville from the Kentucky Bar Association or the Louisville Small Business Development Center. Both have listings of lawyers of all types. Once you have plenty of contact information, you need to do some research. Find out as much as you can about the lawyers and the firms they work for.

Then contact the ones that seem the most promising. You should have your short list down to no more than five. Ask if they would like to set up a meeting to discuss working together on your startup business. Their response to a preliminary call is a good way to gauge their interest. When you meet with them, be sure to have all relevant documents and information about your business. You want to give the lawyers a realistic snapshot of your business, and you want them to understand your vision and where you want your company to progress. Be ready to answer questions about what you require from the lawyer and what you're hoping to gain from their services.

Questions for Startup Lawyers

Have several questions ready for the lawyers you interview so that you can be clear about whether or not they are the best startup lawyer for you.

  • Have you worked with startup businesses in my industry before?

While you don't want a lawyer who works directly with your competitors (which could lead to a conflict of interest), you do want a lawyer who has experience working with businesses like yours. If they've never worked with startups before, they may not be able to adequately do all the things you want them to do. You don't want an inexperienced lawyer to be billing you while he or she learns how to work with startups.

  • What are your fees and how will they be billed?

This is a crucially important question. You should not be basing your entire decision on cost, but as a startup, finding a lawyer who understands that you're tight for cash is invaluable. Find out if they offer a billing plan for startups where you can pay in installments. Ask how they will be charging you (hourly or for the type of work being done). Fees are sometimes negotiable, so be sure to ask.

  • Do you have business experience?

Having a lawyer who understands the unique situation of an entrepreneur is invaluable. He or she should understand not only all of the legal and financial challenges that you face, but also the simple stresses of starting your own business.

Though entrepreneurship is central to the American economy, startup businesses need experienced help to overcome the beginning challenges. By carefully researching and choosing the right startup attorney in Louisville for your type of business, you will give yourself a higher chance of success.

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