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Steven S.

Steven Stark

267 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

155 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

194 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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Adam  M.

Adam Michael

14 reviews
Adam Michael is a business lawyer with a fundamental focus on companies in the technology industry. He received his legal degree from the Boston University School of Law, and he is licensed to practice law in New York. Adam has represented Citibank, 25K Startups, NBC Universal and many other corporate clients. He has extensive experience in dealing with commercial contracts, as well as legal cases related to real estate law.
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Richard D.

Richard Doan

Richard Doan was once the Lead Adviser of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and now he uses his experience to handle many different legal matters. His experience includes matters dealing with the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act and other labor laws - such as workplace safety, anti-discrimination and labor-management laws. Richard obtained his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2009 and studied slightly further with the American University Washington College of Law.
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Kevin F.

Kevin Frisch

Kevin Frisch is an attorney at law that primarily specializes in assisting startup companies and entrepreneurs. He is exceptionally experienced in dealing with cases related to real estate law and commercial contracts. Kevin is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he obtained from the Washington College of Law. Kevin has been an in-house counselor at Compass Coffee since September 2014.
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Jay R.

Jay Rodne

2 reviews
Jay Rodne is a business lawyer with over two decades of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Washington and has been serving as an elected state representative in the state since 2004. Jay received his Juris Doctor degree in law from the Gonzaga University School of Law. He is exceptionally skilled in dealing with commercial contracts, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Between 2007 and 2017, Jay has been serving as a general counselor at King County Public Hospital District No 4.
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Alexander R.

Alexander Rayskin

Alexander Rayskin has been a corporate litigator and business law attorney for the past six years. He has represented Morris Propp II Foundation, Mintz Levin and many other high-stake clients. Alexander is licensed to provide corporate legal services in New York and he obtained his legal degree from Brooklyn Law School. He started his own law firm, Rayskin Attorneys At Lawy, in January 2011. Alexander also gained experience as an associate at Goodwin Procter prior to starting his own firm.
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Baruch G.

Baruch Gottesman

20 reviews
Baruch Gottesman is a corporate attorney with over a decade of experience. He is licensed to practice law in both New Jersey and New York. Baruch obtained his J.D. degree in law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. He is skilled in providing legal assistance to startup companies, with exceptional experience in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. Baruch founded his own law firm in January 2010.
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Brent F.

Brent Finley

24 reviews
Currently, Brent Finley is the Managing Attorney of Finley Legal PLLC, providing legal services to entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups. Brent worked as an Attorney for Acadia Law, PLLC for over 12 years. After that, Brent served in-house as the Policy Adviser for Environment International Ltd. Some of the services he performs include incorporation and formation, contracts and agreements. Brent obtained his Masters of Law from The University of Washington School of Law.
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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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