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Oleg O.

Oleg Otten

100 reviews
Oleg Otten is a corporate attorney who has been licensed to practice law in Florida for the past five years. He is also a member of the Florida Bar. Oleg specializes in immigration law, and has exceptional experience in dealing with commercial contracts, as well as with matters related to business formation. He received his legal degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Oleg started his own law firm in January 2012, where he now acts as the managing attorney.
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Bob S.

Bob Schrader, Esq.

67 reviews
Bob Schrader is an attorney at law who has been practicing law for over three decades. He has been licensed to practice law in Florida. Bob received his J.D. in law from the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center. He primarily specializes in assisting small businesses and startups with their legal matters. Bob also specializes in immigration law. He founded his own legal firm in June 2007.
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Eric M.

Eric Masson

9 reviews
In addition to his law degree, Eric has an MBA and a bachelor's degree in management. His practice areas include business law, mergers and acquisitions, contract review and... read more
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Lawrence S.

Lawrence Saichek

7 reviews
Larry Saichek, AV rated attorney and CPA, practices real estate and corporate law, business transactions and mediation and arbitration. Has successfully closed real estate ... read more
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Jeffrey B.

Jeffrey Berman

5 reviews
Jeffrey Berman is a business attorney that specializes in commercial contracts, business formation, employment issues, bankruptcy and various other cases related to business law. He has 11 years of experience as an attorney at law and is licensed to practice law in Florida. Jeffrey obtained his degree in law from the Nova Southeastern University. He was a senior associate at Kiuger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine P.L. since 2005, but left the company and started his own law firm in 2016.
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Senen G.

Senen Garcia

5 reviews
Senan Gracia is the Managing Attorney of SG Law Group, as well as the Certified Counselor of SCORE - giving advice to small businesses on how to expand. He also has experience of assisting the Small Claims Clinic. His focus areas include real estate, property associations, and property insurance claims and he has spoken on a variety of topics. Garcia attended the St. Thomas University School of Law and graduated with his J.D. in 2008.
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Mari R.

Mari Ribeiro

2 reviews
Mari Ribeiro is both a corporate attorney and a business woman. She specializes in providing legal services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Mari is exceptionally experienced in dealing with commercial contracts, as well as mergers and acquisitions. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and received her legal degree from the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law School. Since May 2016, Mari has been acting as the principal attorney at her own legal firm.
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Andrew S.

Andrew Shapiro

2 reviews
Andrew Shapiro is an attorney at law with half a decade worth of experience. He has built experience at one of the top law firms in the United States. Andrew practices law in Florida and holds a Juris Doctor in law, which he obtained from the University of Chicago Law School. He mainly specializes in dealing with legal matters that involves labor and employment law. On August 2017, Andrew co-founded Shapiro, P.A., where he now acts as a partner attorney.
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Candice G.

Candice Gidney

2 reviews
Candice Gidney primarily specializes in entertainment law, but also has experience in dealing with corporate legal matters. She has over 11 years of experience and was voted the best business lawyer in Miami. In 2014, Candice was voted as one of the 40 under 40 top lawyers in her state. Candice is currently a partner of the Candice Gidney Law Group. Prior to her partnership, Candice was a senior associate at Boyd & Jenerette.
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David C.

David Charlip

2 reviews
David Charlip has been admitted to practice law in numerous states, including Florida and New Jersey. He received an award for the best case comment in 1981 at the University of Florida. David was the chairman of the American Association for Justice between 2007 and 2009. He provides legal services in various areas to corporate clients, including foreclosure and employment. David received a J.D. in law at the University of Florida and also has a B.A. in political science.
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Steve W.

Steve Wallace

21 reviews
After working for 10 years at large law firms, Steve Wallace founded the Wallace Law Group, P.L., where he specializes in commercial and residential real estate, corporate securities, and foreign investment in the U.S. He represents clients across the country as well as in Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Mr. Wallace is licensed to practice in Florida, Texas, and New York.
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Joshua M. G.

Joshua M. Gold

6 reviews
Joshua M. Gold is a Corporate Counselor who has handled many legal aspects of growing a business. Currently, Joshua is the Cofounder and Principal of his own virtual legal practice. Previously, he was General Counsel for Bespoke Growth Partners, Inc. Joshua has studied many different things and in 1994 McGill University awarded him the Jean E. Launay Medal for excellence in French Literature. He also studied Law with the McGill University.
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Curtis W.

Curtis Wolfe

3 reviews
Curtis Wolfe, Founder & CEO at LegalGuru, LLC, has had some 20 years experience in large firm practice, academics and in-house corporate firms. He was president of Lobos Advisors for over 10 years. In 1995, Curtis achieved his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. Ever since then he has practiced law in different matters - M&A, securities or finance, infrastructure, technology licensing, corporate governance and entertainment. Wolfe has received many recommendations - all good!
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Francisco F.

Francisco Ferreiro

2 reviews
Francisco Ferreiro is a corporate attorney that specializes in trademark and copyright law, as well as drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. He has been practicing law for the past 10 years. Francisco is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York. He obtained his legal degree from the University of Florida. Francisco became a partner attorney at Ferreiro Law in January 2017. Prior to this position, he was an IP attorney at Malloy & Malloy.
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Pura R.

Pura Rodriguez, Jd, Mba

2 reviews
Pura Rodriguez works as the President and Managing Partner at A Physician’s Firm, which is considered a national healthcare law office. She helps a variety of healthcare companies and providers with business planning, fraud and abuse compliance, medical staff credentialing, HIPAA compliance, and more. Attorney Pura Rodriguez previously served in the capacity as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer at a multi-specialty healthcare practice and was in charge of contracting and hiring healthcare providers.
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Ryan W.

Ryan Wagner

2 reviews
Ryan Wagner has been providing corporate legal services in Florida for the past three years. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center. Some of Ryan’s most recent clients include Patterson Dental Supply, XPO Logistics and Hamburg Sud North America. He specializes in drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts. Ryan has been the co-managing partner of Adelman & Wagner since August 2017.
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Yoel M.

Yoel Molina

2 reviews
Yoel “Mo” Molia is proud to be a lifelong resident of Miami, Florida and he has been practicing law there since 2001. He has also worked on cases across the state. His experiences include foreclosure, contracts, real estate, collection matters, leases, and employment matters, among others.
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Kiel G.

Kiel Green

2 reviews
Kiel is the Founder of Emerald Law, PLLC, a boutique transactional firm located in Hollywood, FL specializing in providing general counsel style legal services to small/med... read more
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Lourdes H.

Lourdes Hilliard

2 reviews
Lourdes Hilliard is an attorney at law with over 13 years’ experience. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and New Jersey. Lourdes obtained her legal degree from the University of Miami School of Law. She specializes in patents, trademark and copyright law, as well as in commercial contracts. Lourdes often provides her legal assistance to entrepreneurs and startup companies. She has been serving as an attorney at The Brand Protected since January 2015.
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Dameka D.

Dameka Davis

2 reviews
Dameka Davis has more than three years of experience and is situated in Florida. She mainly focuses on dealing with legal matters related to immigration law, labor and employment law, as well as debt and bankruptcy. Dameka obtained her J.D. in law from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and also has a Bachelor’s in Economics. She recently became an associate at Coane and Associates. Prior to this position, she was an assistant state attorney.
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Virginia P.

Virginia Perez

2 reviews
Virginia Perez is an attorney at law with over seven years of experience. She is licensed to practice law in Florida. Virginia is also a member of the Florida Bar Association. She received her Juris Doctor degree in law from the Florida International University College of Law. Virginia specializes in general lawsuits related to business law and is exceptionally experienced in providing legal assistance to startups. She started her own law office in July 2017.
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Isabel Y.

Isabel Yague

2 reviews
Isabel Yague is a business and franchise law attorney with extensive experience in both corporate counsel and law firm positions in the U.S. and Spain.Over her legal career... read more
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David T.

David Tamaroff

2 reviews
David Tamaroff is an intellectual property and commercial law attorney. He has been serving corporate clients for the past seven years. David is licensed to practice law in Florida and obtained his legal degree from the University of Miami School of Law. David specializes in trademark and copyright law. He is also skilled in reviewing, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. He has been serving as a partner at Lipscomb & Partners since January 2018.
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Mara G.

Mara Geronemus

2 reviews
Mara Geronemus is a business lawyer who has been serving corporate clients for the past 13 years. She has been licensed to practice law in both New York and Florida. Mara holds a J.D. degree in law, which she obtained from the New York University School of Law. She is experienced in dealing with commercial contracts, as well as in assisting startup companies with any legal hurdles they may face. Mara has been serving as an in-house counselor at The Second Shift since September 2017.
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Chad V.

Chad Van Horn

2 reviews
A leader in his community of Fort Lauderdale, Fl., Chad Van Horn strives to provide solutions and support to his bankruptcy clients as well as bring job opportunities to his community through his work in creating sound start-up ventures. As the founder of Van Horn Law Group, PA, he works with individuals and businesses with bankruptcies, debt consolidation, asset protection, and civil litigation.
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Jonathan M.

Jonathan Macy

2 reviews
Jonathan Macy is a business attorney with more than 11 years of experience. He specializes in business operations, commercial contracts, real estate and related practice areas. Jonathan is licensed to practice law in Georgia and New York. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree in law from the New York Law School. Jonathan is the general counsel at McLarens Global Limited. Prior to this position, he was a senior legal consult at McLarens Aviation and also worked at Gidney & Company for one year.
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Zachary R.

Zachary Rich

2 reviews
Zac Rich is a skilled attorney who provides legal services for companies in a modern and connected world. Zac graduated in top of his class at St. Thomas School of Law in M... read more
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M. Kristina R.

M. Kristina Raattama

2 reviews
With over 18 years of varied and progressive responsibility as in-house counsel, Ms. Raattama has the knowledge and expertise needed to provide organizations with assistanc... read more
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Megan L.

Megan Lazo

2 reviews
Megan A. Lazo is an attorney whose practice focuses on intellectual property, business formation, employment, and civil litigation. Her professional interests include inter... read more
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Bretton P.

Bretton Pollack

2 reviews
Brett “Bretton” I. Pollack is a member of the Florida Bar, the New York Bar, and the Dade County Bar Association. He is experienced in business litigation, commercial trans... read more
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Nabil A.

Nabil Abunahlah

2 reviews
I came to law school with a strong commitment to litigation. My strong analytical, research and writing skills would make me a valuable addition to your summer class. Last ... read more
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Jeff S.

Jeff Stoller

2 reviews
Having been an attorney and accountant, and taught both contract law and accounting at the University of Southern California, I have saved clients hundreds of thousands of ... read more
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Olesia B.

Olesia Belchenko

2 reviews
Born and raised in Russia, Olesia obtained her undergraduate and law degrees in the U.S. In 2013, after seven years at Florida’s top law firms, Olesia established her own f... read more
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Anda  M.

Anda Malescu

2 reviews
Ms. Anda Malescu has been involved in cases related to complex business disputes, and contract enforcement. She has also worked on international business transactions, incl... read more
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Thomas H.

Thomas Hess

2 reviews
I was in-house/general counsel and compliance director for a US satellite telecommunications and global entertainment company with major operating subsidiaries in Europe, L... read more
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Cole B.

Cole Buescher

2 reviews
Cole J. Buescher, Esq. is a startup lawyer offering services to entrepreneurs, startup companies, small businesses, and non-profits from coast to coast. Currently located... read more
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Frank L.

Frank Lolo-Lopez

2 reviews
Young lawyer with a hunger to help others. I am not your typical lawyer who has a receptionist screen his calls, i answer all my own calls and i have my phone with me 24/7.... read more
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Jesse P.

Jesse Philippe-Auguste

2 reviews
While in law school, I excelled in advocacy and achieved numerous accolades, most notably competing on a regional and national level as a member of the school's Mock Trial ... read more
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Natalie G.

Natalie Guerra-Valdes

2 reviews
Natalie Guerra-Valdes has been practicing law in Florida for the last nine years. She is exceptionally experienced in dealing with real estate law, as well as other corporate lawsuits and disputes. Super Lawyers awarded Natalie the Florida Rising Star award in 2017. She obtained her degree in law from the University of Florida. Natalie has been acting as a shareholder of Valdes Law Firm PA since March 2013.
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Calvin A.

Calvin Azadi

2 reviews
Calvin is a member of the Florida Bar, admitted to practice state law in Florida and federal law throughout the United States of America. Calvin’s practice is dedicated to ... read more
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Daniel S.

Daniel Smith

2 reviews
Daniel Smith is a seasoned and experienced attorney with a focus on business, insurance, and injury litigation. Mr. Smith has represented Fortune 500 companies, publicly tr... read more
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Emanuel  B.

Emanuel Benjamin

2 reviews
Mr. Emanuel Benjamin has practiced law in the state of Florida since 1998, he is the managing attorney and founder of Benjamin Law Group, PL, which primarily is focused on ... read more
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Dawn M. R.

Dawn M. Rapoport, Esq.

2 reviews
A Martindale-Hubble® peer review rated 4.2/5, corporate outside counsel and immigration attorney, author, owner of private law firm, and U.S. Army Veteran, with more than 1... read more
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Zachary S.

Zachary Soto

2 reviews
Corporate attorney with experience managing sophisticated domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, employment matters, commercial contract negotiations, regulatory c... read more
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Abigail F.

Abigail Fleming

2 reviews
Abigail is a founding partner of Traibel Fleming. She focuses her practice on state and federal criminal defense, as well as appeals and post-conviction matters. Before e... read more
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Cooper G.

Cooper Green

2 reviews
I currently work as General Counsel for a real estate developer based in Miami, Florida, with a focus on handling all real estate and corporate transactional matters for th... read more
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Lauren  S.

Lauren Shapiro

2 reviews
Securities attorney licensed in Florida and New York with extensive experience in SEC and FINRA investigations and regulation of broker-dealers and investment advisers from... read more
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Johnlee C.

Johnlee Curtis

2 reviews
Johnlee studied law, international trade, economics, and business. His practice areas include commercial contracts and general counsel services, with a particular emphasis ... read more
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Jeffrey S.

Jeffrey Stoller

2 reviews
Having been an attorney and accountant, and taught both contract law and accounting at the University of Southern California, I have saved clients hundreds of thousands of ... read more
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Jonathan D.

Jonathan Davalos

2 reviews
Attorney and licensed customs broker with 2 years proven experience in trade related commercial agreements, US Customs matters, trademark registration and enforcement, as w... read more
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Mark K.

Mark Kahn

2 reviews
Mark is recognized as a rising star in Miami’s legal community focusing on mergers and acquisitions, private securities offerings, and technology startups. He holds a Juris... read more
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Helbert C.

Helbert Canales-Rojas

2 reviews
Mr. Canales-Rojas focuses his practice on business law, commercial litigation, construction litigation, and real estate litigation matters. While Mr. Canales-Rojas focuse... read more
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Lauren M.

Lauren Marsicano

2 reviews
Lauren Marsicano, Esq. is the founding partner of Miami-based boutique law firm Marsicano + Leyva PLLC and has worked with global Fortune 100 companies like Bank of America... read more
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Maikel E.

Maikel Eskander

2 reviews
Maikel N. Eskander is the principal and founder of Capital Partners Law, a full-service business and real estate firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton... read more
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Robert Q.

Robert Quicksilver

1 review
Robert Quicksilver is an attorney at law with over 36 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri and obtained his Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of Michigan Law School. Robert specializes in commercial contracts. He has exceptional experience in labor and employment law. Robert has represented Sinclair Communications, Charter Communications and various other corporate clients in his local area.
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Blake T.

Blake Trueblood

1 review
Blake has significant experience serving as a business lawyer in a variety of industries, including technology, food and beverage, professional services, and healthcare. He has represented businesses of all sizes from startups to Fortune 500 companies. As an entrepreneur with an MBA, he understands the challenges that companies face on a daily basis which guides his approach with clients.
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Thomas W.

Thomas Willis

1 review
Thomas Willis recently opened his own law firm in July of 2016. He was a Partner at Brumfield & Willis and an Associate Attorney at Shuster & Saben from March 2008 to July 2012. His areas of practice include Business Formation, Real Estate, Securities and Finance, Business Operations and others. He finished his law degree from Stetson University College of Law and has been a licensed attorney in Florida.
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Jason B.

Jason Burmer

1 review
Jason Burmer is currently a member of H.I.G Capital, a private investment firm. The firm manages a portfolio of companies with combined sales of $30 billion. Before joining H.I.B Capital, Jason worked as legal counsel for EarlyShares, helping to build many of the company’s business processes by focusing on compliance, creating contracts, and writing policy.
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Kamilah J.

Kamilah Jolly

Offering a unique Virtual Counsel program through her firm Jolly Esquire, PLLC in Orland, FL., Kamilah Jolly can serve as house counsel for a flat-rate monthly fee. Her services focus entirely on the needs of small businesses and their owners. Forming a new corporation, providing general counsel, contract review, real estate matters, and trademark issues are all within her expertise.
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Michael G.

Michael Greif

• 22 years in private law firm practice, with a focus on business transactions, corporate finance, corporate governance, fiduciary duties, internal controls and financial f... read more
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Tanner L.

Tanner Lakey

Tanner Lakey is an attorney at law who serves corporate clients in Florida. He attended the St. Thomas University School of Law, where he obtained a J.D. in law after his graduation. Tanner specializes in trademark and copyright law. He has represented numerous corporate clients, including CoFit Inc and The 413 Lifestyle. Tanner has been serving as the legal affairs advisor at The Brewer Group since January 2017.
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Michael S.

Michael Stewart

Michael is licensed to practice in New York and Florida. In New York, he practiced corporate and intellectual property law while representing large companies in trademark matters including Bon Jovi and IBM. Michael currently lives in Miami and has a broad range of clients in the US and internationally. In addition to being a lawyer, he is a licensed real estate agent and mortgage broker.
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Kai J.

Kai Jacobs

Kai Jacobs is an attorney at law with more than two and a half decades’ worth of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Florida. Kai holds a J.D. degree in law, which he obtained from the Georgetown University Law Center. Kai specializes in dealing with legal matters that involve labor and employment law. He is also skilled in dealing with commercial contracts. Kai is currently serving as the founder and partner of Kai Jacobs PA.
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Christopher N.

Christopher Noel

Christopher Noel is an attorney at law who has more than three years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and received his Juris Doctorate degree in law from the University of Miami. Christopher has experience in various corporate legal practice areas. He often represents start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, but has also worked with Fortune 50 companies. Christopher has been serving as an attorney at Gordon & Rees since September 2015.
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Michael D.

Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn is a partner at Dunn Law, PA in Miami, where he specializes in commercial litigation, real estate law, new ventures, mediation, and bankruptcy. He was admitted to the Florida State Bar in 2012. He earned his Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law and also attended Trinity School of Law in Dublin, Ireland.
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Giselle G.

Giselle Guerra

Giselle Guerra is a commercial litigator who practices law in South Florida. She is an assistant attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office and has worked with companies such as Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, as well as Kenny Nachwalter PA. Giselle is part of the Cuban American Bar Association and is has also been registered with the Federal Bar Association since the beginning of 2015. She attended the Unviersity of Houston-Clear Lake, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2010.
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Natalie Z.

Natalie Zagury

Natalie Zagury specializes in both real estate and corporate law cases. She is working as an attorney at Zagury Scott and also holds the title of vice president at BNI Alliance. Natalie is a member of the ABA Young Lawyers Division and has also been registered at the Ms. Esquire Association. She completed her J.D. in 2015 and also hold additional certificates in business associations, copyright law, property law and more.
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Lourdes H.

Lourdes Hilliard

Lourdes Hilliard has a specific focus: helping entrepreneurs realize their vision. Lourdes is an entrepreneur herself and started her own boutique firm, The Brand Protected. In particular, she focuses on working with creative women entrepreneurs. She offers one-on-one services, group workshops, as well as a library of legal resources to her clients, that are all aimed at helping them grow a successful business.
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John W.

John Walter

John's experience ranges from advising technology startups to developing complex shareholder agreements. He has worked in corporate and merger and acquisition departments of one of the top law firms in Brazil. John is passionate about social entrepreneurship and is the author of the blog Banker’s Guide to Social Impact Bonds. His passion for law is largely influenced by his family of lawyers.
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Christopher H.

Christopher Hahn

Christopher practices law at Maurice Wutscher LLP with matters relating to commercial litigation, consumer credit litigation, insurance recovery, and advisory groups. Before joining the firm, he served under the General Counsel at the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. He also gained experience litigating property insurance claims through all phases of discovery and motion practice.
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Damian D.

Damian Daley

Damian Daley represents both individuals and businesses in legal matters such as product and professional liability, medical malpractice, commercial litigation, and premises liability. Prior to founding his own firm, Wilson Daley, PLLC, he worked for a prominent civil defense litigation firm. While there, he gained a wide range of experience, including representing Fortune 500 companies.
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David M. H.

David M. Harris, Esq.

Sometimes you need an attorney who can "do it all" for your business - an attorney such as David Harris. Mr. Harris can help small business owners with a variety of legal needs from formation to litigation defense. He can also help with trademarks, sales agreements, and even landlord-tenant issues. Mr. Harris can even lend a hand in family law disputes and personal injury matters.
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Alexander R.

Alexander Rattner

Alexander has worked for over three large law firms and is currently an associate attorney for Fowler White Burnett. He also worked for Shendell & Pollock in the Business Administration and Management department. He completed his judicial internship under Judge Gill S. Freeman in 2011. Other than intellectual property, Rattner specializes in commercial litigation, corporate formation, and counseling. He attended the University of Miami School of Law and graduated Cum Laude with a JD.
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Arturo A.

Arturo Arca

Arturo is currently a Business Attorney at Pragmatique Legal, PLLC. He also has experience as a Commercial Litigation Attorney working for Roig Lawyers, a NAMWOLF member law firm in 2015. He specializes in business law, employment contracts, commercial litigation, and real estate law. In 2008, he graduated from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law as a Doctor of Law. He also has a BBA in Finance from the Florida International University.
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Ugo N.

Ugo Nwadike

A native of Miami, Ugo Nwadike is an attorney specializing in business law, intellectual property law, immigration law, and litigation. In 2015, he started his own law firm, UBN Legal, P.A. in Coral Gables, Florida. He is also a Pro Bono Attorney for the Venture Law Project. While receiving his J.D. at St. Thomas University School of Law, Ugo was a member of the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review.
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Daniel B.

Daniel Benhayoun

Daniel Benhayoun’s boutique business law firm focuses primarily on estate planning, domestic and international taxes, tax litigation, real estate, foreclosure, and immigration. Formerly a corporate attorney in Venezuela, Daniel successfully negotiated multimillion dollar contracts both in the private and public sectors. He remains a member of the Venezuelan bar.
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Steven D.

Steven Davis

Steven Davis practices law in the Business and Real Estate departments for Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, of which he is a Partner. His main focus areas also include bankruptcy, foreclosures, collections, as well as intellectual property law. He is experienced in technology related matters because he worked as a computer programmer for IMB Corporation. Steven attended The University of Miami School of Law and graduated with his J.D. in 1982.
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Alexander V.

Alexander Varkas

I have more than 9 years of experience in the legal profession. My primary area of practice is business litigation in the areas (1) HOA/COA; (2) landlord/tenant; (3) forec... read more
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Emily C.

Emily Cabrera

Emily graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 2018. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Philosophy. Prior to and while she attended law school, E... read more
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Why Hire a Startup Lawyer?

Handling legal issues as a new business owner in Miami, Florida, may make it hard for you to focus on the growth and success of your company. Instead of worrying about whether to incorporate and which business entity to form, how to file for an employer identification number (EIN) from the IRS, and where to start for raising capital, you can hire a startup lawyer who will handle all of these concerns, plus any others that may come up.

Many startups work in the technology industry, so understanding the importance of protecting intellectual property is another necessity. Between the three different types of patents, trademarks, service marks, and copyrights, it's hard to know what your startup's intellectual property will qualify for and how to go about protecting it. Filing the necessary applications and documentation is also very complex.

Startup companies in the Miami area have several options when it comes to incorporating. The business owner can form a sole proprietorship if he or she is the only owner. But when you have multiple founders or owners, it becomes more complicated. An experienced attorney can help you determine the pros and cons of each option and then make an informed decision that will benefit your company. After you decide how to incorporate, your lawyer can help you fill out and file the paperwork with the state of Florida.

If your startup needs investors, you'll need to make sure to stay in line with all laws and requirements around capital investments. Drawing up contracts and documents that detail the investors' roles in the business as well as their ownership percentages must be done properly to avoid legal troubles in the future. Venture capitalists tend to have a lot of experience with startups, so they can find and exploit any loopholes or errors in the contracts.

With so many things to keep track of when starting a new business, it's always best to have a trusted legal partner who understands business laws and can help solve problems quickly and efficiently.

How to Find the Best Startup Lawyer

When your startup doesn't have legal support, it will be a lot more difficult to incorporate, bring on employees, and raise money from investors. Figuring out which forms to file and how to fill them out property is just one of the tasks that can cause confusion among new business owners.

As you seek out the top startup lawyer in Miami to work with your company, make sure to look for attorneys that have experience with other startups. Unlike established companies, brand-new startups have to face issues like hiring, applying for business licenses, patent protection as well as trademarks on logos or other designs, and generating contracts for investors, customers, and potential sellers.

One important step when finding the best startup lawyer is searching the Florida State Bar Association website. This resource will include lawyer referral services, helping you find one close to you in Miami. It also has information about whether attorneys within their databases have had any disciplinary action taken against them, or worse, if they've been disbarred. If the attorney you're considering working with isn't listed on the state bar website, this is a major red flag.

You can also read reviews online of potential startup lawyers in the Miami area. These reviews are helpful because they allow you to see how the experiences of other business owners were when working with the attorney.

After you select a few lawyers that seem to have the experience to handle your startup's needs, you can schedule a consultation to meet with each one in person. Bring a list of questions and concerns so you can get the answers you need before you make a decision. Make sure that you feel comfortable with the potential attorney, since you'll be working closely with him or her through a number of legal issues.

Questions for a Startup Lawyer

  • What is your previous experience working with startup companies?
  • What is your practice focus?
  • How long have you been practicing law in Florida?
  • Will we work with you or someone else within your law firm?
  • How well do you understand the industry of my startup?
  • How easily can we reach you if something urgent arises?
  • How do you prefer to communicate? Email, phone, other methods?
  • How do you charge companies for legal support? Hourly or flat rate?
  • Do you offer discounted rates to startups or small businesses?
  • How well do you handle technology in your legal practice?
  • Do you have time to take on the tasks associated with a new startup client?
  • Do you have experience helping any of your clients secure funding from investors?

Working with a knowledgeable startup attorney can help your Miami-based company thrive, allowing you to avoid a number of legal issues.

 


 

Legal Tips and Information

 


 

Miami Startup Attorneys

 

Startups need to find a lawyer that can meet and exceed their expectations while remaining inside their budget. Finding the best startup attorney in Miami is a matter of assessing the needs and wants of the company. There are four main areas of concern for the typical emerging business:

1.         Financing

2.         Legal activities in day-to-day life

3.         Customer and website agreements

4.         Corporate formation

Choosing a Miami startup lawyer that is very familiar with the specialty of the business is important. Most well-known and experienced Miami start up attorneys will have expertise in the four main areas of business formation.

 


 

How the Best Miami Startup Attorneys Help New Companies with Capital

The financial climate in the US isn’t currently ideal for emerging companies trying to raise capital. While the money may not come easily, it does exist, and the right Miami startup attorney can help guide a new company down a path that is most likely to lead to success in the area of raising capital. Here are four things startup founders can do to help:

 

Have a detailed business plan

 

Serious investors and willing to take a long hard look at a startup’s business plan. Making sure the company road map is in the best possible condition increases the chances of snagging solid investors. A great business plan should include the following elements:

  • Details about use of past and current funds
  • Audience segments
  • Target markets
  • Realistic pro formas
  • Financial models
  • Investor exit strategies
  • Competitive threats
  • First mover advantage

Before seeking the attention of investors, it’s a smart move to have a startup lawyer take a long look at the business plan. Seek out an experienced Miami startup attorney with experience in helping new businesses write compelling and complete business plans.

 

Raise Enough Capital During Each Round of Formation

 

Having a complete and detailed capital formation strategy requires founders to raise a predetermined amount of capital at various stages in the company’s early life. This is another area where the best startup lawyers will lend a helping hand. Most startup founders don’t have extensive experience with raising capital and ask for too little from initial investors or fail to seek out investors that have the ability to also fund subsequent capital formation rounds.

 

Generate Profits Quickly to Stimulate Interest in the Company from Investors

 

Revenue building, even early in the game, demonstrates a company’s ability to please the market and gives investors confidence in the company’s future. Great investors will look closely at how steep the revenue growth curve is and judge a company’s viability on this factor. Net profit margins and operating costs are also crucial early in a company’s life.

Founders need to be able to show that their company is scalable early in its life in order to secure necessary capital. A Miami startup lawyer can help founders make decisions that facilitate early revenue building and scalability.

 

Get into Investors' Heads

 

Founders that think like investors greatly increase their company’s chances of accessing the capital it needs. Understanding what excites and interests investors is just as important as knowing what red flags they’ll look for during the get-to-know-you phase and during the time when they are making decisions about whether or not to invest in the company. It takes more than money to overcome challenges in the marketplace and founders who understand this fact have an easier time relating to and forming lasting relationships with investors.

Miami startup lawyers understand the securing capital and making connections between high-quality startups and serious investors is a crucial part of their function in a new company. Finding a startup attorney in Miami who can discuss their successes in the area of raising capital alongside company founders is a worthy goal.

 


 

How Miami Startup Lawyers Help New Companies with Tax Strategy and Compliance

 

Many of the best Miami startup lawyers have experience walking new companies through tax compliance and strategy to maximize profits while staying well within the boundaries of the law.

Missing even one tax payment or making a simple error may mean lost revenue for a new company that can’t spare the extra money it’ll cost to set the situation right. Understanding whether to file losses and gains on personal taxes, taking appropriate deductions for business expenses, and staying up-to-date with tax payments may sound like a to-do list for an accountant, however an experienced startup lawyer can help founders make the right decisions leading up to these events that will help minimize the negative effect taxes may have on a company’s profitability.

Each state has its own tax rules and regulations, and Florida is no exception. Finding a startup attorney in Miami that is well-versed in the tax rules as they apply to startups is essential to the healthy growth of emerging companies in the area.

There’s value in choosing a lawyer that understands cost constraints, company culture, and can adapt to changing situations. Keep in mind that most startups use more than one attorney and may choose a professional with specific expertise when a one-of-a-kind situation presents itself.

 


 

The Miami Startup Scene

 

South Florida has a lot to offer startup founders. The entrepreneurial ecosystem is rich with resources that enable new companies to reach their goals quickly. Miami is one of the most active startup communities in the US. Angel investors, coworking spaces, startup events, and networking assistance are all easy to find in Miami.

 

Coworking Space in Miami

 

BUILDING

BUILDING is a coworking space that attracts technology companies. It is the Miami location for “500 Startups” and houses the local company Ironhack. It offers a rooftop event space, private offices, and dedicated desks.

 

EcoTech Visions

Located in North Miami, EcoTech Visions is an incubator for environmentally-focused products and businesses. Mentorship, light manufacturing, and workspace is all available for Miami-based startups. This coworking space also offers fellowship and externship programs for students in the area.

 

Miami Entrepreneurship Center (MEC)

The Miami Entrepreneurship Center is a not-for-profit coworking space with shared offices, networking events that happen weekly, and a multitude of educational opportunities. MEC was one of Miami’s first coworking spaces.

 

Pipeline

With locations in Coral Gables and Brickell, Pipeline offers conference rooms, event space, desks, and private offices. Small businesses are invited to collaborate for the good of all of the participants at Pipeline.

 

Starthub

Located in downtown Miami, Starthub is a Miami incubator program that helps companies strategize, market their products and ideas, and even handle web development. They have flexible space, private office suites, dedicated desks, and virtual office support, as well.

 

The LAB Miami

This collaborative event and work space is in Wynwood and is located inside a 10,000 square foot warehouse. LAB Miami members have 24/7 access to meeting rooms. Perks include lockers, free parking, and a bike share program.

 


 

Startup Funding Sources

 

AGP Miami

 

This Miami-based network includes angel investors who are willing to provide smart capital for entrepreneurs who classify themselves as disruptive. Accelerated Growth Partners Miami takes applications from startups to participate in pitch meetings every four weeks. Investments range from $50k to $500k.

 

Endeavor Miami

 

Endeavor Miami mentors a group of companies that are poised to strengthen the market by creating high-value jobs. This funding group is primarily concerned with removing economic and cultural barriers to entrepreneurship and cultivating startups in the Miami area.

 

FAU Startup Runway

 

This program provides the emerging companies selected to participate with fundraising, launch assistance, and research. It is a Florida Atlantic University program based on MIT and Stanford curricula.

 

Idea.me

 

Founded in Chile and Argentina, Idea.me recently chose Miami as the location for its expansion into the United States. Idea.me’s Create Miami initiative offers matching funds of up to $5k for local projects.

 

Incubeach.MIAMI

 

This organization assists early stage companies from Eastern and Central Europe and Israel with the transition to Miami. Incubeach.MIAMI helps startups connect with a network of supporters that includes funders.

 


 

Connecting with the Miami Startup Community

 

There are many opportunities to connect with the local startup community for Miami, even for founders that are new in town. The monthly speaker series, Brainfood at The LAB is a great place to start. Located at the coworking space in Wynwood, this series invites a successful local entrepreneur to offer advice to aspiring local emerging company founders each month.

MentorDay, created by local entrepreneur Juan Lopez Salaberry, arranges monthly 45-minutes one-on-one sessions between seasoned business owners and startup founders to help solve the emerging company’s most pressing problems. This is a free program scheduled for the third Friday of each month. Company founders must apply to participate.

South Florida’s tech and entrepreneurial community enjoys ongoing support from Refresh Miami. Educational workshops, meetups, and a busy job board are all part of the services provided by this key organization. Refresh Miami is responsible for more than 100 networking events in the area.

Smart City Startups hosts an annual summit that showcases 100 local startups with a focus on solving urban problems with technological innovation. Multiple panels and workshops help company founders find funding and seek answers to their most pressing questions. The summit is a world-famous event that attracts founders from many countries.

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