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Steven S.

Steven Stark

462 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

274 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

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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Katherine L. T.

Katherine L. Taylor

4 reviews
Katherine Taylor has over 30 years of experience in the legal field. She has worked with premier law firms and government bodies on legal cases, as well as with numerous corporate clients that included both startups and larger corporations. Some of her corporate clients include MHI Hotel Services, Kroop’s Goggles, Houlihan’s Columbia and PCF Management. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland. Katherine has acted as the founder of Taylor Legal since 2004.
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Star C.

Star Consulting LLC

2 reviews
Christopher S.B. Woo is ranked among the top 100 trial lawyers in Hawai'i. Among his areas of practice are debt and bankruptcy law, tax litigation, estate planning, and corporate law. Since 2003, he has been in private practice. Previously he worked as Defense Counsel for the Department of Corporation Counsel, Honolulu. Christopher holds a J.D. from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law.
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Mark S.

Mark Schiff

2 reviews
Mark Schiff has 38 years of experience and helps both businesses and entrepreneurs throughout their business formation and journey. Attorney Schiff specializes in business litigation and he is heavily involved in the manufacturing and technology niches. Mr. Schiff is here to help you and is also an approved mediator for the Law and Chancery divisions within the Circuit Court of Cook County.
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Shailendra M.

Shailendra Maheshwari

2 reviews
Highly experienced legal and business strategist with a demonstrated history of successful outcomes for clients in the Legal Sector. Strong entrepreneurship professional wi... read more
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Shara L.

Shara Lerman

Shara founded the Lerman Law Group in 2012 and has represented clients on matters ranging from small local transactions to large international business deals. She is experienced in working with both public and private entities, ranging from entrepreneurs to large multi-national companies. Before establishing her own firm, she practiced at several large law firms.
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Jamie S.

Jamie Sklar

In additional to being an attorney, Jamie Sklar also holds an MBA. Because of this, he is knowledgeable about company valuations, marketing, corporate strategy, and tax. Jamie is currently a partner at Bailey Duquette, and he focuses his practice on corporate and commercial transactions as well as M&A.
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Blake J.

Blake Johnson

Following in his father’s footsteps, Blake Johnson has always had a passion for business and used his upbringing around law to combine the two industries. Watching his father give legal advice in helping businesses get set up correctly, Blake Johnson focused his career path on understanding everything about business and estate planning. Spending time with his own family and staying active has taught him even more about hard work and dedication, which he brings to his practice and clients.
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Areas of Legal Concern for the Startup

 

Startups often share common legal concerns – wherever they are located, Minneapolis or elsewhere – and as such, a startup attorney must either provide quality services in those particular legal areas, or be well-networked for referral purposes.  Even if a startup attorney is not specialized in an area of legal concern commonly associated with startups, they should (at the very least) have a cursory understanding of the law such that they can advise you on next steps and refer you to suitable specialized attorneys.

 

Generally speaking, a skilled startup attorney should be able to advise on and process initial issues related to the following areas:

 

Contract Law

 

The best startup attorneys are not only capable of drafting explicit contracts that clearly communicate each party’s intentions at the time of execution, but will also advise on the advantages and disadvantages of particular contract provisions so as to minimize the potential for unexpected issues down the road.  Some startup attorneys may also be able to handle contract litigation in the event of a dispute, though such disputes are often handled by a specialized litigator.

 

Employment Law

 

As a startup grows, human capital becomes an increasingly important – and somewhat difficult to manage – resource.  Your startup attorney should be able to draft an employment agreement and associated agreements (such as an NDA or confidentiality agreement).  A good startup attorney will also advise your team on how to avoid potentially disastrous employment litigation, and will help you structure your employment process accordingly.

 

Intellectual Property Law

 

For many startups, intellectual property serves as the foundation of the business and its value offering.  Securing one’s intellectual property rights is therefore crucial to continued survival and growth.  Most qualified startup attorneys will have some experience with registering trademarks, copyrights, and patents (though for patents, further referral to a specialized patent attorney may be necessary), and will advise on strategic issues as they come up.  This is key: your startup attorney is not simply a proxy for proceeding with registration “busy work.”   Your startup attorney should be able to advise you on the quality of your trademark and copyright, and whether they are likely to be enforceable.

 


 

What Makes for a Good Startup Attorney?

 

Self-proclaimed startup attorneys are a rather diverse group with a wide variety of professional experiences – some hailing from a “big law” corporate practice background, others from a more generalist, small firm background.  Though there are real experiential differences between attorneys, a truly great startup attorney is not obvious from a résumé alone.  He or she must exhibit certain core qualities and maintain a professional offering that is well-adapted to the unique concerns of entrepreneurial ventures.

 

Personalized Service

 

The best startup attorneys provide personalized service to their clients.  There is no clear blueprint for the provision of legal services to startups, as modern startups tend to be disruptive in their chosen industry.  Thus, a skilled startup attorney will not attempt to shoehorn in a one-size-fits-all process, but will instead take the time to develop a customized offering that meets your company’s particular needs.  Beware of lazy attorneys!  You do not have to compromise on quality to get reasonably-priced, personalized services.  The UpCounsel platform has thousands of skilled attorneys ready to go the extra mile for you and your startup.

 

Highly Adaptive

 

The nature of many modern startups is – as we earlier described – disruptive.  In your industry, you may find that your business pushes the boundaries of existing regulation.  Executing an industry shake-up requires an attorney with an adaptive mindset and the legal expertise necessary to help you avoid noncompliance with existing regulation.

 

Regulation of your industry may change drastically over the coming years.  An attorney who is highly adaptive will be able to more skillfully predict and react to such changes.

 

Well-Connected

 

Your Minneapolis startup attorney should be tapped into a network of relevant professionals – both legal and industry-related.  For example, if you are operating an agricultural startup, you’ll likely benefit from working with an attorney who has industry-related legal experience and who is well-connected with other agricultural professionals (and companies!).  Well-connected attorneys have a finger on the pulse of change, giving them a significant advantage compared to other startup attorneys when it comes to strategically advising on legal issues in their “connected” industry.

 


 

Continuing the Professional Relationship

 

When you’re first starting out with an attorney, you may not be ready to enter into a long-term professional relationship – and rightly so.  Perhaps you’d like to test for compatibility with your team and judge the attorney’s work-product with smaller, more immediate tasks.  Ultimately, your chosen attorney may be the sole legal advisor associated with your startup in the beginning, and as such, it is crucial that you are comfortable with your long-term contract attorney both personally and professionally.

 

Of course, if you and your team do not have experience working with legal industry professionals, it can be difficult to make a decision as to continuing to work with your current attorney, or looking for a new one on UpCounsel.  Your team may be frustrated with certain aspects of the startup attorney’s services.  At what point do these frustrations legitimize an end to the professional relationship?  How do you know whether an attorney is worth continuing a relationship with in the long-term?

 


 

Professional Compatibility

 

If your hired startup attorney is not professionally compatible with you and/or your team, then this may signal a long-term problem in the working relationship.

 

Essentially, an attorney that is professionally incompatible will have a work process that is fundamentally at odds with you and/or your team’s work process.  For example, your attorney may not be responsive with emails, even after repeated requests that he or she be more responsive.  If your business handles important decision-making and information-sharing concerns over email, then having an unresponsive attorney can seriously interfere with workplace efficiency.

 

Professional compatibility issues should be addressed with your attorney at first.  If your attorney is resistant to compromise, then you may want to consider finding a new attorney for the long-term.

 


 

Personal Compatibility

 

Though not strictly necessary, personal compatibility goes a long way towards ensuring a successful attorney-client relationship.  Startup attorneys will work closely with you and your team at many stages of the business, and personality friction can make this working relationship much more of a hassle – causing additional and unwanted stress at an already stressful time.

 

Before hiring a Minneapolis startup attorney on UpCounsel, make sure to engage with them personally, whether in-person, through a video-chat meeting, or phone call.  It’s important that you get to know the attorney so that you can more accurately judge whether they will be a good fit for your workplace culture.

 


 

Check Ratings Beforehand

 

Attorneys on the UpCounsel platform have ratings and reviews left by previous (and current) clients.  UpCounsel profiles also indicate how many repeat customers an attorney has, which is a great tool for preliminarily assessing whether an attorney works well with others.  Always check an attorney’s reviews on the platform before hiring – you may come across information that indicates an unworkable incompatibility.

 

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On UpCounsel, you can find and connect with top-rated Minneapolis startup attorneys & lawyers that provide a range of startup law services for startups and entrepreneurs that are starting a business. Any of the top-rated Minneapolis startup lawyers you connect with will be available to help with a variety of your startup law related legal needs on-demand or on an ongoing basis in the city of Minneapolis, MN.

From primarily dealing with things like business formation, contracts, leases, equity financing, securities, and intellectual property protection, the Minneapolis startup lawyers on UpCounsel can help you with a variety of specialized and general startup law related legal matters. No matter what type of startup law needs you have, you can easily hire an experienced Minneapolis startup lawyer on UpCounsel to help you today.

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