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Steven S.

Steven Stark

252 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

152 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

181 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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Patrick M.

Patrick Maslyn

2 reviews
Patrick Maslyn is a franchise attorney that solely specializes in corporate clients that would like to initiate a franchise system into their existing business model. He is licensed to practice law in Virgina and the District of Columbia. Patrick has represented numerous corporate clients, including Fitness Evolution and Goosehead Insurance Agency. He founded his own law firm, Maslyn Law PLC, in October 2009, where he now acts as the founding member and head attorney.
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Jessica H.

Jessica Hoyt

2 reviews
Jessica Hoyt is a corporate attorney with more than half a decade worth of experience. She has been licensed to practice law in Colorado and obtained her Juris Doctor degree in law after she graduated from the Ave Maria School of Law. Jessica primarily focuses on providing her legal services to entrepreneurs, small business and startup companies. Jessica recently served as the director of international law and regulation at GLOBIG.
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Jeremy F.

Jeremy Fancher

Jeremy Fancher is a commercial attorney with three years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in law from the University of Michigan. Jeremy primarily specializes in reviewing, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. He is also experienced in labor and employment law. Jeremy has been serving as an associate and a commercial litigation attorney at Bryan Cave since October 2015.
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Jason P.

Jason Polen

2 reviews
Jason Polen is now the Business Lawyer at StaTerra Law. He is equipped to handle many legal matters, and with a background in business he now assists companies with implementing preventative policies. He is well-equipped in drafting and reviewing contracts, protecting intellectual property and implementing employee policies. Jason obtained a J.D. in Business Law from The Lewis & Clark Law School. He has also obtained his B.A. in International Affairs and International Economic Development.
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Laura S.

Laura Slezinger

Based in San Francisco, Laura Slezinger is specialized in intellectual property and Internet law. She has counseled startups and entrepreneurs on a broad range of topics including issues related to technology, media, and privacy. In addition to her J.D., Laura holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. She has lectured widely and also volunteers her time with Girls in Tech.
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Avi G.

Avi Ganatra

Avi Ganatra is a business transactional attorney. He has been licensed to practice law in New York for one year, but he has more than 22 years of experience as an attorney. Avi has experience in numerous corporate legal practice areas, including business formations, commercial contracts, securities and corporate transactions. In 2014, Avi started his own law firm, Ganatra Law PLLC. Prior to starting this law firm, Avi was a partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP.
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Chris S.

Chris Smith

With Chris Smith, you will hire a professional who understands the importance of having a lawyer as a strategic partner. Chris focuses largely on personal planning, business, and estate planning. He offers legal counsel on a wide variety of legal issues, including business disputes, collections, civil litigation, and executive domestic matters.
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Why Hire a Startup Attorney?

No matter what industry your startup business is in, there are two experts you should hire to make sure your company launches successfully: an accountant and an attorney. By helping you with financial and legal issues, these professionals let you spend your time on business ownership and management.

The reason you'd hire a lawyer or a law firm that calls itself a startup specialist is because the field is very broad in the U.S. Business law has several subcategories big enough for a law firm to handle only those cases. But a startup needs to deal with every kind of business law at once, and so they need a firm that can do the same.

For instance, business law includes:

  • Intellectual property law. This includes copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Most businesses have to deal with trademark law, even if they don't plan to register one. That being said, hiring an attorney to help with your trademark gives you a 50 percent better chance of approval. A top lawyer can also let you know which other IP protections you need, how you can get them, and if you should protect your IP later.
  • Business organization and entity decisions. Startups don't turn into megacorporations overnight, and until yours does, you need to decide how to organize it. Options include single ownership, limited and general partnerships, an LLC, and full incorporation. Each type has tax advantages and drawbacks, and the best lawyers can help you figure out which one works best for you.
  • Contract law. Aside from products and services you sell to the public (and sometimes even then), every professional relationship your company has comes with a contract. This includes employees, clients, suppliers, contractors, and distributors. If you want to make sure these relationships are honest and not harmful to your company, you need a top lawyer who can create, read, and negotiate these contracts for you.
  • Property law. Once you get past the point of working out of your garage or home office, you need to lease commercial or office space. These are contracts, too, and you should have a lawyer who can handle them.

How to Find the Best Startup Attorneys in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City has the advantage of a solid industrial foundation that isn't going anywhere. The city is practically the capital of the southern Great Plains, and just about all the ranches and farms in the region funnel through here.

However, the farm and cattle industries aren't the only ones responsible for Oklahoma City's vast skyline. The state capital is also home to several major energy corporations, and the number of small businesses is going up. Oklahoma City is cooler and windier than East Texas, plus the taxes and cost of living are both low. For these reasons, the city government has pushed to make small business loans more available. These days, dozens of startups and small businesses appear every year.

To support these companies, startup attorneys are becoming more common in Oklahoma City. However, not every firm is as good as the next. You need to decide what kind of lawyer and firm you want, so you should keep several things in mind.

  • Personality matching. Do you take big risks or do you play it safe? Do you take an aggressive approach, or do you play nice? Your startup attorney may be with you for a long time, so you should make sure you won't spend your time arguing over the details.
  • Size and fees. A big firm has a lot of staff and resources, but it usually has the fees to match. A smaller firm won't drain as much of your startup loan, but it also can't help as much. Which one you choose is as much about your industry as your funds. If IP laws are important and the competition uses lawsuits as a kind of greeting, a big firm on permanent retainer is a good investment.
  • Client reviews. Lawsuit and contract details may be confidential, but which companies hire which firms is usually public knowledge. You should ask your fellow startups which firms they trust, and you should ask firms you're interested in whether they understand your industry and have references you can check.

Questions for a Startup Attorney

  • How many years have you been a professional lawyer?
  • How many years have you helped other startups in my industry?
  • Can your firm handle every legal aspect of starting a business in Oklahoma City? If not, do you have contacts with other law firms that can fill in the blanks?
  • Can you respond to a legal crisis in less than 24 hours?
  • How do you structure your fees? How much would it cost to put your firm on retainer?
  • Can you put me in touch with other startups like mine for references to help my business grow?

A startup attorney should be someone you can get along with for a long time. Make sure you choose carefully.

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From primarily dealing with things like business formation, contracts, leases, equity financing, securities, and intellectual property protection, the Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City startup lawyer on UpCounsel to help you today.

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