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Steven S.

Steven Stark

304 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

213 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

159 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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Kristie P.

Kristie Parker

Kristie Parker is an entrepreneurial-minded commercial transactions attorney specializing in the technology sector. She has more than ten years of legal experience, includi... read more
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Ray L.

Ray Lord

For the last 15 years, Ray Lord has been the sole practitioner at Lord Law Firm, LLC, where he handles bankruptcy, estate planning, asset protection, traffic tickets, and divorce cases. He is also a part-time deputy coroner of the Richland County Coroner’s Foundation charity. Mr. Lord graduated first in his class at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and received the J.P. Strom Award.
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Mark A.

Mark Appleberry

38 reviews
Mark Appleberry has more than 20 years of experience as a business attorney. He is also an experienced entrepreneur and a business executive. Mark has a license to practice law in Pennsylvania and has a J.D. in law, which he obtained from the Boston University School of Law. Mark is a startup attorney and a business consultant at his own legal firm, but also serves as an outside general counsel for numerous clients throughout the United States.
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Michael F.

Michael Fucci

7 reviews
Michael Fucci is a general business attorney with more than 15 years of experience. He has dealt with numerous legal cases that involves real estate, business formation, business consulting and other related practice areas. Michael graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law and is licensed to practice law in California. He has represented GEANCO, Intraceuticals, Christian Vision and numerous other clients. Michael started his own law firm in 2014.
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Ryan N.

Ryan Noory

2 reviews
Ryan Noory has assisted corporate clients of all sizes for the past 16 years. He is licensed to practice law in California and received his J.D. in law after he graduated from the Northwest University School of Law. Ryan has represented numerous corporate clients, including Samsung, at&t and match.com. He has been a senior counselor at the RBNM Group since January 2013. Between 2016 and 2017, Ryan was also on the board of advisors at Robb Capital.
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Eric M.

Eric Misterovich

Attorney Eric Misterovich is licensed to practice law in Michigan and handles an array of legal cases, but specializes in technology and Internet law. He is dedicated to helping artists, graphic designers, musicians, web developers, game developers, and similar fields of work. His experience includes copyright and trademark law, business law, and crowdsourcing. Attorney Misterovich is a Board Member of the Krasl Art Center and a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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Joseph L.

Joseph Leak

9 reviews
When you have a legal dispute, having an attorney who can both litigate and negotiate deals is an invaluable resource. Joseph Leak has both a litigation and a business practice that extends to individuals, startups, and regional and national businesses. He can deal with issues related to securities, real estate, business entity formation or selection, fundraising, and civil litigation.
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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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