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Steven S.

Steven Stark

305 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

160 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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Mandana J.

Mandana Jafarinejad

2 reviews
Mandana Jafarinejad is a patent attorney with seven years of experience. She is exceptionally skilled in dealing with corporate legal matters that involves trademark and copyright law. Mandana has been licensed to practice law in California and she is a member of the California Patent Bar. She attended the Western State University College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in law. Mandana has been serving as a patent attorney at MJIP An Intellectual Property Firm since 2011.
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Payal C.

Payal Cadman

Payal Cadman is an experienced attorney with a background in litigation as well as basic estate planning for individuals and families and contracts. She is a graduate of Lo... read more
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Adam G.

Adam Goodman

Adam was an Associate for Pepper Hamilton LLP for over 3 years, and is currently a Clinical Intern with Council for Relationships. He has experience in drafting motions and participating in the discovery for complex pharmaceutical litigation. Adam has also had a Pro Bono practice where he focused on landlord-tenant disputes, and winning at trial in the Orphan's Court. He obtained his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.
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Robert L.

Robert Linch

Since 2015, Robert has worked as a solo practitioner offering small and medium sized businesses legal services including transaction matters, general counsel services, and business litigation. Rob has played a key role in the planning, incorporation, launch, and development of a successful startup company where he continues to serve as the chief legal counsel.
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David N.

David Niebauer

2 reviews
David Niebauer is a business lawyer who focuses on providing his legal services to companies in the technology industry. He has a strong focus on intellectual property law, and often assists the newly formed companies with their legal matters. David is licensed to practice law in California and he obtained his J.D. in law after he graduated from the Brooklyn Law School. Since April 2012, David has been the director of business development, as well as a general counselor at Brillouin Energy Corp.
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Erin M.

Erin Mcclarty

15 reviews
Erin McClarty is a corporate counsel that has over six years’ experience. She has extensive experience in working with legal documents, but is also acquainted with employment, business formation, trademark, copyright and numerous other business law legal matters. Erin has been the legal manager at CGG for the past two years. She has also worked as a legal counsel at Weatherford and as a legal clerk at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
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Robert S.

Robert Shipley

3 reviews
Chicago’s vitality depends on successful businesses. These Chicago businesses can depend on Robert Shipley to provide the best results. Specializing in construction and general business law, he believes in solid contracts, sound insurance strategies, and problem-solving that helps businesses stay ahead of the trends and avoid the snags. Robert is listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
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Why Hire a Startup Lawyer?

Today's entrepreneur has a lot on their plate. Depending on the type of business you're starting, there are ideas to brainstorm, services to plan, and prototypes to build. You should concentrate on your unique brand development and not spend endless hours researching permits, laws, trademarks, patents, and other specialty information. For example, when opening a business in Portland, you need to make sure your business name is available, register with Portland and Multnomah County, obtain local licenses and permits, comply with ADA legislation, and handle any environmental issues your company may face.

If you're developing the company with others, it's crucial to lay out the rights and responsibilities of each person up front so there are no disputes down the line. Friendly verbal agreements seem OK at first, but when the capital begins to roll in, having an airtight contract will help ensure that the company founders will continue to work together. Many business's have taken flight only to fail when discord blooms among its founding members. Planning in advance helps avoid such a disaster.

Lawsuits and fines can result unless you know where the pitfalls are. A local startup lawyer knows:

  • The Portland scene and what customers, governmental entities, and local suppliers expect of your firm.
  • The red flags associated with liability.
  • The Portland employment climate.

If you've been served with court documents, it's already too late. A good startup attorney can help you avoid problems in the first place. Also, when you begin hiring employees, you'll know what to expect of them and what they will expect from you.

They can also advise on ways to do business that allow you to avoid tax liabilities. The last thing you want is a tax audit without having your bases covered. While an accountant is useful, keeping the books yourself is a great way to keep tabs on all expenditures. It's a task that many entry-level businesspeople can handle. Knowing the tax traps, however, is something that requires years of experience and familiarity. This is when a startup attorney is a huge asset.

If you need extra capital for your venture, your startup lawyer can advise you on everything from convertible notes and angel investors to stock offerings. They can make sure that you don't undersell your business or enter transactions that can damage your financial future. Since your attorney is connected with the Portland business scene, dropping their name can also give credibility to would-be investors.

How to Find the Best Startup Lawyer

The person who works best for your company will simply feel right. They will be enthusiastic about your ideas and have experience that relates to your plans. If you're opening a restaurant, for example, your attorney will be vastly different from one who works primarily with tech firms. Trust your gut when selecting your startup lawyer. You should have similar interests and connect on many levels when you start discussing your business plan.

It's best to consult an attorney before even setting up your business entity. Whether you'll be a corporation, an LLC, a sole proprietor, or a partnership all depends on how large you're planning on becoming, what sort of industry you're involved in, how many people are involved, and countless other factors. These factors should also influence your decision when picking an attorney. Larger startups, for example, will probably require a senior representative instead of a fledgling attorney with only a few years of experience.

Since you're likely already involved in the business scene, reach out to others in your field for referrals. If you're opening a construction company, friends you've made can point you in the right direction. People network for a reason, and locating the perfect lawyer is a good example why.

The internet is a necessary resource when finding the right lawyer. Online reviews are extremely helpful and are often detailed enough to determine if a lawyer's specific strengths and weaknesses will work for you. For instance, if reviews show that an attorney is slow to respond to inquiries, this may be a deal breaker for you.

Questions to Ask a Potential Startup Lawyer

  • Where did you graduate, and how many years of experience do you have?
  • How many years have you been working with Portland startups like mine?
  • What is your fee structure? How and when do you bill for services?
  • What is your preferred manner of communication?
  • What do you do in your spare time? (You'll be working closely with this person for years, and having common interests can help create a successful relationship.)

No matter what stage you're in for your business venture, a Portland startup lawyer can help you develop a business contract, get the necessary licenses and permits, and make sure that your startup company is complying with ADA legislation.

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