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Steven S.

Steven Stark

274 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

156 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

196 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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Steven G.

Steven Gregory

5 reviews
Steven Gregory is a general counsel with more than 21 years of experience. He has a background in dealing with cases related to business formation, commercial transactions, employment law and real estate legal matters. Steven has represented Texas Roadhouse, SeenStream LLC and many other corporate clients. He started his own law firm in 2010 and also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Indiana Wesleyan University. Steven is licensed to practice law in Kentucky.
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Raya S.

Raya Salter

Raya Salter is an attorney at law with eight years of experience in the corporate legal field. She primarily focuses on providing her legal assistance to environmental and energy-related industries. Raya’s main focus areas include business formation and general business operations. She often works with non-profits. Raya is licensed to practice law in New York. She attended the Fordham University School of Law. Since 2015, Raya has been the principal at Imagine Power LLC.
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Joshua F.

Joshua Freeman

Joshua Freeman is a corporate attorney that has extensive experience in dealing with commercial real estate transactions as well. He primarily works with startup companies, but have also worked with larger corporations. Joshua is licensed to practice law in Utah. He received his law degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Joshua is currently the founding partner at his own law firm.
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Brian L.

Brian Lundin

After gaining experience from his Litigation work for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Brian Lundin became the Founder and Principal of Lundin Law PC. His law firm specializes in Transactional and Litigation work - including motion work, settling cases, and negotiating agreements. He has also gained experience working for Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP for almost 4 years. In 2009, he graduated with his J.D. from the University of Southern California.
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Raye M.

Raye Mitchell

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Raye Mitchell is passionate about supporting the success of women and girls. In recent years, she has become a motivational speaker, working with both individuals and corporate clients to inspire women to be global leaders. She is also recognized as an entertainment producer, social entrepreneur, and published author.
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Rocco C.

Rocco Cozza

3 reviews
Rocco Cozza has been licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania for more than 14 years. He often assists startup companies in dealing with legal matters related to business formation, but he also has experience in contract drafting, employment law, intellectual property law and commercial transactions. Rocco attended the Duquesne University School of Law. He started his own law firm, the Law Office of Rocco E Cozza, in 2013.
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A.J. Ruggieri

Attorney A.J. Ruggieri is an experienced attorney that brings more to the table than just legal experience. In fact, Attorney Ruggieri previously served as a law enforcement officer, Spanish language courtroom interpreter, and a real estate sales expert. With a diversified background, Attorney Ruggieri specializes in wills and estate planning, commercial real estate, traffic and DUI cases, and immigration. Attorney Ruggieri has received prestigious awards including Central Illinois Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2009.
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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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