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Steven S.

Steven Stark

445 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

272 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

197 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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Gabor S.

Gabor Szecsi

2 reviews
Gabor graduated from USF law school and he is also a Hungarian qualified attorney. His practice areas include business and corporate law. Gabor has worked with numerous inc... read more
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Kathleen H.

Kathleen Harrell-Latham

Kathleen Harrel-Latham is a business attorney with experience as an in-house counsel and through her private practice. She has more than 10 years of experience in business law and is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Kansas. Kathleen focuses on startup business operations, bankruptcy, employment law, commercial contracts and mergers. She started her own company, The Contingent Plan, in 2016. Prior to this movement, she was an attorney at Loop Legal PLLC.
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David B.

David Bismuth

2 reviews
David Bismuth represents and advises entrepreneurs and investors in a wide range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, and entertainment. David’s practice foc... read more
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Matthew  S.

Matthew Sims

2 reviews
Matthew has 11 years experience working both in-house and in private firms. He has significant experience reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts including SaaS, NDA... read more
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Kyle R.

Kyle Richard

2 reviews
Kyle graduated from the University of Washington School of Law and holds a has a bachelor's degree in finance. His practice includes business law, commercial contracts, int... read more
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Ej A.

Ej Archuleta

EJ Archuleta is an attorney and entrepreneur based in Austin. He is the co-founder of Scanther, a technology startup that develops apps and online solutions for businesses. Previously, he founded a law firm that specialized in immigration, business, and family law. He also has experience with business formation, contracts, and intellectual property. EJ holds a J.D. from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
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Thomas Lindberg

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Thomas Lindberg is a business lawyer with over two decades worth of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota. Thomas has a Juris Doctorate degree in law, which he obtained after he graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School. He primarily specializes in mergers and acquisitions. Thomas is also skilled in reviewing, negotiating and drafting commercial contracts. He has been serving as a contract attorney at Wood Nichols since November 2017.
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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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On UpCounsel, you can find and connect with top-rated Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland, OR.

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

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