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Steven S.

Steven Stark

303 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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Daehoon P.

Daehoon Park

2 reviews
Daehoon Park primarily focuses on legal issues that arises with commercial transactions. He also specializes in commercial contracts, immigration matters, trademarks and general business operations. Daehoon is licensed to practice law in New York. He received his law degree from the Washington College of Law. Before graduating, Daehoon obtained experience while working with the cross-border trade operations at a corporate trading company.
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Jonathan M.

Jonathan Marashlian

2 reviews
Jonathan Marashlian has been a licensed Attorney for over 17 years. He is now the Managing Partner of Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group. Previously, he was a Partner for Helein & Associates, PC and a Partner of The Helein Law Group, LLC. His main focus is in the area of Telecommunications, but he also handles cases regarding Tax, Intellectual Property and more. He studied with the George Mason University School of Law and graduated with his J.D.in 1998.
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Glenn M.

Glenn Manishin

94 reviews
Glenn Manishin is the managing partner at Paradigmshift Law LLP and founded the law firm in 2015. The focus of his law firm lies within Internet technology and business law. Attorney Manishin has a mission in place to help clients and companies find creative and efficient ways for their business models to navigate through legal and regulatory barriers. Attorney Manishin has worked with top companies including Sports Fans Coalition, Inc., Consumer Federation of America, and more.
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James E.

James Elliott

2 reviews
James R. Elliott has served the Hampton Roads area in a number of different legal needs during his career. He would be happy to show you the attention and care that your le... read more
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Marc M.

Marc Mehrespand

A well-rounded securities and corporate lawyer with over 15 years of experience counseling clients on corporate law and federal and state securities laws. Core competencies... read more
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James D.

James Delfiore

James Delfiore is a litigation attorney with 16 years of experience. He primarily focuses on real estate matters, including commercial transactions, litigation and agreements. James is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and in Rhode Island. He graduated from the Rogen Williams University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in law. James also has experience in employment law and debt-related legal matters. In 2014, he started his own law firm.
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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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Why Hire a Startup Attorney?

When you start a new business, it pays to bring on the best experts you can afford. Whether those experts are visual designers, master chefs, or biologists depends on your industry, but there are two experts you always want on hand, lawyers and accountants.

An accountant can help you set your short and long-term budgets, craft an affordable business plan, and understand your tax obligations. A lawyer can help you organize your business, negotiate with your partners, and carve out a space for yourself using intellectual property laws.

However, you would normally have to contact several different lawyers or law firms to handle all those problems. That's why startup attorneys have started to appear. These top attorneys can tackle different jobs personally or through contacts of their own. That's because a startup lawyer has a lot of ground to cover:

  • Business entity organization. Choosing your business type is a matter of ownership, convenience, industry standards, taxes, and lawsuit liability. A small business just starting out might have a single owner or a limited partnership, or it could go straight to a limited liability company or a corporation. A startup attorney can help you figure out which one is best and when you should switch business types.
  • Contracts. Putting it all on paper is only the first step. It's important to be clear and precise when you write contracts. You should have someone who can negotiate for your side when you sign the contracts of others. A startup lawyer can do all that and help you understand contract law at the same time. They can help you work out contracts with your employees, your customers and clients, your distributors and suppliers, and even real estate owners.
  • Intellectual property. Copyrights are relatively painless, but getting a registered trademark and a patent can be a long and expensive journey. To get through it, you need someone who can take you all the way to the goal. Just hiring a trademark lawyer improves your odds of a successful registration by 50 percent.

How to Find the Best Startup Attorneys in Richmond

Virginia's capital city isn't as big as the Washington suburbs to the north or the Hampton Roads sprawl to the south, but it has plenty to offer a startup. Major industries include biotech and drug research, finances, and advertising are located there, but there are lots of other fields as well. Gourmet restaurants are showing up, too, making Richmond a heaven for foodies.

Part of this is thanks to Richmond's great location along the James River, but it's also due to some very startup-friendly tax incentives created by Virginia and the city of Richmond. Help is never hard to find, either, thanks to another one of Richmond's specialties, the legal profession.

However, not all legal advice is good, and not everyone needs expensive legal protection. A cellphone startup has to deal with a lot of lawsuits and patent defenses, but a restaurant owner usually doesn't. So if you want the best startup attorney for your business, you'll need to do some research.

  • Understand Your Approach

Do you go on the offensive or do you try to talk things out until the last minute? Would you rather play it safe and secure or do you want to take risks and put everything on the line for a big payout? A good startup law firm can help you switch things up occasionally, but they should also be comfortable with your favorite strategy.

  • Stick with the Specialists

Not all startups are the same. Lawyers and firms can specialize in certain industries, which means they can put you in touch with the right clients and suppliers to get your business going. You can speak to other startups in your industry to find out which lawyers offer the best and fastest services.

  • Understand Your Budget and Needs

Different industries have different legal woes. Some have to sign and create a lot of complicated contracts and defend their IP like a guard dog. Others can coast by on a few basic employment contracts and some friendly competition. If you know how much legal help your company will need, you'll know how much to budget for a startup lawyer.

Questions for a Startup Attorney

  • Can you give me references for your service quality?
  • What's the average experience level at your firm?
  • How much do your startup services cost? How much do you charge for consultations and document preparation?
  • Are you familiar with my industry? Do you have contacts I can use?
  • How quickly should I expect you to respond when I have a legal problem?
  • Can your firm deal with all my legal issues, directly or indirectly? If indirectly, whom else do you use?

A relationship with a startup attorney can last for as long as you own your company. Be careful which lawyer you hire, as careful as you are with every other major business decision.

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