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Steven S.

Steven Stark

252 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

151 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

181 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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Raihan I.

Raihan Islam

Raihan Islam is a freelance Trial Attorney works for the Halluer Law Firm. This law firm in particular focuses on legal matters such as criminal defense, family law, personal injury, estate planning and military law. Raihan has a background in IT, marketing and management and he handles commercial contract drafting and disputes - managing legal risks and costs.
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Travis L.

Travis Lee

Travis Lee is an attorney at law who has been serving corporate clients for more than six years. He has been licensed to practice law in Virginia and received a Juris Doctor law degree from the Appalachian School of Law. Travis primarily focuses on legal matters that involve real estate law. He is also experienced in providing his legal assistance to start-up companies and entrepreneurs. Travis has been serving as an associate at the Campbell Law Firm since February 2013.
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Richard D.

Richard Drom

Specializing in energy regulatory matters, including demand response compensation, resource adequacy, and capacity market issues, Richard Drom has extensive experience in electricity and natural gas. He played an essential role in the development of comprehensive energy market rules for Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. and now helps clients working with RTOs and ISOs.
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Joanne M.

Joanne Moy

Joanne is a New York-barred attorney practicing in the field of Anti-Money Laundering at a financial institution with a particular focus on economic and trade-related sanctions. She ensures compliance with the law, including the Bank Secrecy Act and USA PATRIOT Act, by reviewing new regulatory rules and issuing recommendations regarding enforcement actions and new financial issues.
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Victoria W.

Victoria Walker

Victoria Walker is the owner of her own law firm and specializes in counseling startups, non-profit organizations, and small businesses. She helps these businesses overcome legal issues that relate to starting and running a business. Victoria completed her Doctor of Law degree in 2014. She is registered with the Washington Bar Association. Since 2008, Victoria has worked with numerous law firms and companies including the D.C. Superior Court and Walker Law LLC.
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John M.

John Mccormick

6 reviews
A Virginia native, John McCormick is licensed to practice law in both his home state and North Carolina. He is a member of Davis Law Group, which focuses on providing customer-driven legal counsel. John is passionate about helping others, especially when it comes to their real estate needs, estate plans, or business. His passion is further evident in his founding of a goluanCH, a social initiative in the Chesapeake area aimed at growing local business.
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Kathleen S.

Kathleen Stotish

Kathleen Stotish finds great satisfaction assisting small business owners in establishing and maintaining business entities. In addition to drafting, negotiating, and reviewing partnership and join venture agreements, she works in collections and creditors’ rights law and family law. Ms. Stotish is certified as a Guardian Ad Litem for Incapacitated Adults by Supreme Court of Virginia.
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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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