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Steven S.

Steven Stark

460 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 Garber

274 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

200 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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O. Carter

9 reviews
Experienced, operationally-focused chief legal officer with broad industry experience and multidisciplinary skill set spanning law, corporate finance and accounting. Signif... read more
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Leah J.

Leah Jacobs

2 reviews
Leah Jacobs is an attorney at law with more than six years of experience. She is licensed to practice law in Arkansas and received her degree in law from the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Leah often works with startup businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as small businesses. She is exceptionally skilled in legal research and writing. Leah has been a partner attorney at Jacbos Jacobs & Edmison, LLP, since January 2017.
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Jefferey K.

Jefferey Katz

2 reviews
Jefferey Katz is a liability litigation attorney with over 13 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and obtained his degree in law from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Jefferey has exceptional experience in dealing with legal cases that involve securities and finances. He is also experienced as an outside general counselor. Jefferey has been a member of the Patterson Law Firm since September 2012.
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Ebony T.

Ebony Todd

2 reviews
Ebony (Jackson) Todd is a proud United States Army veteran. As the daughter of an Airmen and a Soldier, she was born and raised in the military community. She returned to t... read more
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Kimberly D.

Kimberly Dodson

2 reviews
Class actions, Constitutional Law, Contract Disputes, Product Liability, Medicaid Statutory Compliance, Title VII, Age Discrimination, Family Medical Leave, Fair Labor Stan... read more
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James G.

James Galvin

2 reviews
James graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and has a bachelor's degree in finance. His practice areas include securities law, litigation, arbitration, media... read more
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Amy M.

Amy Mcgann

Amy Mcgann is a Corporate Attorney that handles matters dealing with General Corporate Counsel - including corporate formation and governance, drafting, negotiation and interpreting general contracts and so on. Previously, she was the Assistant General Counsel for Ferro Corporation, as well as an Associate for Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP. Amy has been practicing Law since her graduation from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2001 - she graduated cum laude with her J.D.
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