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Steven S.

Steven Stark

305 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

160 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 S.

Joshua Soloway

141 reviews
He has experience as an entrepreneur, investment banker, strategic adviser and corporate finance attorney. Joshua is currently a Managing Director of Soloway Group, PC Counselors at Law. His focus is on corporate finance, securities, capital raising and general corporate matters. His legal advice extends to private and public companies. He attended Boston University School of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctorate.
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David H.

David Hamilton

2 reviews
David Hamilton is a business and technology lawyer that has been practicing law for over one decade. He is licensed to practice law in New York and received a degree in law after he graduated from the Duke University School of Law. Some of David’s most recent clients included Toyota, Wells Fargo and the Bank of America. David primarily specializes in debt and bankruptcy. Since October 2010, David has been serving as a senior associate at Zeichner Ellman & Krause, LLP.
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Margaret R.

Margaret Rigano

Margaret Rigano is a real estate attorney that has exceptional experience in dealing with commercial contracts. She has more than eight years’ experience. Margaret is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree in law from the St. John’s University School of Law. She recently became an associate attorney at Cullen and Dykman, where she provides services related to commercial lending matters.
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Nadine F.

Nadine From

2 reviews
Nadine From is an experienced intellectual property attorney and commercial litigator with extensive advisory and transactional expertise. She offers strategic legal advice to her clients in the fashion and entertainment industries on business deals and legal issues. This has included providing counsel for some of the top global brands in luxury goods.
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Joseph S.

Joseph Schick

2 reviews
Joseph Schick has had experience in advising both corporations and individuals. His range of experience is impressive - handling cases involving disputes of less than $10,000 to more than $100 million. In many situations, Joseph has successfully avoided litigation and achieved a prompt resolution for his clients. For 10 years, he worked as an Attorney for Heller, Horowitz & Feit, P.C. In 1997, Joseph Schick graduated with his J.D. from Columbia Law School.
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Evan G.

Evan Goldberg

As a director at a fast growing startup called CoInspect, I helped the company raise more than $3mm in investor capital, grow and retain human capital, and served as a trus... read more
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Karen B.

Karen Bhatia

5 reviews
Karen is an experienced corporate attorney and litigator with a passion for social entrepreneurship. She has worked on numerous deals for her diverse clientele from global telecom companies to non-profits. She is always looking for the next business opportunity that has a social impact and looking to leverage technology to positively affect law, education, politics, and economic development.
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If someone you trust has started a business in Rochester, ask that person which attorney they used. Gather referrals from other startups, industry contacts, friends, and relatives. You can also look online for recommendations. UpCounsel lists the top startup attorneys in Rochester.

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There are also steps to take and points to consider after the first meeting.

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Every state monitors the disciplinary actions filed against attorneys. In New York, the Appellate Divisions of the State Supreme Court govern attorney conduct. The respective Appellate Divisions appoint Grievance Committees composed of both attorneys and non-attorneys. The committee members work with a state-financed, court-appointed, full-time professional staff. Check with the Grievance Committee of the Appellate Division for Rochester to see if there are disciplinary actions filed against the attorneys and law firms you are considering. Ask about the outcomes of those actions.

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  • Which attorney in your firm will be helping me?
  • How much time will an attorney in your firm spend each week helping me?
  • What is your firm's hourly rate?
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