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Steven S.

Steven Stark

267 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

155 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

194 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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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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Howard S.

Howard Sutherland

Howard Sutherland has more than 23 years of experience as an attorney. He has served as a general and senior counselor at numerous law firms. Howard is licensed to practice law in New York and received his J.D. in law from the SMU Dedman School of Law. Howard focuses on legal cases that involves financial and security matters, but he also has experience in commercial contracts and employment law.
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Kiran L.

Kiran Lingam

Kiran is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's New York office where he leads the firm's FinTech practice and its New York emerging growth company and venture capital practice. Kiran has been quoted in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Entrepreneur Magazine. You can find him speaking regularly at industry events.
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Talik W.

Talik Watson

2 reviews
Talik Watson is a business attorney and has been practicing law in New York for the past 10 years. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Howard University School Of Law and received a Master of Science from the Columbia University. Talik primarily focuses on providing legal assistance to startup and growing businesses. He has experience with all business-related legal matters, with a focus on commercial contracts. Talik started his own legal firm in 2016.
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Galiah H.

Galiah Harel

2 reviews
Galiah is a NY Attorney who specializes in business law, contracts, and collections at an affordable fee. Galiah frequently works with businesses, resolving issues and ... read more
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Nicole S.

Nicole Sotto

2 reviews
Founder and solo attorney at Sotto Wirtz Law, Nicole Sotto Wirtz is a freelance entertainment attorney providing assistance on a project-by-project basis to small and medium firms in the entertainment, music, fashion, film, television and new media industries. While she’s licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey, she assists firm and attorney’s across the nation.
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Conor T.

Conor Teevan

140 reviews
Top-tier talent shouldn’t have to come with a top-tier fee. This is why Conor Teevan combines his top-tier expertise (Yale undergrad, Stanford Law) with affordability. Conor has represented Silicon Valley startups, real estate investors, artists creating companies, and even a child author in need of a book deal. Conor himself started a real estate company with holdings in five states.
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Why Hire a Startup Attorney?

When you start a business, you want everything to go as smoothly as possible. Even if this is not your first business venture, you should still get expert advice — someone to guide you through the process, making sure that you don't miss any steps and that everything you do is legal.

There are lawyers in Rochester whose specialty is business startups. They can start helping you from the moment you first decide to start a business and stick with you until the day you earn your first dollar. This is the type of attorney you want to contact.

What Services Do Startup Attorneys Offer?

Lawyers specializing in startups help clients with the following:

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When thinking about starting a business in Rochester, consider the current and future business environment. The top law firms have lawyers who have insight into, and specific knowledge of, the industries in which startup business are growing.

Among the trending industries in Rochester are financial services, medical technology, energy, consumer products, and food. All types of technology-related business are growing. Rochester needs businesses related to improving its roads and bridges. If you want to start a business in Rochester but aren't certain to what type of business venture you should devote your resources and your time, meet with one of the top startup attorneys the city has to offer. These experts are ready to help you.

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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.

Once you have the names of attorneys who might help you, there are several steps you must take.

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  • Which universities did the lawyer attend?
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  • How long has the attorney been practicing law?
  • What are the attorney's areas of expertise within business law?
  • How many clients has the attorney helped with starting a business?
At the Initial Meeting With the Attorney

When meeting with an attorney for the first time, consider the following:

  • Where is the office located?
  • What are the attorney's office hours?
  • How easy is it to get an appointment?
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  • Does the attorney understand what kind of help you need?
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  • How much of what you need will be handed off to a paralegal?
  • How many attorneys work in the office?
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After the Initial Meeting

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

  • Disciplinary Actions — Have any disciplinary actions been filed against the attorney or the law firm?

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.

  • Comfort Level — Will you be comfortable discussing all aspects of your business plan with the attorney?

This consideration is important. You need to be able to tell the attorney everything you can about your new business. You also need to feel comfortable answering truthfully all questions the lawyer asks.

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  • Have you assisted clients in my industry?
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  • How can I protect my intellectual property?
  • Do I need to trademark anything?
  • What licenses do I need?
  • What contracts do I need?
  • 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?
  • Does your rate vary according to the type of work performed?

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