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John F.

John Fallone

71 reviews
John Fallone thinks big and gets it done. As an early-stage company attorney, John is also a co-founder of SendHub, the cloud-based phone system making it easier for today’s businesses to communicate with customers and employees. A self-identified geek of processes and efficiency, John plans to get an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business
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Jann M.

Jann Moorhead

69 reviews
Jann Moorhead is a global transactional attorney with 25 years of experience representing established international companies and startups. She was the lead attorney for the Star Wars franchise and was in charge of negotiating the licensing activities. She has also negotiated many agreements for licensing, distribution, business transactions, privacy, and other commercial contracts across many industries such as consumer products, media, technology, software, and e-commerce.
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Ashley T.

Ashley Talbot

58 reviews
Ashley Talbot is a business attorney that has gained extensive experience while acting as an outside general counsel for various corporate clients. She primarily focuses on providing legal assistance to small business, startups and entrepreneurs. Ashley has a J.D. in law and a B.A. in Business Administration, which she obtained from the University of San Diego. She founded her own law office, Talbot Law Firm, in 2015.
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Jesko O.

Jesko Onken

47 reviews
Licensed in California and Germany, Jesko Onken offers cost-effective legal advice to small and midsize companies. A speaker of German, French, and Italian, Mr. Onken provides services in business law and international legal management. He specializes in entity formation, business contracts, corporate compliance, immigration, licensing, and securities.
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Christopher B.

Christopher Borders

44 reviews
The future is now and Christopher Borders not only envisioned it, but he made it happen. His practice provides practical and personal legal services for businesses in an ever-changing, tech-driven world. He is the co-founder and CEO of NOWArchive (24/7 real-time video uploads) and co-founder and Operations Director of Shestock (first and only female-centric imagery by female photographers).
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Irvin T.

Irvin Tyan

43 reviews
Navigating the legal world as a startup can be intimidating and overwhelming. That is why experienced attorneys like Irvin Tyan are an absolute must-have. Mr. Tyan can help your startup with a variety of issues, including intellectual property, contract drafting, portfolio analysis, and commercial litigation. He can also help with employment issues and competitive landscape analysis.
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Brad B.

Brad Bertoglio

22 reviews
Intellectual property is especially important for businesses that are experiencing growth. Brad Bertoglio focuses his practice on obtaining intellectual property rights for businesses of all types, with emphasis on growth companies. He offers expert legal advice that fast-paced, growing companies can trust. High-quality service is important to Mr. Bertoglio and that is what he provides.
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Dan B.

Dan Blomgren

13 reviews
Dan Blomgren co-founded Ceopio Legal with a simple objective: help small business and startups at all stages of their growth. He helps these business with all different types of legal needs including financing, operations, disputes, and entity formations. His passion for helping small businesses stems from his own business experience when he started a small catering business as a college student.
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Eric C.

Eric Chung

10 reviews
Eric Chung has had experience as a General Counsel, chief compliance officer, corporate lawyer, fund-formation lawyer and a real estate lawyer. Eric has worked for companies such as Atmel Corporation and Protiviti Inc. He is currently the Founder of the Officer of Lighthaven Capital Management, LLC - his main focus areas include Corporate Governance and Fundamental Analysis. In 1996, he graduated with his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University Law School.
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Drew S.

Drew Sanchez

9 reviews
Drew Sanchez has more than six years of experience as a corporate attorney. He primarily specializes in business formation, business operations, employment law and commercial contracts. Drew obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 2010, after he graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law. He has been licensed to practice law in California. Drew has been a sole practitioner since 2011. Prior to this position, Drew was an independent counselor at The 42nd Group.
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Starting Up Your Game Changing Company in San Francisco


The Basics

Known for the Golden Gate Bridge, 60’s peace movements and the 49ers, the world class city of San Francisco is also known as the home to some of the hottest startups in the country.  As any good businessperson will tell you, your new business needs a startup lawyer as sharp as your enterprise.  A small business law firm will focus on technical legal requirements needed to successfully form your business enterprise while you focus on conquering the world. 

When you search for the best law firm for startups in the City by the Bay, focus your search looking for a practice that has a new business lawyer that understands all those local, state and federal requirements that need attention.  We can’t focus on everything, and as a startup founder you want to have your eyes on making your business model a success while your business law firm handles all those details ensure your success is protected. 

If your company has an idea, technology or device that needs to be protected by a patent, you don’t want to go it alone.  Dealing with the patent process is best left to a high caliber ip lawyer from the bay area.  These attorneys know the ins and outs of the complicated patent process and will make sure that the process goes smoothly from start to finish.   Prices for a specialty business lawyer in San Francisco will vary, but an investment in a lawyer that will protect your rights in patent, copyrights and trademarks is an investment in the future success of amazing, game changing San Francisco based startup company.


The Money

So you’re on your way to startup success in The City.  Unless you’ve been blessed with wealth or have an unnatural desire to take out even more debt on your credit cards, what you need now is an investment source.  Venture capitalists, angel investors, everyday folks who will go and fund you- all great sources of business capital.  The question is, how do you make it work?

Like developing your idea, the gathering of your financial resources is a process.  As you through that process of gathering those precious financial resources, it’s important to decide what you intend to do with them.  Will your investors be simply that and expect only a return on their investment? Or will your financial backers be stakeholders that become your partners at some level?  All of these questions can be answered with the help of business attorney from San Francisco.  A business law firm is just that- a place where business lawyers in San Francisco focus on, you guessed it – setting up and managing your business.  Your partner in financial success, your business law firm will help guide your fundraising process and help you avoid the catastrophic missteps and pitfalls that can be associated with accepting someone else’s money.

By now you’ve figured out that whatever it is that your startup does, it’s important.  It’s just as important to decide how your financing will be structured and what that financing will mean to your operations.  Your new business lawyer will help you decide how to best structure your capital to ensure that you find success and that your financial backers get exactly what they bargained for when they gave you that big (or little) check.


Achieving Success

We all go into business knowing that what we want to do will be important and change the world, even if it’s just one little piece.  You’ve crafted your idea, found your investors and are well on your way.  Now what?

Now you want to make sure that your new business is poised to take you where you want to go.  Do you plan to hire new employees? Offer profit sharing? Sell to that giant world-wide competitor?  In order to help make these decisions, it’s important to consult your legal expert.

Time to turn back to that top notch business lawyer in San Francisco that you’ve been working with (you have been working with her, right?) If you haven’t, no better time than now to find a business law firm that can structure your startup for success in the long term.  Just as you’ve taken the time to develop your idea, brand and message, you need to develop your plans for future success. 

A business attorney in San Francisco will have the information and tools you need to make the smart decisions that will support your goals.  You don’t want your startup to derailed because you didn’t really understand the difference between an exempt and non-exempt employee for purposes of overtime, or find out the hard way that the person you thought was a 1099 independent contractor is really your employee.  Maybe you’ve decided it’s time to pay off those investors a little early, or that business investor that wanted that management role has become a little too involved.  These situations are common in all businesses but especially in startups.  Engaging a startup lawyer in San Francisco that knows the City, understands your business and knows the rules of legal road will help keep your startup on the path to long term success. 


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