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Grant M.

Grant Maynard

117 reviews
Grant represents high-growth companies in all aspects of formation, financing, and intellectual property issues. He has previously done general corporate, intellectual, and real estate work at Nebraska's oldest law firm before transitioning to a more virtual lifestyle. As an entrepreneur himself, he understands the need to balance legal and business interests.
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Sanjiv D.

Sanjiv Dhawan

26 reviews
Sanjiv Dhawan is the managing attorney at InnovaTech Law Group based in Santa Clara, California. He focuses primarily on general corporate and business law. InnovaTech emerged when Sanjiv decided to start his own practice, seeing a need for uncomplicated, inexpensive legal advice. An entrepreneur himself with several startups under his belt, Sanjiv understands the needs of business owners.
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Wanli X.

Wanli Xu

14 reviews
Wanli has over 15 years experience serving as outside general counsel and trusted legal advisor to companies across multiple industries and through all stages of growth, he... read more
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Ranvir S.

Ranvir Sandhu

10 reviews
20+ years of experience working at reputable Silicon Valley law firms. Represented clients large and small, some notable *Craigslist - capitalization and org matters *S... read more
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Adam B.

Adam Binder

6 reviews
Adam Binder is a corporate attorney with almost two decades of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the McGeorge University School of Law. Adam is highly experienced in labor and employment law, and specializes in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. Adam has been the vice president of legal operations at Percolate Industries, Inc. since June 2017.
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Gene R.

Gene Rhough

6 reviews
I'm a graduate of Harvard Law and MIT, an experienced general counsel, an ex-engineer and registered patent attorney, and an IAPP-certified privacy practitioner. I provi... read more
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Chad S.

Chad Starkey

56 reviews
Chad Starkey is a corporate attorney that has over 19 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his J.D. in law from the Pepperdine University School of Law. Chad specializes in commercial contracts and has represented many corporate clients, including Fit Pay, FogLogic and Superflex. He founded his own legal firm, CES Legal services, in May 2017. Prior to this position, Chad was a legal advisor at JUMIO.
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Helen Q.

Helen Quinn

53 reviews
Helen has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating, and managing corporate transactions. In her previous role as a senior corporate securities attorney for Wilson Sonsini, she provided corporate counsel in connection with over seventy merger and acquisition transactions, over fifty venture capital finance transactions, and several initial public offerings.
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Fiona K.

Fiona Kaufman

21 reviews
Fiona is a Corporate Attorney with extensive experience working in-house for Silicon Valley High Technology companies. She runs her boutique law firm, Law Office of Fiona Newell Kaufman, with the goal of providing value-oriented legal services to technology-based companies. In addition to practicing law, she is an experienced legal author with a leading national publisher.
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Yi Q.

Yi Qiao

11 reviews
Yi Qiao is a seasoned Attorney experienced in financial services, venture capital, private equity, technology licensing, as well as various general corporate transactions. Previously, he has done legal and business work for large technology companies and is skilled at navigating their systems. He has practiced law in both New York and Hong Kong.
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Marc E.

Marc Ernaga

4 reviews
Marc is a proven company builder with nearly 20 years of experience providing corporate and securities counsel. Marc's practice focuses on the representation of technology ... read more
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Mark K.

Mark Koo

3 reviews
Mark Koo works with high technology companies on patent, trademark, and copyright related matters. He also helps companies file incorporation documents and provides other startup legal assistance. Mark has been involved in many of the hottest Silicon Valley’s technologies. As a software technologist, Mark worked to help build the world’s largest laser system.
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Neha H.

Neha Hemmad

3 reviews
Neha Hemmad is an attorney at law with a Master of Laws degree, which she obtained from the Golden Gate University School of Law. She has been serving corporate clients in California for the past three years. Apart from her skills in dealing with legal cases that involve tax law, Neha has also gained experience in immigration law. Neha has been serving as an associate attorney at the Law Office of Jean D Chen since June 2014.
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Josh T.

Josh Traub

2 reviews
Understanding that creative individuals have unique needs, Josh Traub offers guidance to game designers, artists, makers, and entrepreneurs. With a background in computer science, he is well-versed in all aspects of IP law and has even educated engineers on the subject. Mr. Traub has also provided significant pro bono services to the Atlanta arts community.
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Gwyn M.

Gwyn Murray

5 reviews
Gwyn is the Principal of the Matau Legal group and her areas of specialty include commercial sales and licensing domestically and internationally as well as open source software licensing. She has over 20 years of experience working as an inside and outside counsel to computer hardware, computer software, and pharmaceutical companies, including big brands like Apple Computer.
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Douglas P.

Douglas Park

2 reviews
Douglas Park is a corporate attorney with extensive experience in dealing with cases that involves commercial contracts, securities, finance and business operations. He has represented numerous corporate clients, including image32, RecordLogix and FantasySubs. Douglas received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He also attended Harvard College and Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is licensed to practice law in California.
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Sarah N.

Sarah Niyogi

2 reviews
Sarah Niyogi is a corporate attorney with almost a decade of experience. She is licensed to practice law in California and is also a member of the California Patent Bar. Sarah received her Juris Doctor degree from the Stanford Law School. She primarily serves clients in the technology industry and specializes in commercial contracts. Sarah has provided her legal services to numerous companies, including Plaid, Dropbox and Morrison & Foerster LLP.
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Mike R.

Mike Ross

2 reviews
Mike Ross and his firm, the Law Offices of Mike Ross, understand the particular needs of businesses in Silicon Valley. He realizes that part of creating a successful business lies in creating a solid business plan, and his lawyers aim to help burgeoning businesses do just that. His firm covers a range of services including corporate law, intellectual property, financing, and employment law.
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Laura P.

Laura Pena

2 reviews
Laura Pena is an immigration attorney that primarily assists business with their immigration needs. She is licensed to practice law in both Texas and California. Laura also has a Juris Doctor degree, which she obtained after graduating from the Georgetown University Law Center. Apart from her experience in immigration law, Laura is also able to assist with employment matters and business formations. She recently became an associate at Fragomen Worldwide.
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Patrick M.

Patrick Macdonald

2 reviews
Patrick MacDonald is an attorney at law who has been serving corporate clients for the past eight years. He is licensed to practice law in California and is also a registered real estate broker. Patrick holds a Juris Doctor law degree, which he obtained after his graduation from the Duke University School of Law. Patrick primarily specializes in real estate law, but is also experienced in drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts for his clients.
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Alex S.

Alex Sousa

2 reviews
Alex Sousa is a business attorney who has been practicing law for the past 16 years. He is licensed to practice law in California and is also a member of the California Patent Bar. Alex received his Juris Doctorate degree in law from the Santa Clara University School of Law. He primarily specializes in patents, but is also experienced in business formation and structure. Alex has been serving as the managing attorney of his own law firm, Sousa Law Group PC, since May 2015.
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Eric M.

Eric Malis

2 reviews
Eric advises emerging companies on legal and strategic matters by helping founders fine tune their business models and corporate structures, evaluate partnership opportunit... read more
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Maryam I.

Maryam Imam

2 reviews
Over 20 years of experience in intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and IP-related transactions, in addition to a practicing electrical eng... read more
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Michelle N.

Michelle Novotny

2 reviews
A corporate counsel with expertise in SaaS and semiconductor industries, Michelle Novotny is a strategic leader. She provides clients with pragmatic risk assessments, mitigation strategies, and creative solutions through analytical, imaginative, and results-oriented thinking. Ms. Novotny was formerly vice president, associate general counsel, and chief compliance officer of CallidusCloud.
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Tabetha H.

Tabetha Hinman

2 reviews
Experienced, business-forward General Counsel with a demonstrated history of execution from initial start-up through growth stage businesses. Strong, collaborative executiv... read more
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Michael M.

Michael Maxey

2 reviews
Experienced in-house counsel. Technology transactions, startup, business formation, employment matters, equity/stock issues, corporate governance, contract drafting, IP ma... read more
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Deepali B.

Deepali Brahmbhatt

2 reviews
Deepali is rated for three consecutive years Northern California, Rising Stars and Top Women Attorneys, Super Lawyers, 2016-2018. Deepali is an Intellectual Property (re... read more
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Tony M.

Tony Miller

2 reviews
Tony is an experienced attorney with leading cybersecurity companies. His practice areas include business law, commercial transactions, compliance, including GDPR Readiness... read more
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Leon D.

Leon Davis

1 review
Leon Davis is experience in dealing with legal matters related to business law. He specializes in business formation, business operations, real estate and bankruptcy matters. Leon is licensed to practice law in California. He is currently the managing attorney at his own firm, Davis Legal LLC. Prior to starting his own law firm, he was a senior associate at Quinn Law Associations P.A. Leon received a Juris Doctor in Law in 2011. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and philosophy.
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Li Q.

Li Qu

1 review
Li is a foreign and domestically trained attorney whose experience spans the globe with concentrations in the United States and China. Her broad experience includes seven years of in-house experience at publicly traded tech firms and expertise in reviewing, drafting, and negotiating technology-related agreements. Her clients include leading technology giants like Sandisk and Broadvision.
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Anna F.

Anna Furniss

1 review
Anna is a San Francisco native who is a litigator and an in-house attorney in all California state and federal courts. She advises entrepreneurs on a variety of subjects including incorporation, employment, and contract drafting. She previously served as a General Counsel for a prominent digital marketing agency. When she is not helping clients prevent lawsuits, she works in digital marketing.
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Tom F.

Tom Flores

After a career as a software engineer in automated quality assurance development, Tom Flores became a deputy prosecutor and litigation attorney. As well as taking many cases to jury trial, he has represented several technology companies in very large deals. The focus of his practice now is litigation, defense, licensing, and intellectual property protection for startups and individuals.
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Patrick G.

Patrick Guevara

Leave your complex IP and patent paperwork to professional attorneys like Cary Chien. Representing high-tech companies on both sides of patent litigation in US Federal Courts and with the International Trade Commission, Chien has the experience you need in helping to patent Windows-based mobile devices, e-commerce software, and LCD light diffusers.
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A speaker of Gujarati, Suhas Patel specializes in tax law including business tax planning, workers’ compensation and benefits, estate and financial planning, and state and federal tax disputes specifically for small, midsize businesses. In the public sector, Mr. Patel worked for the Tax Appeals Assistance Program of the California Board of Equalization, Sales and Use Tax division.
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Ripal P.

Ripal Patel

Ripal provides legal counsel to clients in startup formation, contracts, negotiations, compliance law, trademarks, and copyrights. He has successfully worked with many startups in addition to beginning his own startup in 2007. Ripal chooses to only practice in the areas of law that he is passionate about and providing the best possible service for his clients.
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Kamalpreet K.

Kamalpreet Khaira

Kamalpreet Khaira specializes in civil business litigation and real estate transactions. She supports partners by providing legal analysis and opinions on the law as it applies to client issues, drafting and responding to pleadings, and representing clients in court hearings. Her areas of expertise include arguing pretrial motions, propounding discovery requests, and conducting legal research.
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Megan C.

Megan Carroll

Based in Palo Alto, California, Megan Carroll is an experienced legal and strategic consultant bringing over 25 years of experience. She counsels technology companies located in Silicon Valley and beyond on a range of business and legal matters including startup-related issues, technology transactions, and acquisitions. Megan holds a J.D. from the University California, Hastings College of the Law.
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Lisa T.

Lisa Tang

Lisa Tang, a member of the State Bar of California, is an attorney specializing in startup law. Based in Silicon Valley, she is a part-time associate at AllBright Law Offices, a large Chinese law firm headquartered in Shanghai. Lisa received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and also holds a B.S. from Stanford University. She is fluent in Mandarin.
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Peter S.

Peter Seeger

Peter Seeger, who is licensed in California, brings over 15 years of experience counseling companies on legal and operational matters in corporate, employment, environmental, and intellectual property law. He is an attorney and program manager at consulting firm Toeroek Associates, Inc., and is also Of Counsel to Kiski Law. Peter holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
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Robyn M.

Robyn Morris

Robyn Morris is a business lawyer with a primary focus on drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. She is exceptionally experienced in employment and real estate-related cases. Robyn has five years of experience and she is licensed to practice law in California. Robyn obtained her legal degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. Since February 2016, Robyn has been a staff attorney at Digital First Media.
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Pamela V.

Pamela Vavra

Pamela Vavra was previously an engineer, systems analyst and software developer. Now she is an Attorney practicing law in California - she is a Certified Informational Privacy Professional. Her practice areas include Business, Intellectual Property, Privacy, as well as Landlord or Tenant matters. Pamela attended Santa Clara University School of Law. She is admitted to the State Bar of California.
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Brian V.

Brian Venneman

Brian Venneman is the CEO and Founder at Ready LLC and he has plenty experience regarding capital funds and startups. He has worked with companies and venture fund formations, angel and venture financing, as well as founder agreements. He has experience as both an Entrepreneur and an Attorney. Working for companies such as Blip. FM. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley - School of Law in 1996 with his J.D. Brian also has his BA in Political Science.
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Steven F.

Steven Flanders

Steven Flanders has been a business-oriented lawyer since 2000. He primarily specializes in intellectual property law, but also has experience in trademark, copyright and patent-related legal matters. Steven has represented numerous corporate clients, including Oracle, eMachines and Hitachi Data Systems. He has a license to provide legal services in California and received his legal degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law.
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Adam J.

Adam Juratovac

Adam Juratovac has three years of experience as a corporate lawyer and primarily focuses on offering legal services to clients in the entertainment and sports industries. He has a license to practice law in California and obtained his legal degree from the University Of Idaho College Of Law. Adam’s fundamental practice areas include commercial contracts, employment law and business operations. He started his own legal firm in February 2017.
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Mo K.

Mo Khan

Mo Khan is a startup lawyer who advises entrepreneurs and startup companies. Previously, he worked for Microsoft Corporation as an Attorney and Licensing Business Development Manager. His areas of focus include company formation, venture finance, technology development, intellectual property protection, deal and sales closings to M&A. In 1995, he graduated with his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
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Kristen H.

Kristen Hayes Kuse

Kristen Hayes Kuse is a general counselor who offers her legal services to corporate clients in California. She has over 20 years of experience as a counselor and obtained her legal degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law. She has worked with numerous large legal firms in the United States. She is exceptionally experienced in dealing with mergers and acquisitions. Kristen founded her own legal firm, Integrated General Counsel, P.C., in January 2017.
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Joie L.

Joie Le

In-house counsel provide invaluable legal services to businesses, but many smaller businesses simply do not have the resources or the need to hire full time general counsel. Instead, they can utilize the services of Jolie Lie, who works as in-house counsel for many high-tech companies drafting contracts, agreements, dealing with employment matters, and managing IP programs.
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Ning Z.

Ning Zhang

Ning Zhang has previously spent 9 years at a top international law firm. Currently, she handles legal matters in Sunnyvale - her focus is on merger and acquisition, as well as corporate law, with a particular emphasis on cross-border investment. Her interest is in helping startups with their legal matters. She graduated from Georgetown law school and has also obtained her MBA degree.
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Protecting Your Intellectual Property

 

For many startups, the most valuable asset(s) they own are in the form of intellectual property – whether the IP in question is a unique technology, process, creative work, or brand.  It is therefore critical to the success of the business that these property rights are protected against present and future infringement.  If you fail to adequately protect your IP rights, your startup may quickly get pushed out of the market by businesses with financial and other infrastructural advantages.

 

Register Your IP

 

Registering your IP with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (UPSTO) is good practice for enforcement of trademarks and copyright, and legally necessary for enforcement of patent rights.  Registration can be extremely complicated for the layperson, as there are a number of regulations affecting the submission of a valid application.  Further, you’ll have to consider certain strategic aspects related to your IP, such as how protectable it would be even if registration were granted.  A skilled startup attorney can advise you and how to restructure your IP to ensure that it is protectable.

 

Hire a Dedicated Patent Attorney

 

If you believe that you may have a technology or process that is patentable, then you’ll have to register it with the USPTO.  Without a patent grant, you will not be legally entitled to protect such IP from infringement.

 

Though a patent application can be submitted by an attorney who has not passed the patent BAR, and can even be submitted by a non-attorney, it is a good idea to work with a dedicated patent attorney if you’re going to be submitting a patent application to the USPTO – a successful patent application is complex, expensive, and benefits greatly from specialized experience with the process.

 

Confidentiality Agreements and Provisions

 

Trade secrets should be protected through the use of strict confidentiality agreements (and/or provisions inserted into employment and service contracts).  IP damage can occur even without full infringement.  If a former employee or business partner leaks partial information to a competitor, it could hurt your positioning in your industry.

 

Pursue Infringers

 

Your startup attorney should either have the litigation experience necessary to pursue infringers on his or her own, or should be able to connect you with a skilled IP litigator who is equipped to do so.  Potential infringement must be dealt with before it negatively affects your market position and the power of your brand.

 


 

Qualities of a Great Startup Attorney

 

Every attorney has a unique set of strengths and shortcomings.  There are, however, certain qualities that are often shared by the best startup attorneys.  As you search for a startup attorney in San Jose, try to filter for attorneys who demonstrate the following qualities.

 

Engaged and Dynamic

 

Your attorney should be highly-engaged with clients and provide dynamic services in response to client needs.  What does this mean, exactly?

 

Suppose that you hire an attorney to register your startup business as a corporation and draft some employment contracts.  The attorney does the bare minimum work necessary to accomplish their task.  They listen to what you want done, register the business, and draft the contract as requested.  This is not how a great startup attorney works with clients, however.

 

The best startup attorneys offer their own perspective as input.  They work with a client to ensure that the client is aware of alternative options.  A dynamic startup attorney in the above example would explain alternative corporate forms that might be worthwhile to consider, and they would discuss the employment agreement provisions with you to make sure that the terms of the agreement are favorable to your goals.

 

Finger on the Pulse of Change

 

Regulation is always subject to change, in nearly every industry.  Your attorney should not only be familiar with regulations as they are now, but should also be “plugged in” to potential changes coming down the regulatory pipeline.  If significant regulation will be implemented in a year, your San Jose startup lawyer should be informed about it and should work with you to help your business prepare for it.

 

Experience in Your Industry

 

Though it’s not a pre-requisite to receiving quality legal services, you can benefit a lot from working with a startup attorney who has experience in your industry.  Industry standards do affect legal strategy, sometimes indirectly.  For example, in the consumer-facing software industry, aggressive litigation is received poorly and may damage your brand.  On the business-side, litigation is much more acceptable and is less likely to hurt the perception of your brand.

 


 

Avoiding Litigation

 

Civil litigation can be extremely costly for an early stage startup, from both a financial and time/effort perspective.  Generally speaking, each party benefits when costly civil litigation is avoided, assuming that some other compromise is made.

 

Of course, litigation is inevitable to some degree.  At some point in the life of your startup, you are likely to engage in a dispute with a third-party.  Thus, minimizing the risk of litigation is key to managing the long-term cost to your business.

 


 

Deal Fairly with Partners

 

To avoid litigation, make sure to deal fairly with your business partners.  The more fairly you deal with your partners, the less likely there will be a future legal dispute. 

 

What can you do to ensure fairness and transparency?

 

When drafting a contract, do not move forward with executing the contract until you are certain that the other party or parties fully understand the terms of the agreement.  Try to minimize the amount of last-minute changes, as they may come across as dishonest.  Finally, if you later are forced by circumstance to breach a contract, give as much advance notice as possible to limit the damages caused to the other contracting parties.

 


 

Use Preventative Measures

 

There are a number of preventative measure you can take to limit the risk of extensive litigation down the road.

 

First, you may want to consider including a liquidated damages clause in your contracts.  A liquidated damages clause sets a fixed damages amount to be paid out in the event of breach.  This brings a degree of certainty to contract breach.  Because each party is “prepared” to accept certain terms for breach, there is less likelihood of litigation.

 

Second, you may also want to consider having your attorney approach disputes with a compromising negotiation strategy before filing a lawsuit.  If a compromise can be reached between the disputing parties, then costly litigation will be unnecessary to resolve said dispute.

 


 

Consider Alternative Dispute Resolution

 

Alternative dispute resolution – and specifically, arbitration – is a great way to minimize the cost of litigation.

 

Arbitration, unlike standard court litigation, is a private matter, and as such the content of arbitration will not be revealed to the public (thus preventing damage to your brand).  Arbitration is also over much more quickly.   A neutral arbitrator is chosen by the parties to oversee the dispute.  The arbitrator assesses the evidence and argument of each party, then renders judgment.  Judgment is then confirmed by a court, and becomes final.

 

To make use of arbitration, ask your startup attorney to draft contracts that include an arbitration clause.

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