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Steven S.

Steven Stark

358 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

249 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

183 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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Jessica G.

Jessica Guobadia

2 reviews
Jessica Guobadia is an attorney at law with nine years of experience. She is licensed to practice law in both California and Texas, and obtained her degree in law from the Loyola Law School. Apart from her J.D. in law, Jessica also holds a degree in economics. Jessica specializes in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts, but is also skilled in legal research and writing. She has been managing her own law office since August 2017.
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Andrew A.

Andrew Aeilts

2 reviews
Andrew graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in Business Management/Finance. He later graduated from Drake Law School with honors. His practice are... read more
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Neil G.

Neil Gandhi

89 reviews
Neil Ghandhi has 12 years of experience as a corporate attorney. He is licensed to practice law in both New York and New Jersey. Neil received his legal degree from the Fordham University School of Law. Neil is experienced in securities and finances, and often assists startup companies overcome legal obstacles. He has been the chief legal officer at ComicsVerse.com since December 2015, as well as the managing attorney at his own legal office since January 2014.
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Bill L.

Bill Larson

2 reviews
For three decades I have helped individuals and companies navigate through their opportunities and challenges. I bring experience aggregated from many areas of life, law an... read more
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Fabio S.

Fabio Silva

2 reviews
Fabio Silva is a business lawyer that has represented many high-stakes clients; including Burberry, Giorgio Armani and Tory Burch. Fabio specializes in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and California, and has 18 years of experience. Fabio received his Juris Doctor degree in law after he graduated from Stanford Law School. In January 2016, Fabio started his own law firm, FRSilva Law.
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Isabel G.

Isabel Gram, Jd

2 reviews
Business & Franchise Specialist. Isabel is an experienced General Counsel and executive who has 14 years as a practicing attorney and has spent the last 5 years in seni... read more
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Sean Carnathan

Sean Carnathan is a business attorney with more than 20 years’ experience. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. Sean specializes in all legal matters related to business law, with exceptional experience in labor and employment law, as well as in securities and finances. Sean has a J.D. in law, which he received from the University of Maine School of Law. He has been a partner at O’Connot, Carnathan and Mack since February 2004.
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