In House Counsel for businesses not quite large enough for in-house counsel. Cost effective, responsive, experienced. Business Formations - Contracts - Intellectual Property - Mergers and Acquisitions. I DO NOT HANDLE BUSINESS DISPUTES.
First, since I get a lot of referrals about disputes... I don't handle disputes with businesses. I handle legal matters FOR businesses.
And since I'm a sole proprietorship, this section is actually about the firm and about me.
I'm a Plug & Play General Counsel for Your Business
You know your business. But all that Ã¢ÂÂlegal stuffÃ¢ÂÂ can loom heavy in the shadows. It can be stressful and overwhelming. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs what IÃ¢ÂÂm here for Ã¢ÂÂ to take away that stress and make the Ã¢ÂÂlegal stuffÃ¢ÂÂ easy. When you work with me you get the benefit of:
Over 40 years of experience
Easy to understand advice
Cost effective fees
The Internet provides many DIY and low cost legal resources. But they often take away YOUR right to make informed decisions because they donÃ¢ÂÂt explain your options or even offer alternatives. You have to buy just what they sell. I can walk you through the maze of that Ã¢ÂÂlegal stuff.Ã¢ÂÂ Give me a call today and see if I can help you and your business.
I handle a broad range of business issues for clients, which break down into general business law and intellectual property.
GENERAL BUSINESS LAW
I know that owning a business is very personal, and I never forget that your business is made up of your dreams and your efforts.
Think about this: What if you got legal advice as you were making decisions, instead of after the fact?
After 40 years practicing business law, I know that the most effective and efficient way to help my clients is to integrate my services more closely with their regular day-to-day business activities. The form this takes can vary. With some clients it means attending monthly management meetings; for others itÃ¢ÂÂs being included on certain internal email lists. We will figure out what works best with the way you do business.
I can help with:
Choosing a business entity
Hiring and Firing employees
Website TOU and Privacy Policies (actual serious ones)
Technology Licensing Agreements
Investment Documents (SAFEs, Series Seed and Series A Deals)
Take Some of the Stress Out of Owning a Business
My job I to make sure that the Ã¢ÂÂlegal stuffÃ¢ÂÂ isnÃ¢ÂÂt keeping you awake.
All businesses own intellectual property. Bakeries have tradenames and trade secrets; and of course some business have IP to sell or license. Either way, protecting your intellectual property is important to the value, and sometimes the survival, of your business.
Should you register your trademark? The answer may not be as easy as it sounds. Does your customer own the design you created if they don't pay you? I don't know - did you cover that in your design agreement? Can you read your own license agreement without going to sleep?
These are just a few of the intellectual property legal questions I can answer for my clients. My job is not to tell you what to do, but to give you options and explain them clearly.
Starting a new business?
IÃ¢ÂÂm happy to sit down (without the timer running) to discuss your plans and what you might need in terms of legal services. There is no charge for a general discussion like this. Topics that are usually covered include:
Choice of business format (corporation, LLC, etc.);
Business names and trademarks
Time tables and costs
New business owners often have questions about funding their business. No matter how youÃ¢ÂÂre funding your business, I can advise you and put you on a more equal footing with the money people. I have drafted and reviewed many types of loan and investment documents and can help you understand your risk-benefit analysis in:
Seed and Series A deals
Warrants and Restricted Stock
Alternative funding transactions
There can be huge risks taking on investors, even if youÃ¢ÂÂre using the Ã¢ÂÂSAFEÃ¢ÂÂ documents. Make sure you understand the strings that come with money.
Virtually Anywhere in California or Texas
1716 Briarcrest Dr
Bryan TX 77802
Happy to speak with potential clients to see if I can help them, and if so, what I would recommend and how much it would cost.
I work odd hours. I'm sometimes around evenings and weekends. I don't have set hours.
I specialize in helping my clients sleep at night by managing risk and helping them proactively avoid problems rather than trying to solve them after the fact.
I do a lot of things, and I do them well. I consider myself out-house counsel... for companies that are too small for in-house counsel. But I do offer a broad range of services.
I help clients with:
Setting up their business
Advising them about investors
Drafting investment documents
Hiring and firing employees
Using independent contractors with acceptable risks
Protecting their intellectual property
Design and service agreements
Humor, enjoyment and stress management are important to me. I'm available to my clients at all odd hours, and honestly love what I do. I'm quick and responsive.
If you don't enjoy your business attorney, if you don't feel like he or she is part of your team - they it's time to change.
If you want stuff and formal - I'm so not your type of attorney. If you want a big formal office and suits - I'm not your type of attorney.
I grew up in a business household. My father was an attorney, but when I was growing up, he was mostly dealing with businesses and became an entrepreneur himself. We talked business over the breakfast table and looked at financial statements after dinner.
A die hard capitalist, I never wanted to do anything else.
We don't have "Lawyers" we have me. I have 30 years of experience dealing with small businesses. In a large firm I would be out "rain making" and would be priced too high for small businesses.
I can list all of my bar association work and I do have all of that stuff on my website. But what distinguishes me is my understanding that:
A small business is not a big business with fewer zeros on the balance sheet.
Small business functions differently from large business and without taking some risk small businesses can't compete.
I don't tell my clients "you can't do that." I tell them "this is the risk if you do that, this is how to reduce it, do you want to do it?"
Bar Number: 78658
St. John's University School of Law
New York University
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