Start-up and Emerging Company

We are a full-service business law firm.  Our attorneys assist start-up and early stage companies with strategic planning and the long and short-term legal needs that founders face.  We have the depth and breadth to help you with the issues facing your company at the beginning, and also to fully support you as your company matures – from formation, through the many stages of growth and expansion, and finally, in many cases, in connection with a sale or merger.

Our services to start-up, early stage and later stage companies include:

Corporate
  • Business entity formation and selection (LLC, S corp, C corp, close corporation, or partnership/LLP)
  • Corporate policies and procedures (board resolutions, corporate minutes, proxy materials and annual reports, committee charters, compensation and nomination policies)
  • Business contract negotiation and preparation (joint venture and strategic alliance agreements, leases, licensing agreements, technology service agreements, agreements with customers, agreements with vendors, founder agreements, confidentiality agreements)
  • Merger, acquisition and sale services (due diligence assistance, merger agreements, stock purchase agreements, asset sale agreements)
Intellectual Property
  • Development, protection and acquisition of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, trade dress, designs, right of publicity, domains and other intellectual property rights)
  • Assignment, transfer and licensing of intellectual property rights
  • Strategic development and monetization of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret portfolios
  • Litigation involving intellectual property before the USPTO (PTAB and TTAB), International Trade Commission, State and Federal courts.
Securities
  • Structuring offerings for seed capital and later funding rounds
  • Preparation of offering materials for private placement, intrastate and other securities offerings (common stock, preferred stock, LLC units, debt securities)
  • Subscription agreements and investor questionnaires
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Negotiating agreements with angel, VC and other institutional investors and preparation of agreements and related documents (term sheet, stock purchase agreements, investor rights agreements, voting agreements, right of first refusal and co-sale agreements, management rights letters, indemnification agreements)
  • State and Federal securities filings
Employment
  • Employment agreements
  • Incentive plans (stock options, restricted stock, stock appreciation rights, and equivalent agreements for LLCs)
  • ESOPs
  • Change in control agreements
  • Non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements
  • Employment policies and handbooks
  • Employee discipline, termination and separation agreements

As your company grows, our other relevant services include:

We recognize that start-up and early stage companies need flexibility in structuring and paying legal fees. We will work with entrepreneurs to establish a fee structure that makes sense – deferred fees, a monthly legal services plan, not-to-exceed fee amounts, and in the right circumstances we may accept equity in return for our legal services.