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Dean F. on ContractsCounsel
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November 18, 2022

Dean F.

Managing Attorney
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Castle Rock, CO
28 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA CO, TN
University of Mississippi School of Law

Ferraro Law Firm was founded by Dean C. Ferraro. Dean earned his Bachelor's Degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona ("Cal Poly Pomona") in 1992 and his J.D. Degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law ("Ole Miss") in 1996. He is licensed to practice law in the State Courts of Colorado, Tennessee, and California. Dean is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts of Colorado (District of Colorado), California (Central District), and Tennessee (Eastern District). Shortly after earning his law license and working for a private law firm, Dean joined the District Attorney's office, where he worked for five successful years as one of the leading prosecuting attorneys in the State of Tennessee. After seven years of practicing law in Tennessee, Dean moved back to his birth state and practiced law in California from 2003-2015. In 2015, Dean moved with his family to Colorado, practicing law in beautiful Castle Rock, where he is recognized as a highly-effective attorney, well-versed in many areas of law. Dean's career has entailed practicing multiple areas of law, including civil litigation with a large law firm, prosecuting criminal cases as an Assistant District Attorney, In-House Counsel for Safeco Insurance, and as the founding member of an online law group that helped thousands of people get affordable legal services. Pursuing his passion for helping others, Dean now utilizes his legal and entrepreneurial experience to help his clients in their personal and business lives. Dean is also a bestselling author of two legal thrillers, Murder in Santa Barbara and Murder in Vail. He currently is working on his next legal thriller, The Grove Conspiracy, set to be published in 2023.

Rene H. on ContractsCounsel
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Rene H.

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San Diego, CA
13 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Northwestern University

I am an attorney licensed in both California and Mexico. I offer a unique blend of 14 years of legal expertise that bridges the gap between diverse legal landscapes. My background is enriched by significant roles as in-house counsel for global powerhouses such as Anheuser-Busch, Campari Group, and Grupo Lala, alongside contributions to Tier 1 law firms. I specialize in navigating the complexities of two pivotal areas: AI/Tech Innovation: With a profound grasp of both cutting-edge transformer models and foundational machine learning technologies, I am your go-to advisor for integrating these advancements into your business. Whether it's B2B or B2C applications, I ensure that your company harnesses the power of AI in a manner that's not only enterprise-friendly but also fully compliant with regulatory standards. Cross-Border Excellence: My expertise extends beyond borders, with over a decade of experience facilitating cross-border operations for companies in more than 20 countries. I am particularly adept at enhancing US-Mexico operations, ensuring seamless and efficient business transactions across these territories.

Mark F. on ContractsCounsel
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Mark F.

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Silicon Valley, CA
43 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of California Hastings College of Law

International-savvy technology lawyer with 35years+ in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Research Triangle, Silicon Forest. Outside & inside general counsel, legal infrastructure development, product exports, and domestic & international contracts for clients across North America, Europe, and Asia. Work with Founders to establish startup and continuous revenue, sourcing and partnering with investors to attract funding, define success strategy and direct high-performing teams, advising stakeholders and Boards of Directors to steer company growth.

Michael M. on ContractsCounsel
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Michael M.

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Los Angeles, CA
37 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA

www.linkedin/in/michaelbmiller I am an experienced contracts professional having practiced nearly 3 decades in the areas of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, technology, start-up, intellectual property, real estate, employment law as well as informal dispute resolution. I enjoy providing a cost effective, high quality, timely solution with patience and empathy regarding client needs. I graduated from NYU Law School and attended Rutgers College and the London School of Economics as an undergraduate. I have worked at top Wall Street firms, top regional firms and have long term experience in my own practice. I would welcome the opportunity to be of service to you as a trusted fiduciary. In 2022 and 2023, I was the top ranked attorney on the Contract Counsel site based upon number of clients, quality of work and number of 5 Star reviews.

Justin K. on ContractsCounsel
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Justin K.

Freelance Attorney
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Valencia, CA
21 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of Southern California School of Law

I have been practicing law exclusively in the areas of business and real estate transactions since joining the profession in 2003. I began my career in the Corporate/Finance department of Sidley's Los Angeles office. I am presently a solo practitioner/freelancer, and service both business- and attorney-clients in those roles.

Alex P. on ContractsCounsel
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September 4, 2022

Alex P.

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Los Angeles
25 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Pepperdine Law School

Managing partner at Patel & Almeida and has over 22 years of experience assisting clients in the areas of intellectual property. business, employment, and nonprofit law.

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November 4, 2022

Cherryl M.

Contract Attorney
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London, GB
6 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of California, Hastings College of the Law

I am a U.S. lawyer (licensed in California) and have recently relocated to London. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. I have extensive experience in providing legal services and support in areas of business, labor & employment, IP enforcement (patent infringement, copyright & trademark), and other litigation matters; Reviewing, drafting, and editing business and legal documents/contracts; Conducting legal research and analysis, drafting memorandums, pleadings, discovery, document review, various motions, mediation briefs, and other litigation related activities; Reviewing and preparation of templates, policies, and processes for compliance with laws and regulations; educating and advising on legal and compliance issues.

Maigan W. on ContractsCounsel
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November 2, 2022

Maigan W.

Principal Attorney
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San Diego, California
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
California Western School of LaW

Maigan is a registered nurse and attorney with tech law experience, specifically in Web3, including NFTs. Maigan acted as general counsel for a NFT platform for two years and speaks and understands smart contracts. As a registered nurse, Maigan is in a unique position to understand health law issues and graduated with a concentration in health law distinction. Maigan is happy to help you create a business entity, draft and negotiate contracts and agreements, apply for trademarks, draft terms of service and privacy notices, draft terms of sale for NFT drops, draft web3 licenses, and act as a consultant for other attorneys looking for someone who understands web3 and NFTs. Maigan speaks conversational Spanish.

Joseph M. on ContractsCounsel
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February 4, 2023

Joseph M.

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24 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA


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February 9, 2023

Kandil O.

General Counsel
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10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
ULH2 - master degree in business law

A business law practitioner by passion, I take pride in the perfection of my contracting Skills. Every piece of information I gather and spin together transforms to a legally binding document, providing great legal protection for start-ups and leading to eventual growth. I am a natural in law and entrepreneurship, making for a perfect blend.

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Contracts Legal Questions and Answers


Employee Separation Agreement


Asked on Jun 27, 2023

Pros & cons of employee separation agreements?

I am a small business owner and I am considering offering an Employee Separation Agreement to an employee who is leaving the company. I want to understand the pros and cons of this type of agreement so that I can make the best decision for my business.

Gagandeep K.

Answered Jun 30, 2023

There are several reasons for using an employee separation agreement - it can be used to protect confidential information and IP, obtain general liability waiver for certain legal claims (e.g., wrongful termination), offer an employee certain benefits and severance pay, and include additional provisions (e.g., non-disparagement clause so the employee cannot spread negative information about the company, return of company equipment, etc.). Just as an employer is not legally required to offer a severance agreement, an employee is not required by law to sign a severance agreement. However, an employee may be more likely to sign a reasonable, balanced severance agreement. You can read more about severance agreements here:

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Development Agreement


Asked on Jan 17, 2022

Are these clauses safe to sign into in an NDA?

A company approached me to help them develop a prototype of a software application, so they can secure a round of funding. To this end, they gave me an NDA to sign, after which they would divulge their design artifacts for my review. Good so far. But the NDA has these terms which I am concerned about: Intellectual property: At any point during and/or as a direct result of the signing of this Agreement when you create something for the purpose of fulfilling work for (co), said creation is considered work-made-for-hire and is owned by (co). This includes copyrightable material, trademarks, patents (a whole list), whether developed by you alone of in collaboration with anyone else (I am alone). The company owns everything. I got it. Now coming to another point: Indemnification Provision: if (co) of a (co) partner gets sued as a result of your work, you agree to step in and pay for all relevant costs, unless (co) has expressly instructed you in writing that you carry out the task for which (co) or its partner was sued While I would never knowingly carry out something illegal or attract lawsuit, as an individual I have limited knowledge. And besides, I feel this will leave me personally open to legal liability for indefinite period of time, even if someone else takes my code in continues development on it later Are my concerns legit? How should this be altered (if it should) so it is fair to me (if this is unfair)?

Cameron S.

Answered Feb 18, 2022

These are not appropriate provisions for an NDA. An NDA should only cover the disclosure of confidential information - not development and assignment of intellectual property. You should not be transfering ownership of IP (or anything you develop) under an NDA. It should also not include an indemnification provision. Both of these clauses are appropriate for a development agreement or a professional services agreement. Putting this aside, if this were a development/professional services agreement, then you probably would want to protect any background technology or pre-existing works that you already own prior to the agreement (and would license the (co) rights to this background technology if necessary). And, you should not be indemnifying unless you intentionally used third party materials or knowingly stole another party's work to complete the development for (co). This is because it is not feasible for you to know what trademarks or patents are out in the world. If what you develop infringes, that should not be your responsibility/risk. You probably aren't getting paid enough to take on that risk. Copyright requires knowing that you stole copyrightable material, so the knowledge qualifier described above means that the (co) is protected under the indemnification for copyright infringement issues caused by you.

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Software Agreement


Asked on Oct 6, 2022

Can a SaaS company terminate and agreement with a client?

We are a SaaS company that wants to get out of a relationship with a client. What are our options?

Christopher M.

Answered Oct 7, 2022

Typically your options are going to be controlled by the SAAS Agreement or other contracts between you and the client. There should be a section in there called “Termination” or something similar. Really, it would require a review of the contract to give more specific advice on this one.

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Purchase Order


Asked on Oct 18, 2022

Contract versus PO?

I'm working with a client who refuses to sign our contract document while mentioning that the PO would suffice for that purpose. I already signed the contract and sent it back to the client that I'm working with, but they didn't sign it so far and refuse to sign it. But according to them, they will send PO. Is the PO legally binding to them to make the payment? Would the PO really suffice against the contract that I signed?

Christopher M.

Answered Nov 8, 2022

Annoying as this answer it, it really does depend. Some purchase orders (especially in the government contracting world) automatically become contracts once they are accepted and signed. If this is the other sides normal mode of operating it is not unheard of for them to be reluctant to accept a different contract in case it creates different or conflicting terms. At the end of the day there is nothing inherent in a PO that would mean it cannot serve as a binding contractual document, it just depends on the language in the PO.

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Business Contract


Asked on Sep 21, 2023

Reviewing a business contract: cost?

I am starting a new business and need to enter into a contract with a supplier. I have been provided with a contract to review, but I am unsure of the associated costs. I am looking for legal advice on the cost of reviewing the contract and whether there are any potential pitfalls or areas of risk that I should be aware of before signing.

Eddy M.

Answered Nov 3, 2023

The cost will depend on several factors: - Length of the document - Quality of the contract (if it's poorly drafted then it will require more work to revise) - Complexity of the transaction (the more complex, the more time is needed to understand it and solve problems) - Your leverage vs. the supplier's (if you don't much leverage, then the contract will require a lighter touch as far as revisions) The best course of action is to do an initial consultation with your lawyer of choice to discuss the above. After that, the lawyer will be able to give you a sense of the cost, and make a proposal on either an hourly rate or a flat fee.

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