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Our San Francisco lawyers help businesses and individuals with their legal needs. A few of the major industries that represent California's economy include aerospace, agriculture, and technology.

Our platform has lawyers that specialize in business law. Business lawyers typically provide advice and other legal services that affect various aspects of a business, which include corporate law issues, contracts, business formation, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and other types of legal issues that come up when running a business. ContractCounsel’s approach makes legal services affordable by removing unnecessary law firm overhead.

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Janice K. on ContractsCounsel
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August 30, 2023

Janice K.

Counselor
Free Consultation
Washington
22 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, WA
Empire College School of Law, Santa Rosa, CA

Twenty-plus years experience in family law, employment law, public agency law, federal, state and local contracts drafting and review, appellate practice.

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September 5, 2023

David B.

Senior Transactional Counsel
Free Consultation
SF Bay Area
28 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of San Diego

Seasoned transactional attorney with extensive experience in the life sciences / medical device / pharmaceutical industries. Skilled at providing actionable legal advice that balances risk and reward.

Rosemary L. on ContractsCounsel
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August 11, 2023

Rosemary L.

Startup, Business and Real Estate Attorney
Free Consultation
Los Angeles California
29 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of Southern California

I represent startups, small and existing business in organizational, entity and agreement issues. I provide services for contracts, employment issues, intellectual property, operating issues, leases and real estate. I have extensive experience in large real estate transactions, title issues, financing and leasing. I have provided a large amount of pro bono services to Public Counsel.

Laura B. on ContractsCounsel
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October 6, 2023

Laura B.

Attorney
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Oakland, CA
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
UC Davis School of Law

I received my undergraduate degree from Columbia University and my JD from UC Davis School of Law. I specialize in drafting, reviewing, and litigating contracts, general civil litigation, restraining orders, and family law. I have helped entrepreneurs form their business entities and grow their small businesses. This area of my practice has focused heavily on YouTubers, podcasters, and individuals creating unique online platforms. In the family law context, I have helped my clients petition for and obtain custody of their children and modify existing custody arrangements.

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August 5, 2023

Max K.

Associate General Counsel
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Las Vegas, Nevada
12 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, NY
Western State University College of Law

Transactional attorney with experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts related and ancillary to commercial leasing. Licensed in CA and NY.

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August 10, 2023

Matthew G.

Attorney
Free Consultation
San Diego, CA
2 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of California, Berkeley School of Law

I am a Berkeley Law 2020 graduate. I have experience working in finance and operations, plaintiff and defense litigation, and have been involved in multiple start-ups.

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August 10, 2023

Jeanilou M.

Small Business Lawyer
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Honolulu, Hawaii
14 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, HI
Concord Law School

Jeanilou G.T. Maschhoff has over 20 years of comprehensive business operations, finance, and development experience in addition to being a licensed attorney in California and Hawaii. She zealously works as a Trusted Advisor, Business/Brand Consultant, and Advocate for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and personal brands. She is dedicated to helping female business owners and professionals in the entertainment, beauty, fashion, and wellness industries make their goals a reality. She uses her diversified expertise to provide a holistic approach to addressing business and legal needs. Acting as a trusted advisor and outsourced general counsel, she assists on an array of business and personal matters. Passionate about social justice and assisting underrepresented populations, Jeanilou started her legal career working in the non-profit sector working towards access to justice and gender equity. She continues to assist non-profit organizations in many capacities and actively looks to partner businesses with charitable causes, creating a synergistic effect that benefits not only the organizations involved but our society as a whole. As an early adopter of the virtual practice of law, Jeanilou has been assisting law firms and solo practitioners adjust to the remote delivery of legal services and helping businesses explore Web 3.0.

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August 12, 2023

Christopher L.

Attorney
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Los Angeles, CA
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, NY
Yale Law School

Christopher M. Lapinig is an experienced attorney, admitted to practice in California and New York, with extensive experience in civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels in various areas of the law, including, but not limited to, constitutional law, labor and employment, and consumer protection. He also has experience in immigration law and with administrative wage-and-hour claims. Chris currently works in impact litigation, and he also teaches legal writing at the University of Southern California. Chris also has significant experience in journalism and lay writing; his work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, CNN, and other prominent media outlets. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Chris previously served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Section at the California Department of Justice. He also served as a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney in the Impact Litigation Unit at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, where his work focused on providing holistic and culturally sensitive legal services to victims and survivors of human trafficking in the Filipino community. At Advancing Justice-LA, Chris also litigated voting rights and immigrant rights cases. At the beginning of his legal career, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin of United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was the first Filipino American Clerk for the Honorable Lorna G. Schofield of United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the first federal Article III judge of Filipino descent in United States history. Chris was also a Fulbright Research Scholar in the Philippines. A Phi Beta Kappa member, Chris graduated summa cum laude from Yale College and earned a B.A. with Distinction in Linguistics and with Distinction in Ethnicity, Race and Migration. In college, Chris served as President of Kasama: The Filipino Club at Yale, Moderator of the Asian American Students Alliance, and Head Coordinator of the Asian American Cultural Center. Chris returned to Yale for law school and received his J.D. in 2013. In law school, Chris served as the Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Co-Coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Conference, the inaugural Diversity Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and the Founding Coordinator of the Alliance for Diversity. He was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights’ Advocacy Clinic.

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September 2, 2023

Jeffrey J.

Business Lawyer
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El Dorado Hills
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Lincoln Law School

I have been in business development for 15 years before becoming an attorney. As an attorney, I help companies navigate legal challenges that they face.

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August 19, 2023

Richard P.

Intellectual Property and Privacy Attorney
Free Consultation
Roseville, CA
7 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
San Joaquin College of Law

I’m passionate about IP, AI, privacy and business. Learning to code. Book some time to discuss how I can add value to your project. Hablo Español y português.

Eddy M. on ContractsCounsel
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August 30, 2023

Eddy M.

Business Lawyer
Free Consultation
San Diego and Taipei
30 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of Michigan Law School

I'm a seasoned corporate lawyer with industry expertise in online games, media & entertainment and general commercial matters, gained from servicing clients from seed-stage startups to multi-nationals. I started my career at a Wall Street law firm before taking on in-house roles with games and media companies. I also have considerable management experience, building and managing teams and businesses. Through my experience across different industries and roles, I have worked on and am an expert on multi-million dollar transactions for large companies (M&A, joint ventures) as well as routine day-to-day matters for small businesses (NDAs, vendor services agreements, commercial leases, employment contracts). But no matter the size of the company or project, the constants that I bring to every client are: providing outstanding client service, finding practical solutions, and abiding by the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

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September 6, 2023

Michael C.

self employed
Free Consultation
Sacramento area
43 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Lincoln School of Law

40+ years handling litigation matters for employers and employees, defense and prosecution of personal injury matters, CalOsha defense, prepare employment contracts, non-compete clauses, established drug policies and franchise agreements. represented banks in commercial litigation , asset retrieval matters. conducted audits of insurance company claims on behalf of employers, defended contractors in toxic tort cases, handled appeals to the insurance commissioner on workers compensation rate classification matters

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Business Legal Questions and Answers

Business

Promissory Note

California

Asked on Oct 4, 2022

What happens to convertible note if startup fails?

I have a startup and am looking to raise money from investors. If we fail, are we going to be liable for anything if we raise money on a convertible note?

Michael M.

Answered Oct 7, 2022

Typically, if the business fails, the note can then not be converted or repaid. Unless you have personally guaranteed the obligation which would be unusual, the recourse would be against the entity itself.

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Business

Stock Purchase Agreement

California

Asked on Jun 4, 2023

Stock purchase agreement legal requirements?

I am looking to purchase stock in a company and I want to ensure that I am legally protected. I am looking to enter into a Stock Purchase Agreement with the company, and I want to make sure that all legal requirements are met before I sign the agreement. I am looking for advice on what legal requirements need to be met in order for the Stock Purchase Agreement to be legally binding.

Russell M.

Answered Jun 20, 2023

It's important to note that this is not an exhaustive list, and specific considerations may vary depending on the circumstances. Consulting with a qualified attorney is crucial to tailor the agreement to your specific needs. Here are some key areas to focus on: 1. Stock Description: Clearly define the shares being purchased, including the class of stock, number of shares, and any special rights or restrictions associated with the shares. You absolutely want to see the full record of the articles of incorporation, bylaws and any possibly existing shareholder agreements that could modify your rights in any way. 2. Purchase Price and Payment Terms: Specify the agreed-upon purchase price, payment structure (e.g., lump sum or installment), and any contingencies or adjustments based on audited financial statements or other factors. 3. The stock sale transaction is approved by the Board of Directors and possibly the Shareholders. You should be able to see the corporate action, either as a Written Consent or a Resolution taken by vote and certified by the corporate Secretary, who is the officer responsible for recording the minutes. 4. Representations and Warranties: Require the seller to make certain representations and warranties regarding the company's financial condition, assets, liabilities, contracts, intellectual property, compliance with laws, and any pending litigation. 5. Conditions Precedent: Specify the conditions that must be met before the transaction can be completed, such as obtaining necessary regulatory approvals, consents, or waivers. 6. Due Diligence: You should conduct thorough due diligence on the company, its financial records, contracts, intellectual property, and any other relevant aspects to identify any potential issues or risks. Generally, an acknowledgement of your access to, and conduct of, due diligence is good to include in the agreement. 7. Proper completion of any securities filing. Particularly if you are not the only investor, past present, or future, you should expect and require the company to be compliant with securities rules. Failure to observe the securities rules is red flag. 8. Governing Law and Jurisdiction: Determine the governing law and jurisdiction that will apply to the interpretation and enforcement of the agreement. Remember also that if you are investing in a corporation that is incorporated in a state other than where you reside, that state corporation law will generally govern your shareholder rights.

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Business

LLC

California

Asked on May 20, 2023

LLC and subsidiary formation?

I am in the process of starting a business and am looking to form a Limited Liability Company (LLC). I plan to have a subsidiary company, and am looking for advice on the best way to structure the LLC and subsidiary. I am also interested in learning what other legal considerations I should be aware of when setting up the LLC.

Gagandeep K.

Answered May 24, 2023

If you are interested in forming a series LLC (SLLC) in which a group of LLCs are owned in a tiered-down structure such that the top tier LLC owns the lower-tiered LLCs, then you have to from the SLLC in another state. A SLLC cannot be formed in California. You must register with the foreign SLLC with the California Secretary of State (SOS) before they start doing business in California. In California, LLCs can have one or more members. A member can be an entity or an individual. So if you are forming the LLCs in CA, then one LLC can own another LLC. There are various considerations when forming a LLC in California such as filing the appropriate documentation with the CA Secretary of State (e.g., Articles of Organization, Statement of Information), and having an Operating Agreement to govern, among other things, the LLC's business; LLC's management; members' rights, financial obligations and managerial duties; allocation of profits, losses, and distributions; tax implications; admitting new members or transferring interest; dissolution and winding up of the LLC.

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Business

LLC

California

Asked on Jun 28, 2022

LLC or S-Corp?

I am starting a public speaking consulting business with one other person. Most of our work will be done virtually and do not need an office space and will not have a physical product. We do not have investors. We have received conflicting advice about whether to form a llc or an s-corp. The s-corp has been suggested by some as the best for tax purposes, but others have warned that it is much more expensive to start and harder to maintain. What would be best for our situation?

Briana C.

Answered Jul 8, 2022

For a small service business with no outside investors, the LLC form probably offers you more advantages than the corporation. (For example, LLCs offer greater flexibility, fewer corporate formalities, and pass-through taxation which is especially beneficial in the early stages of an LLC if you have other income sources.) The S-Corp election does not affect your choice of entity (LLC or corporation). Either kind of entity can make the S-Corp election, which just tells the IRS how you should be taxed. You can form an LLC at the beginning and make the S-Corp election for that LLC in the future, if and when it makes sense (you will still be an LLC then, but an S-Corp for tax purposes only). The S-Corp election only makes sense to do once your net profits reach a certain level. The purpose of the S-Corp election is to reduce your taxes. Filing the S-Corp election is not itself very expensive, but you will need to incur the costs of running payroll. (LLCs don't have to run payroll.)

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Business

Master Services Agreement

California

Asked on Mar 31, 2021

What are the baseline terms I need in my MSA?

I am working on putting together a larger agreement that can cover everything that I do. I am a Digital Marketing agency and there are a lot of services we provide - Google Ads, SEO, backlinking, content writing, etc. I want to know what should go in my MSA.

Donya G.

Answered Mar 31, 2021

Some of the baseline terms will be 1) services offered 2) time of delivery of the services 3) amount to be paid for the services 4) the responsibilities of the parties 5) what happens if the parties do not agree. DISCLAIMER The answers to these questions do not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship with the attorney and anyone who reviews these responses.

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