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Sarah S. on ContractsCounsel
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June 19, 2023

Sarah S.

Principal Attorney and Founder
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Los Angeles
20 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Loyola Law School

With 20 years of transactional law experience, I have represented corporate giants like AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as mid-size and small businesses across a wide spectrum of legal needs, including business purchase agreements, entity formation, employment matters, commercial and residential real estate transactions, partnership agreements, online business terms and policy drafting, and business and corporate compliance. Recognizing the complexities of the legal landscape, I am dedicated to providing accessible and transparent legal services by offering a flat fee structure, making high-quality legal representation available to all. My extensive knowledge and commitment to client success establishes me as a trusted advisor for businesses of all sizes.

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Edward R.

Attorney
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San Diego, CA
21 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of San Diego

I have been a California since 2003 when I graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law and have worked in-house and at several major law firms before starting my own practice. I specialize in intellectual property and other business-related issues and have helped many entrepreneurs grow their ideas into profitable businesses.

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June 29, 2023

Maria A.

Attorney
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Los Angeles, CA
7 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Whittier Law School

Maria is a family law attorney dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of personal and family legal matters with compassion and efficiency. From divorce and child custody disputes to marital agreements and domestic violence cases, Maria provides personalized legal solutions tailored to your unique circumstances. With her extensive knowledge of family law, she strives to protect your rights, advocate for your best interests, and empathetically guide you towards a positive resolution. Trust Maria to be your reliable advocate during these difficult times, ensuring that your family's well-being is safeguarded every step of the way. Let's work together to find the best legal path forward for you and your loved ones.

Myrna L. on ContractsCounsel
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August 1, 2023

Myrna L.

Attorney/Contract Manager
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San Francisco
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Lincoln Law School of Sacramento

I am a licensed attorney in California. I worked as a Contract Manager for the State of California for 14 years, negotiating and developing contracts and grants funded by federal and state government. As an owner of a real estate/property management company and real estate asset manager for corporations, non profit organizations and government entities, I negotiated sales and managements of industrial, commercial, and residential properties including development of contracts, leases, subleases, options, and sales agreements. As an attorney, I have worked on contracts, labor/employment cases, landlord/tenant and probate cases.

Keren G. on ContractsCounsel
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July 13, 2023

Keren G.

Partner
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New Orleans
16 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, LA, NV
University of California, Davis School of Law

Keren E. Gesund has extensive litigation expense. She has successfully defended and prosecuted claims against debt collectors, banks, credit reporting agencies, subcontractors, manufacturers and consumers who have suffered harassment or injury. She handles contentious business and commercial cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court.

Thomas G. on ContractsCounsel
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July 16, 2023

Thomas G.

Attorney
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Manhattan, KS
9 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of La Verne

After graduating law school in 2015, I practiced for a few years in LA, then becoming a contractor for large litigation projects. Now working from home in Kansas, I can offer LA service at Midwest prices.

Dilini L. on ContractsCounsel
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July 18, 2023

Dilini L.

Attorney
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California
9 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of California, Berkeley School of Law

I am an attorney licensed in California with particular experience in local policy work, workplace justice, and environmental law. I have authored or co-authored over 30 amicus briefs (including one for which I received an Amicus Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association), have extensive experience researching state law across the country and across issue areas, and pride myself in clearly and concisely distilling complex and/or technical legal concepts for lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

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July 25, 2023

Albert I.

Attorney
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Irvine, California
36 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Pepperdine University SOL

Construction lawyer practicing in Southern California since 1988. Have extensive experience in construction contracts and forms drafting, negotiating. I also serve as counsel for large material suppliers and have extensive experience in commercial transactions, drafting and negotiation of commercial documents including dealerships, NDAs, etc.

Luiza D. on ContractsCounsel
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November 1, 2023

Luiza D.

Business/IP Lawyer
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San Diego, California
6 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

I represent business owners throughout California with their business, IP and employment law matters.

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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.

Matthew G. on ContractsCounsel
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August 10, 2023

Matthew G.

Attorney
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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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Contracts Legal Questions and Answers

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Development Agreement

California

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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Business Contract

California

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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Contracts

Severance Agreement

California

Asked on Jul 21, 2023

Can a severance agreement be digital?

I recently accepted a voluntary severance package from my employer and have been asked to sign a severance agreement. I am curious if this agreement can be signed digitally, as I am not currently in the same city as my employer. I am looking for advice on the legalities of digital agreements and any potential risks associated with signing a severance agreement digitally.

Christina M.

Answered Jul 27, 2023

In 1999 the California Legislature enacted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (the “UETA”), Civ. Code, §§ 1633.1 et seq., which provides that when a law requires a record to be in writing or requires a signature, an electronic record or signature satisfies the law. The law requires that any contract entered into between two parties may not be denied legal enforceability simply because of the use of an electronic signature. This has also be upheld in the employment law setting in some case law.

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Software Agreement

California

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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Contracts

Employee Separation Agreement

California

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: https://www.contractscounsel.com/t/g/us/severance-agreement/11#toc--circumstances-for-offering-severance-

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