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David D. on ContractsCounsel
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David U.

Attorney
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CO, AZ, OK
24 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO AZ
The University of Oklahoma College of Law

For the last 25 years I've focused on representing businesses and entrepreneurs in transactional law deals, including LLC creation, operation and sale of businesses; real estate sales and leasing; and general contract negotiation and drafting. While I've helped all manner of businesses work out a variety of contract and business matters, I am an expert at helping clients with buying and selling commercial properties including multi-family and office projects and buildings, subdivisions, and retail shopping centers. I am also a recognized expert negotiating leases for retail and office tenants and. landlords. Over 25 years I've honed my skills a lawyer at one of the largest law firms in the world, an elite real estate boutique in Aspen, Colorado and a highly regarded firm based in Denver, Colorado, before starting my own practice in 2016. Since 2016 I've been helping my clients with real estate and business deals. I'm a commercial real estate and business expert with a passion for helping clients forge successful ventures in an efficient and understandable manner.

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July 2, 2023

Suzanne E.

Attorney/Business Advisor
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30 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO
Seattle University

I have been an attorney for 30 years. I am a Colorado native with many years in Alaska. I have a Bachelors in Biology, Chemistry and French, JD from Seattle University and Masters in Environmental Science and Law from Vermont Law School. I have traveled extensively, mostly in Europe, and speak several languages with more or less proficiency. I practiced law in Alaska and Colorado, much of it in remote areas but also large cities. I have taught in an environmental masters program and run large environmental nonprofits and a hot springs resort. I have worked with and run business incubators, a process I love. Empowering people to build their own futures is a passion.

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June 29, 2023

John V.

Attorney / Owner
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Boulder, CO
26 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO
Syracuse University School of Law

Business, Real Estate, Tax, Estate Planning and Probate attorney with over 20 years experience in private practice in Colorado. Currently owner/operator of John M. Vaughan, Attorney at Law solo practitioner located in Boulder, CO. My practice focuses on transactional matters only.

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July 2, 2023

George K.

Owner & Managing Partner
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Denver, No. CO, Steamboat Springs
26 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO
Whittier School of Law

I've represented small, medium, and Fortune 500 companies in business and litigation matters over the past twenty years. Working for various clients exposed me to a wide range of practice areas and issues. I now manage and own my firm. Contract review and drafting, negotiating agreements and settlements, and defending a variety of lawsuits is the heart of my practice. I'm efficient, solution driven, and work well with clients, other parties, and opposing counsel. I was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Advanced Legal Writing and am an excellent writer. I'm also the recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and the ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award. I'm a Marine Corps veteran. My attitude, experience, and expertise will help you achieve your goals.

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July 27, 2023

James N.

Owner-Attorney
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Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri
12 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO NM
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

I'm a Chicago native and Kansas City transplant that has made regulatory compliance and civil administrative litigation for heavily regulated industries my niche for the past decade.

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August 3, 2023

Shane S.

Real Estate/Transactional Lawyer
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Denver, CO
14 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO
Brigham Young University

I have 13+ years of experience as a real estate, construction, and general transactional lawyer focused on drafting and negotiating commercial leases, purchase and sale agreements, contractor and design professional agreements, etc.

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August 16, 2023

Ashley M.

Trial Attorney
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Denver, CO
1 Yr Experience
Licensed in CO
University of Miami

Trial attorney. Specializing in drafting and arguing complex criminal pretrial and contemporaneous motions. Former Public Defender. Cum Laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. Research assistant for multiple professors in the areas of Title IX defense, post-conviction litigation, reproductive healthcare rights, and the constitutionality of affirmative defenses. Trial Team Captain, Pro-Bono Challenge award recipient, Litigation Skills Book Award and Scholarship recipient, HOPE Public Interest Scholarship recipient. Cum Laude graduate of New York University with a focus on classical theatre text and performance.

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August 26, 2023

Ryan C.

Founder & Managing Attorney
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Denver, Colorado
17 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO
University of California, Davis

Ryan Clement, the Principal Attorney at Business and Technology Legal Group (www.businessandtechlawyers.com), has been a Colorado licensed attorney for almost 20 years and has extensive experience in all matters related to corporate law, software and technology law, intellectual property, data privacy and security, business startups/formation, commercial transactional matters, general business counsel, compliance, and litigation. Ryan graduated with high honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara before attending the University of California, Davis School of Law and graduating in 2004. Post-law school, he completed an esteemed two-year judicial clerkship at the Second Judicial District Court of Nevada. In 2007, Ryan Clement became a licensed attorney in private practice, working at several prestigious law firms before forming and operating his own successful law firm in 2012 at the age of only 31. This keen business acumen and entrepreneurial drive was the impetus behind Ryan’s desire to practice business and technology law, ultimately forming the foundation of Business and Technology Legal Group. In addition to his top-tier legal credentials, Ryan also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Colorado, Denver, and has over a decade of experience working in the software industry at Fortune 500 and publicly traded companies. This vast experience in the technology and software sector, combined with his many years as an attorney provides the intersection of legal, technical, and business skill sets that sets Ryan apart from the crowd of business and technology attorneys in the market.

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September 11, 2023

Torrey L.

Attorney
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Denver, CO
6 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO
Emory University

Torrey Livenick, Esq. is a fourth generation Colorado lawyer. Although she was born in California and raised in Nevada, she spent every summer in Colorado and knew she planned to make Denver her home. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Classical Culture and Society, she returned to Las Vegas to work as a paralegal. Once she spent five years building her skills and confirming her interest, she attended Emory University School of Law. Torrey’s interests include trivia (she even was a contestant on Jeopardy! during her law school days), video games, playing with her cats, and the arts. She is active in pro bono organizations including Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

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Darren W.

Attorney
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South Jordan, Utah
20 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO AZ, UT, WY
J. Reuben Clark, BYU

My main focus is estate planning and business transactions, but I have had many practice areas throughout my career, including criminal defense and prosecution, civil litigation from neighborhood squabbles to corporate contentions. I have also worked in bankruptcy, family law, collections, employment law, and personal injury. I stand ready to assist in any area to which I feel I can be of service, but will not try to fake it if I do not know the area of law I am being asked to serve in.

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Startup Legal Questions and Answers

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Convertible Note

Ohio

Asked on May 20, 2023

Convertible note interest rate?

I am a tech startup founder and am considering raising capital through a convertible note. I am interested in finding out what the typical interest rate is for these types of investments. I understand that the rate can vary, but I am looking for a general range of what I can expect.

Paul S.

Answered May 23, 2023

Generally the rate is pretty low - for example, 5% is what I've used over the years, with little pushback. Keep in mind, investors don't do convertible notes for the interest income, they do them for the upside from converting into preferred stock with liquidation preferences, anti-dilution protection, etc. If a potential investor is really focused on the interest rate, that tells you that the investor has little or no experience investing in startups. Also, regarding the interest in general, it typically just accrues, rather than being paid out each year. When interest accrues for more than a year, the startup can claim the amount of accrued interest as an expense on its P&L and taxes, and the investor should recognize the amount of accrued interest as interest income, even if it hasn't been paid out.

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Convertible Note

New York

Asked on Mar 30, 2021

Do startups use convertible notes?

I am working to figure out what I should use for a group of investors I am speaking to about my startup. We're a technology company that is very early on. We want to raise a bit of money so we can further develop our software and pay the founders.

Ramsey T.

Answered Mar 30, 2021

Start-ups do raise capital through the use of Convertible Notes. Convertible Notes are starting to fade as the preferred sort of convertible instrument for start-ups and as SAFES become more prevalent. Convertible Notes are still quite common in more "traditional" start-up industries, such as those that involve real estate, manufacturing and other legacy industries.

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Equity Agreement

Pennsylvania

Asked on Jan 13, 2022

How much equity should investors get?

Hi there, I'm seeking counsel for a startup/small business with two initial investors. These investors have established auto repair businesses and will use those businesses as leverage to support a $500k loan that will be used to initially fund the business. Revenues from those businesses will be used to pay the loan until the business can pay for them. I will be providing all sweat equity. The investors above will have no involvement in the day-to-day (as they run their own businesses). One investor may provide connections to potential clients and if necessary, an additional investor.

Ryan W.

Answered Jan 14, 2022

The answer as to how much equity to give an investor depends upon a variety of factors. One way to look at the situation is to try to place a value on your business. Once you have determined an appropriate value for your business, then determine how much money an investor is providing the business. From here you could figure out the percentage of equity based upon the investment and value of the business.

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Single Member LLC Operating Agreement

Alabama

Asked on Sep 27, 2021

Start a trucking business as an owner operator

Experienced driver wants to own the truck and make a business out of it

John H.

Answered Oct 4, 2021

You will need to begin by picking a name for your trucking business and then proceed to reserving the name with the Secretary of State and then you will need to choose what business entity your business will operate under. I have experience drafting the paperwork you will need to get set up.

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Founders' Agreement

Alabama

Asked on Aug 5, 2021

How to issue stock to co-founder?

I have some questions about granting stock to co-founder below. Thank you for answering my questions. 1. Company A plans to offer stock options (1000 shares) to employees. These stock options come with a vesting plan. Before the stock options vest, who are holding the stocks (1000 shares)? Or the stocks are to be issued only if the employees decide to exercise? 2. Vesting stock for co-founders: Mr. A founds a company and he invites Mr. B to join as a co-founder. Mr. B tells Mr. A that he wants to put in money as well and therefore wants to have 30% of the company. Mr. A, after reading a lot of information on Contractscounsel.com, thinks that he should give Mr. B vesting stock options rather than outright stocks, as that would help him help him avoid possible problems if Mr. B decides to leave the company after several months. What is the best way for Mr. A to handle this situation while keeping Mr. B interested?

Jane C.

Answered Aug 5, 2021

2. The best way for Mr. A to address his concerns and keep Mr. B interested is by offering him restricted stock that vests over time. Mr. B will receive dividends and have the right to vote; however, the Company can buy the unvested shares back if Mr. B decides to leave the Company before a certain period of time. Disclaimer - This information is provided for general informational purposes only. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

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