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Ryan D. on ContractsCounsel
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Ryan D.

Partner
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Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NC, NJ, SC
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Ryan Duffy is a skilled attorney with extensive experience in business law and estate planning. He received his undergraduate degree in Business from Franklin & Marshall College and went on to graduate from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ryan has worked with numerous clients on matters ranging from business formation and contract drafting to estate planning and asset protection. He is dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes achieve their goals while minimizing legal risks. He also works closely with individuals and families to help them protect their assets and plan for the future. With his extensive knowledge and practical approach, Ryan can provide valuable legal guidance and support to clients in need of business law and estate planning services.

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Ken S.

Vice President
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Hoboken
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NJ
Rutgers Law School - Newark

Transactional attorney specializing in mergers & acquisitions. Other services include business formation, contract review, and general corporate matters.

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Michael R.

Corporate Attorney
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Pennsville, New Jersey
29 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NJ
Catholic University of America

Corporate/SEC/M&A Attorney with 25+ years of experience. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Vast knowledge of SEC regulatory framework and M&A strategies.

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Antonella C.

Owner/Managing Partner
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Pennsylvania
15 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NJ, PA
Rutgers University School of Law - Camden

I am a business transactional & trademark attorney with 15 years experience in the law firm and in-house settings. I am barred in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I currently own my own practice serving businesses and entrepreneurs with business transactional and IP law.

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May 21, 2023

Maria M.

Attorney
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North Carolina
28 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NC, NJ, PA
Temple University Beasley School of Law

I have worked for over 20 years in the areas of family law, business formation, contracts and real estate law. In the area of family law, I represent clients in all areas of family law including child custody, child support, spousal support and marital property division as well as preparing prenuptial and separation agreements. I am experienced in real estate law, including commercial and residential leases, preparing various types of real estate related contracts. I am also experienced in business formation among other business law matters. I currently work in the area of grant management with the Small Business Administration.

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June 14, 2023

James S.

Attorney
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Sardinia, Ohio
12 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NJ, NY, OH
Rutgers Camden School of Law

Education Jim Schroeder holds multiple degrees from several institutions. He received his Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law in Camden New Jersey. He also earned two additional Master’s Degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, Schroeder has done graduate work in Public Sector Labor Relations and American History at Rutgers University and Nonprofit Leadership at Duke University. Jim Schroeder was admitted to the New Jersey Bar Association in 2008; the District of Columbia Bar Association in 2010; the New York State Bar Association in 2014; and the Ohio Bar Association in 2020. He is also admitted to the Federal Courts of Southern New Jersey and Southern Ohio.

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June 22, 2023

Daniel W.

Attorney
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New York
23 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NJ, NY
HOFSTRA LAW SCHOOL

I am a Spanish-fluent corporate and commercial real estate attorney and broker licensed in New York and New Jersey. My pragmatic approach towards conflict resolution allows me to provide valuable advice to clients on avoiding issues of liability through effective risk management and strategic allocation of resources. I counsel businesses, developers, owners and investors on residential/commercial real estate and corporate transactions involving the acquisition, finance, development, leasing and disposition of all asset classes. In addition, I advise on joint venture partnerships and the negotiation, structure and drafting of operating agreements. Throughout my successful practice, I have held in-house counsel positions at large corporations, including JPMorgan Chase and Duane Reade, and had the privilege of working for the Department of Justice where I honed expertise in all aspects of mortgage-backed securities.

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July 17, 2023

Christine T.

Partner
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Albany, NY
6 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CT, NJ, NY
UCLA School of Law

Christine E. Taylor focuses her practice in the areas of Hospitality Law, Business Law, Labor and Employment Law, Real Estate Law, Administrative Law, Estate Law and Litigation. Ms. Taylor grew up within the campground industry, working at parks in both the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Franchise and the Kampgrounds of America Franchise. Armed with two decades of experience, Ms. Taylor is quick to point out the legal issues that apply to outdoor hospitality business owners. She has provided a wide variety of services to campgrounds, RV Parks, and glamping venues, including seasonal licenses, waivers, employment contracts, real estate services and even litigation services as needed.

Daniel K. on ContractsCounsel
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August 9, 2023

Daniel K.

Founder and Managing Partner
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Chicago
8 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL, NJ, PA
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

My practice focuses on business and commercial litigation. I have worked with companies of all sizes from sole member LLCs to those in the Fortune 500. I've advised clients on mergers, equity issuances, commercial transactions, joint ventures, employment issues, and non-competition. I've also drafted and negotiated the underlying agreements for these transactions and more.

Ryan M. on ContractsCounsel
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July 5, 2023

Ryan M.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Portland, PA
1 Yr Experience
Licensed in NJ
Widener University Commonwealth School of Law
Tanu C. on ContractsCounsel
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July 17, 2023

Tanu C.

Corporate Counsel
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Washington DC
9 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NJ
Thomas M Cooley Law School

Ms. Tanu Chaturvedi Esq. brings vast experience: experience as Corporate Counsel at a multi-million dollar international corporation, experience as a legal & business leader in the legal department at the world's leading mission capability integrator in the nation's capital that has been named a Top 100 Employer Forbes by state & Top 25 Defense Contractor in the world & named Top 7 in the Washington Technology Top 100 2022 & one of the largest defense contractors in the marketplace & has also been named as Top Managed Company by The Wallstreet Journal & included in the Inc. 500, experience as the sole Attorney at a national company that was recognized in 2017 as a top employer in the capital by "The Washington Post" & has also been listed on the Inc. 5000 more than once as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation, & in 2019, & named as a Finalist for the DC Moxie award: for businesses that demonstrate significant boldness & innovation in business strategy, experience working at one of the world's largest insurance brokerage firms, one of the largest law firms in the capital, a boutique start-up that specializes in investigations, security, & risk, the world’s largest professional service firm (largest of the “big 4” companies) in conjunction with the nation’s executive law enforcement agency, experience working at a corporation with global reach that was lead by a former cabinet member of the Clinton administration, experience working at a Fortune 500 in one of the world's largest insurance markets, at an internationally recognized boutique law firm, experience as the only female legal professional in the felony division of a criminal department in the nation's most dangerous jurisdiction as an undergrad, & experience working in the offices of public officials. She is also a graduate from two different internationally recognized institutions that have a record of turning out graduates with the skill to lead in their industries & distinguished law school graduate from an ABA accredited law school that received recognition for academic & leadership achievement. She is an invited contributor to legal blogs, and she enjoys advocating for increased literacy. Notably, she also supports advocacy for the performing arts as a former graduate of a magnet school for the performing arts. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to her with any questions, and she looks forward to hearing from your team.

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July 27, 2023

Stephen S.

Owner
Free Consultation
New Jersey
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NJ, NY
Nova Southeastern University

Stephen is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad College of Law, Stephen is licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York. He focuses on Morris, Passaic, and Bergen County, New Jersey, but services all of New Jersey. Before graduating, Stephen did an externship in Denver, Colorado with a focus on land use and development. Upon returning to New Jersey, he focused on Condominium and Home Owner Association. He also worked with Residential Real Estate Transactions and Estate Planning clients.

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Startup Legal Questions and Answers

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Convertible Note

Ohio

Asked on Jul 6, 2023

Can a convertible note be transferred?

I am a startup founder and I am considering using a convertible note to raise capital. I am aware that convertible notes are agreements between investors and startups, but I'm not sure if they can be transferred to other investors. I need to know if this is possible so that I can make an informed decision about the best way to raise capital for my business.

Paul S.

Answered Aug 4, 2023

It depends on the terms of the convertible note. If you don't want it to be transferable, then you should include a provision in the note prohibiting transfers, assignments, etc.

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Shareholders Agreement

Ohio

Asked on Jun 12, 2023

How to track shareholders agreements?

I am a business owner and I have recently incorporated my business. As part of the incorporation process, I have created a shareholders agreement with my co-founders. I am looking to ensure that this agreement is properly tracked, documented, and monitored over time. I am seeking guidance on the best methods to track shareholders agreements and any advice on how to ensure the agreement is being followed.

Paul S.

Answered Jun 23, 2023

There are cap table management companies such as Carta and Pulley, that can help with this (for a fee). As long as your company has only issued common stock, maintaining a cap table and stock ledger in Excel is more than adequate. I also recommend storing PDFs of the stock purchase agreements in a cloud-based folder labeled "Stock Purchase Agreements." In terms of officer roles, the corporation's Secretary is responsible for maintaining these shareholder records.

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Vesting Agreement

Pennsylvania

Asked on Apr 4, 2022

Erin hope your having a great day! I am starting up my cold pressed juice company im bring in a co founder who's handling all branding and marketing I wan to give him some equity. looking for help with splitting equity and writing up a vesting agreement. thanks looking forward to hearing from you.

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Ryan W.

Answered Apr 26, 2022

HI Erin. Congratulations on starting your cold pressed juice venture. That is exciting. I do have experience drafting agreements between founders and investors. Vesting agreements can be very flexible to meet the needs of the parties. They are very useful when a party is investing sweat equity in addition to or in place of cash. I am happy to discuss such agreements with you and how they relate to your particular venture.

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Startup

New York

Asked on Mar 30, 2021

Once my options have vested for the startup I am working for, can I sell them?

I am an early employee for a startup that has raised money in the past year. I will have some of my options vested soon and wanted to know if I was able to sell them.

Ramsey T.

Answered Mar 30, 2021

It depends upon when you vest and whether or not you have a "market" for the shares. You must satisfy a holding requirement for your vested shares under US securities laws that requires that you hold your shares for at least one (1) year. The vesting period is added in - so, for example, if you vested in your options six months after receiving them and then exercised your options and tried to sell your shares, you would be in violation of US securities laws. After a one year holding period you may sell them. You might, however, have restrictions, such as a "Right of First Refusal" (a "ROFR") or other restrictions on selling your shares. Its worth checking all the documents and restrictions.

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Business Purchase Agreement

Arizona

Asked on Oct 18, 2023

What happens to ongoing litigation in a business purchase agreement?

I am in the process of purchasing a business and the current owners are involved in ongoing litigation. This litigation could have a significant impact on the value of the business and I want to understand how it is addressed in the purchase agreement. I am looking for advice on how to protect my interests and the potential risks related to the ongoing litigation.

Elizabeth A.

Answered Oct 22, 2023

You should first decide what the hopeful outcome of the case is for you. So, if there is a favorable outcome then such and such should take effect by contract.

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