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Jeremiah C.

Partner/Attorney at Law
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Houston
16 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NV, TX
Thomas Jefferson

Creative, results driven business & technology executive with 24 years of experience (15+ as a business/corporate lawyer). A problem solver with a passion for business, technology, and law. I bring a thorough understanding of the intersection of the law and business needs to any endeavor, having founded multiple startups myself with successful exits. I provide professional business and legal consulting. Throughout my career I've represented a number large corporations (including some of the top Fortune 500 companies) but the vast majority of my clients these days are startups and small businesses. Having represented hundreds of successful crowdfunded startups, I'm one of the most well known attorneys for startups seeking CF funds. I hold a Juris Doctor degree with a focus on Business/Corporate Law, a Master of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship, A Master of Education degree and dual Bachelor of Science degrees. I look forward to working with any parties that have a need for my skill sets.

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Garrett M.

Attorney
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Dexter, MO
8 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
University of Texas

I am a solo-practitioner with a practice mostly consisting of serving as a fractional general counsel to start ups and growth stage companies. With a practical business background, I aim to bring real-world, economically driven solutions to my client's legal problems and pride myself on efficient yet effective work.

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Jordan M.

Partner
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Houston, TX
5 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
University of Houston Law Center

I am a software developer turned lawyer with 7+ years of experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating SaaS agreements, as well as other technology agreements. I am a partner at Freeman Lovell PLLC, where I lead commercial contracts practice group. I work with startups, growing companies, and the Fortune 500 to make sure your legal go-to-market strategy works for you.

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Michael C.

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13 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NY, TX
Wake Forest University School of Law

A seasoned senior executive with experience leading the legal and compliance functions of healthcare entities through high-growth periods. I have experience managing voluminous litigation caseloads, while also handling all pre-litigation investigations for employment, healthcare regulatory, and compliance matters. Similarly, I have led multiple M&A teams through purchase and sale processes, including diligence and contract negotiations. Finally, I have extensive contract review experience in all matters, including debt and equity financing, healthcare payor contracting, vendor and employment agreements, as well as service and procurement agreements.

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Mark D.

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Dallas/Houston Texas
29 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO, TX
Thomas M Cooley Law School

Partnering with business clients to keep their greatest asset - their employees - from becoming their biggest liability. Mark accomplishes this by working with in-house counsel and human resource professionals of several Fortune 50 companies, as well as many smaller public and privately held profit and not for profit organizations, to provide advice and counsel on the day to day employment and workforce practice issues encountered by those organizations. For over fifteen years Mark has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is licensed and practices in both Texas and Colorado and has focused his practice for the last 20 plus years on defending companies in employment and labor related matters. During this time Mark has had extensive experience in handling and responding to a wide range of local, state and federal employment issues that impact the management and operations of businesses in a wide range of industries. Mark's experience includes appearances before state and federal agencies and regulatory boards, litigation in both state and federal courts, defense of class actions and appearances before courts of appeal. While Mark regularly handles matters in litigation, he has a high regard for handling every issue with the best interest of the client’s business. Mark is a published author and regular speaks on labor, employment and workplace practice topics. Whether it be an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Wage & Hour division of the U.S. Department of Labor, or other state agency; an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or state agency charge claiming a violation of local, state or federal employment or labor laws; or the need for direction on a hiring, termination or business operational issue involving employees, Mark has extensive experience in handling these and many other employment and labor issues.

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Namrita N.

Attorney at Law
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Plano, TX
4 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MN, TX
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Retired Dentist transitioned to Law, with a special interest in Commercial Real Estate, Startup businesses, Asset Purchase Agreements, and Employment Contracts. I love to help dentists and physicians with legal issues pertaining to licensing, credentialing, employment, and general business-legal questions.

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Stanley K.

Corporate Attorney
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Waltham, MA
30 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, MA, TX
University of Texas School of Law

Stan provides legal services to small to medium-sized clients in the New England region, and throughout the U.S. and abroad. His clients are involved in a variety of business sectors, including software development, e-commerce, investment management and advising, health care, manufacturing, biotechnology, telecommunications, retailing, and consulting and other services. Stan focuses on the unique needs of each of his clients, and seeks to establish long term relationships with them by providing timely, highly professional services and practical business judgment. Each client's objectives, business and management styles are carefully considered to help him provide more focused and relevant services. Stan also acts as an outsourced general counsel for some of his clients for the general management of their legal function, including the establishment of budgets, creation of internal compliance procedures, and the oversight of litigation or other outside legal services.

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Gerald W.

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Round Rock, Texas
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL, TX
Valparaiso University School of Law

My clients know me as more than just an attorney. First and foremost, my background is much broader than that. Prior to attending the Valparaiso University School of Law, I earned a Master of Business Administration and ran a small business as a certified public accountant. Thanks to this experience, I possess unique insight which in turn allows me to better assist my clients with a wide range of business and tax matters today. In total, I have over 20 years of experience in financial management, tax law, and business consulting, and I’m proud to say that I’m utilizing the knowledge I’ve gained to assist the community of Round Rock in a variety of ways. In my current practice, I provide counsel to small to medium-sized businesses, nonprofit organizations, and everyday individuals. Though my primary areas of practice are estate planning, elder law, business consulting, and tax planning, I pride myself on assisting my clients in a comprehensive manner. Whenever I take on a new client, I make an effort to get to know them on a personal level. This, of course, begins with listening. It is important that I fully understand their vision so I can help them successfully translate it into a concrete plan of action that meets their goals and expectations. I appreciate the individual attributes of each client and know firsthand that thoughtful, creative, and customized planning can maximize both financial security and personal happiness. During my time as a certified public accountant, I cultivated an invaluable skill set. After all, while my legal education has given me a deep understanding of tax law, I would not be the tax attorney I am today without my background in accounting. Due to my far-reaching experience, I am competent in unraveling even the most complex tax mysteries and disputes. My CPA training benefits my estate planning practice, too. In the process of drafting comprehensive wills and trusts, I carefully account for every asset and plan for any tax burdens that may arise, often facilitating a much smoother inheritance for the heirs of my clients. Prior to becoming certified as a CPA, I made sure to establish a solid foundation in business both in and out of the classroom, and the acumen I’ve attained has served me well. Not only am I better able to run my own practice than I otherwise would be; I am able to help other small business owners fulfill their dreams, as well.

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Pelin U.

Founding Attorney
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Leander, TX
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
Rutgers Law School - J.D. / Law

I am a solo practitioner and the founding attorney at Uzay Law, PLLC, where I provide legal services in family-based immigration, citizenship, and naturalization. In the past, I also advised clients on employment-based immigration, contract, and business matters. I am licensed to practice law in Texas. Before practicing law, I worked as a producer and film consultant in New York for almost two decades. I am fluent in English and Turkish.

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Tom L.

Managing Member
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Houston
17 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
Louisiana State University Law Center

Tom is a former chief legal officer of public and private companies. He has extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, commercial transactions, joint ventures, finance, securities laws and general corporate law across a broad range of industries, including construction, consumer products, e-commerce, energy and healthcare. As an attorney who practiced at two different Top 50 international law firms, he can deliver "Big Law" service at a competitive price. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tom served as an officer in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Captain. He served a tour in Iraq where he led a reconnaissance platoon and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

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Employment Legal Questions and Answers

Employment

Employment Offer

Texas

Asked on Dec 6, 2023

Is background check part of the employment offer?

I recently accepted a job offer and the employer requested that I submit to a background check. However, I am concerned that I may not have been sufficiently informed that this was part of the employment offer. I am wondering if I am obligated to submit to a background check and if it is a requirement of the offer.

J.R. S.

Answered Jan 5, 2024

Potential employers are not explicitly required to disclose that a background check is a necessary condition of employment. In certain circumstances, employers must conduct background checks and keep records of these checks. This is exemplified in the Texas Administrative Code, where an employer must maintain written documentation of a pre-employment check for at least two years regardless of the subsequent employment status of the applicant. You may want to check your offer letter for terms that indicate your employment is contingent upon meeting satisfactory requirements in lieu of specific language of "background check". Depending on the industry and or the company, they may be required to do a background check to verify licensing or education in order to mitigate their risks of negligent hiring.

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Employment

Employee Separation Agreement

Texas

Asked on Jun 13, 2023

When to use an employee separation agreement?

I am an employer considering letting an employee go and am looking to understand when an employee separation agreement is necessary. I am unsure of the distinction between an employee separation agreement and other termination documents and want to ensure that I am following the proper protocol and protecting my business in the event of legal action.

Wendy C.

Answered Jul 18, 2023

Separation agreement is usually helpful when separating with an employee amicably and includes other terms that you want to ask of the other party and which you will also make promises. In other words, it is a two-way (or mutual) agreement. A termination letter is most likely a one-way communication, a notice that such employee is being terminated. You should talk to your preferred counsel to discuss facts in detail and make a determination which one will be the right approach.

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Employment

Employment Offer

Texas

Asked on Dec 7, 2023

How to handle an unsatisfactory employment offer?

I recently received an employment offer from a company that I have been in talks with for several months. The offer is significantly lower than expected and does not include the benefits I was expecting. I am unsure of how to handle the situation and would like advice from a lawyer on how to proceed.

Garrett M.

Answered Jan 23, 2024

One important thing in negotiations like this is that you don't want to let your emotions take over, which will probably lead to you burning a bridge. Even if you were very disappointed in the initial offer, try to stay composed in your communications and just let them know that this is quite a bit below the offer that you were expecting. They will probably say that the offer is more than fair when taking into the market, your qualifications, etc., so it is important that you are prepared with a counter offer and some decent arguments to back up your counter offer. Maybe they mentioned in the hiring process or the job posting that benefits would be included? Maybe you have qualifications that put you above the average market employee in this position? Regardless, employers almost always have some room to move from an initial offer that they make to a prospective employee, so it rarely hurts to ask for a little more.

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Employment

Employee Contract

Texas

Asked on Jul 15, 2023

What are the worst states to hire 1099 independent contractors from because the state will likely classify as an employee?

I'm starting a 1099 remote-based staffing service and I want to stay away from hiring independent contractors with primary residency in states that are unfriendly toward their hiring. I don't want any misclassification issues so I want to stay away from those states altogether.

Merry A.

Answered Aug 13, 2023

I'm a Washington State attorney and my answer does not constitute legal advice, and no attorney/client relationship has been formed. If the person working for you will be working remotely from his or her state, the employment law of that state will govern whether the person will be considered an employee or indepedent contractor. Regardless of where that person works, what will be most important is how your contract with that person is written, and how much you try to control the person's work hours, duties, and so forth. Speaking generally, an independent contractor should be given certain work, and a dealine and expectations, and be allowed to work at 2:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. and report amount of time worked, such as 8/13/23 1.6 hours. If you have set times for work, such as 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, a court will be more likely to find that the person is an employee, not an independent contractor. If you will be using a person to work in another state, I highly recommend that you consult with an employment attorney in that state to review any paperwork you use, such as an employment contract or work contract with an independent contractor. You can find such attorneys through "lawyer referral" through the state bar association in most states, or you can try finding employment attorneys through this national organization: NELA.org Although the analysis of an employee's/independent contractor will vary from state to state, here are two articles from the US Department of Labor that may provide some general guidance to you. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/misclassification and https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fact-sheets/13-flsa-employment-relationship I hope that I have been of help. I am an employment attorney in Washington State, and can review documents for Washington State but generally do not do any document drafting.

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Employment

Dental Associate Contract

Texas

Asked on Jun 9, 2024

What are the key elements to consider when reviewing a dental associate contract?

I am a dentist who has been offered a dental associate position at a private practice, and I am seeking legal advice regarding the key elements I should be aware of when reviewing the dental associate contract. I want to ensure that the terms of the contract are fair and reasonable, and that they protect my rights and interests as an associate. Additionally, I would like to understand any potential implications or restrictions within the contract that may affect my future career opportunities or potential for growth within the dental industry.

Darryl S.

Answered Jun 18, 2024

There are many complex issues to review in a contract of this type and I've found that the employment agreements given to medical professionals are frequently very one-sided to the benefit of the employer with complex non-compete and non-solicit restrictions. The things that should be outlined include the job responsibilities, compensation (including bonus strux), benefits, and probably most importantly termination provisions that outline compensation for termination without cause and what constitutes cause. Lastly, I alway recommend a dispute resolution process that involves mediation and arbitration rather than the courts.

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