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Rosario A. on ContractsCounsel
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August 24, 2020

Rosario A.

Trademark Attorney
Free Consultation
Seattle, WA
4 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
University of Washington

I'm a Washington-licensed lawyer specializing in trademark practice and with an extensive trademark education and academic background. I currently work with domestic and international businesses seeking trademark protection in the U.S. by conducting trademark searches, providing legal advice, submitting USPTO applications, and preparing responses to office actions. I'm passionate about trademark law and always looking forward to helping small and medium businesses promote their value by having a registered federal trademark. If you have questions or concerns about trademark/copyright/IP licensing and require legal advice, feel free to contact me and we can have a first chat.

Justin A. on ContractsCounsel
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July 7, 2021

Justin A.

Partner
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Seattle, WA
7 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA NY
The University of Chicago Law School

I am a lawyer who helps small businesses, nonprofits, and startups with a wide variety of agreements, corporate formation, and corporate governance. ​ I earned my BA from Tulane University and my JD from the University of Chicago Law School. Before starting my own practice, I worked at an international law firm in New York City. ​ Outside of work, I am on the board of the nonprofit Seattle REconomy (which runs the NE Seattle and Shoreline tool libraries) and I enjoy gardening, baking bread, and outdoor activities with my spouse and two dogs.

Jason P. on ContractsCounsel
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Jason P.

Business Lawyer
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Portland, OR
8 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA OR
Lewis & Clark Law School

Jason is a self-starting, go-getting lawyer who takes a pragmatic approach to helping his clients. He co-founded Fortify Law because he was not satisfied with the traditional approach to providing legal services. He firmly believes that legal costs should be predictable, transparent and value-driven. Jason’s entrepreneurial mindset enables him to better understand his clients’ needs. His first taste of entrepreneurship came from an early age when he helped manage his family’s small free range cattle farm. Every morning, before school, he would deliver hay to a herd of 50 hungry cows. In addition, he was responsible for sweeping "the shop" at his parent's 40-employee HVAC business. Before becoming a lawyer, he clerked at the Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic where he handled a diverse range of legal issues including establishing new businesses, registering trademarks, and drafting contracts. He also spent time working with the in-house team at adidas® where, among other things, he reviewed and negotiated complex agreements and created training materials for employees. He also previously worked with Meriwether Group, a Portland-based business consulting firm focused on accelerating the growth of disruptive consumer brands and facilitating founder exits. These experiences have enabled Jason to not only understand the unique legal hurdles that can threaten a business, but also help position them for growth. Jason's practice focuses on Business and Intellectual Property Law, including: ​ -Reviewing and negotiating contracts -Resolving internal corporate disputes -Creating employment and HR policies -Registering and protecting intellectual property -Forming new businesses and subsidiaries -Facilitating Business mergers, acquisitions, and exit strategies -Conducting international business transactions ​​ In his free time, Jason is an adventure junkie and gear-head. He especially enjoys backpacking, kayaking, and snowboarding. He is also a technology enthusiast, craft beer connoisseur, and avid soccer player.

Curt B. on ContractsCounsel
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March 25, 2023

Curt B.

Managing Partner
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Los Angeles, California
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA IL, MI, OR, TX
UCLA School of Law

Curt Brown has experience advising clients on a variety of franchising, business litigation, transactional, and securities law matters. Mr. Brown's accolades include: - Super Lawyers Rising Star - California Lawyer of the Year by The Daily Journal - Pro Bono Attorney of the Year the USC Public Interest Law Fund Curt started his legal career in the Los Angeles office of the prestigious firm of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focused on a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters, including securities litigation, antitrust, trademark, bankruptcy, and class action defense. Mr. Brown also has experience advising mergers and acquisitions and international companies concerning cyber liability and class action defense. He is admitted in California, Florida, D.C., Washington, Illinois, Colorado, and Michigan.

Merry A. on ContractsCounsel
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July 26, 2023

Merry A.

Attorney
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Lakebay, WA
38 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
Seattle University School of Law (formerly UPS School of Law) Juris Doctorate

Merry Kogut is a licensed attorney based in Washington State who has been a legal expert on JustAnswer since 2008 specializing in employment law, consumer protection and discrimination issues. She has been an attorney handling WA State phone consultations for Arag Legal Insurance since April, 2023. She has also been an attorney in private practice since 1986, and was in-house legal counsel for multiple WA State government agencies. She brings nearly 50 years combined legal and professional writing experience. Earlier in her career, Merry served as a law clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals, and as a discrimination specialist, investigator and legislative liaison. She also helped establish the “Legal Writing Institute,” a national association of legal writing instructors and administrators. Merry earned her law degree from the Seattle University (formerly University of Puget Sound) School of Law.

Janice K. on ContractsCounsel
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August 30, 2023

Janice K.

Counselor
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Washington
22 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA CA
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.

Joon H. on ContractsCounsel
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June 28, 2023

Joon H.

Managing Attorney
Free Consultation
Washington State
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

I work with private tech companies on entity formation, corporate governance, and commercial agreements. I was an in-house counsel for a unicorn fintech startup and am currently associated with a startup boutique while operating my solo practice. I received my JD from Berkeley Law, and served in the US Navy for 5 years as a combat linguist. I am fluent in Korean.

Reuben O. on ContractsCounsel
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October 21, 2021

Reuben O.

Senior Managing Attorney
Free Consultation
Seattle/Boise
15 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA ID
The University of Iowa

As an entrepreneur at heart, I enjoy working with business owners and executives on a variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing, corporate governance, public and private securities offerings, privacy regulation and early-stage corporate matters including formation. As a lawyer and business professional, I understand the value of providing personal service and focused legal answers to clients navigating a rapidly changing regulatory environment. Whether in Aerospace, Consumer Goods, or Technology, I find great success in work collaboratively with clients to strategical structure their business or implementing strategic growth-oriented financing opportunities.

Amy P. on ContractsCounsel
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February 9, 2022

Amy P.

Principal Attorney
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Edmonds, WA
20 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
The University of Montana School of Law

Amy has served as outside general counsel and litigator to established businesses throughout western Washington since 2010. Her passion and focus is providing the best possible representation for clients in the construction, transportation and hospitality industries.

Eleanor W. on ContractsCounsel
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July 3, 2023

Eleanor W.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Bellevue, WA
12 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
Seattle University School of Law

I have been working as a document review attorney since 2011. I have also done some business and estate planning work. I am fluent in English, Chinese, French, and Japanese.

Diamond R. on ContractsCounsel
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July 30, 2023

Diamond R.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Houston, Texas
1 Yr Experience
Licensed in WA DC, NY
Wayne State University

July 29, 2023 My name is Diamond Simpson Roberts, ESQ, MSPH and I am convinced that I can be a value added asset to most any company. As the first in my family to graduate a four-year university, I graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2000 but could not afford a bar prep course upon completion. After over 20 years, I sat for the July 2022 UBE, successfully passed and am currently licensed in three states! This is an example of my self-motivation, internal drive and passion. I offer over 28 years of diverse experience in healthcare, strategy, sales/marketing, legal/policy and business savvy. I have many years building, leveraging, and sustaining long term relations to drive revenue as an entrepreneur and for corporations. My analytical strengths provide me with an innate ability to think through tough situations/topics while viewing both vantage points (which is excellent for law and life). I have been appointed to serve on numerous committees due to my heightened ability to identify client issues and priorities and provide solutions based upon relevant products, services and needs. I have led teams with and without authority; specifically, I have managed teams for an Adult Foster Care Facility called Etonne Cares, during my post-graduate fellowship with the largest Catholic Healthcare System in the U.S. and during my two-year executive order appointment with the Federal Government (Presidential Management Fellowship). Most importantly, I am a collaborative team player who knows how to improvise, overcome and adapt! I offer numerous years of being a pharmaceutical trainer and being an adjunct using the online platform. I welcome the opportunity to continue in the interview so that I may further highlight the skills I can (and will) contribute to my success in the role. Respectfully, Diamond Simpson Roberts, ESQ, MSPH DQSSIMPSON@GMAIL.COM M: 313-942-6747

Daniel W. on ContractsCounsel
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July 31, 2023

Daniel W.

Principal Attorney
Free Consultation
Gallup, New Mexico
14 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA ID, NM
Seattle University School of Law

In my thirteen years of practice, I've had the opportunity to argue cases in state, federal, and tribal courts; in subjects as diverse as gaming, land tenure, water rights, treaty rights, finance, employment, criminal defense, conflict of laws, and tort (among others). But the real value I brought my clients came through avoiding litigation, fostering relationships, and developing long-term strategies.

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Business Legal Questions and Answers

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LLC

Washington

Asked on Aug 7, 2023

LLC legal requirements?

I am interested in starting a business and I am considering setting it up as a limited liability company (LLC). I want to make sure that I understand all of the legal requirements that come with setting up and operating an LLC. I want to make sure that I remain compliant with all of the applicable laws and regulations so that I can protect myself and my business.

Joon H.

Answered Aug 15, 2023

Hi there, Generally speaking, "limited liability" of LLC means that no member will be personally liable for the LLC's obligations in excess of the amount that he or she contributed, or is otherwise obligated to contribute, to the LLC. In order to enjoy this liability protection, you want to make sure that you respect the boundaries and formalities of your business by: 1. Keeping your business capitalized enough to carry out its normal business functions and meet its reasonably anticipated obligations; 2. Keeping your business assets separate from your personal assets (like not using company truck to run personal errands); 3. Having separate bank accounts; 4. and following corporate formalities like keeping records of meetings, documenting important business actions, and having an operating agreement.

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Business

Terms of Service

Washington

Asked on Dec 13, 2023

Do beta testers need a special terms of service?

I am currently developing a software product and I am looking to have beta testers test out the product. I want to ensure that I have all the necessary legal documents and agreements in place before I allow any beta testers to access the product. I am wondering if beta testers need a special terms of service that is different from the standard terms of service agreement that would be given to customers when they purchase the product.

Merry A.

Answered Jan 16, 2024

In both instances, you should incorporate some type of non-disclosure agreement. For beta testers, you need to address whether you are paying the beta testers in any way, shape, or form, such as a discount for the final software.

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Business

Joint Venture Partnership Agreement

Washington

Asked on Mar 21, 2023

Who pays expenses in a joint venture?

I am currently exploring the possibility of forming a joint venture with another company to pursue a business opportunity. However, I am unclear on how expenses related to the joint venture will be paid and whether each company is responsible for their own expenses or if they will be shared. Therefore, I would like to seek the advice of a lawyer to better understand the financial implications of a joint venture and ensure that my interests are protected.

Jane C.

Answered Mar 31, 2023

It depends on the language in the joint venture agreement.

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Business

Terms of Service

Washington

Asked on Dec 12, 2023

Can I change terms of service without notification?

I am a small business owner who recently created a Terms of Service agreement for my customers. I am considering making changes to the agreement, but I am not sure if I am required to provide a notification to my customers beforehand. I am looking for advice on the best way to handle this situation.

Merry A.

Answered Jan 16, 2024

No -not if you want to be able to enforce the changed language.

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Business

Partnership Agreement

New York

Asked on Nov 16, 2023

What's a buy-sell clause in a partnership agreement?

I am forming a partnership with a business partner and we are in the process of creating a partnership agreement. We understand the importance of having a buy-sell clause in the agreement and we want to make sure that our interests are protected in the event that one of us chooses to leave the partnership. We are looking for more information on what this clause should include and the legal implications of it.

Damien B.

Answered Nov 28, 2023

There are numerous variations of a buy-sell provision, clause or agreement. Generally, the provision is for one of the other owners (or the entity) to purchase the ownership interest of the one who has died or wants to leave the business. For example the parties enter into a buy/sell agreement to effect the purchase of the deceased partner's share upon such partner's death, to be funded by life insurance policies. There could also be an agreement for the entity itself to redeem the shares or membership interest depending on the type of entity Also, sometimes there is another type of triggering event other than an owner's death. Overall though, the buy/sell clause is a way to keep the ownership of the entity with the existing owners rather than having a third party become one of the owners of the business. So a buy-sell clause, provision or agreements alleviate the concern over what happens if a partner dies, leaves the business suddenly or retires.

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