Business Law

I represent small businesses as your general counsel. If you look at any large corporation they have lawyers down the hall employed directly by the corporation. As a small business, this is cost prohibitive and it would be unrealistic for you to hire a full-time attorney. I am your general counsel and provide legal advice and strategic forethought for any situation that may arise. Whether you are just starting out and want to ensure your corporate bylaws adequately protect you and a partner, are concerned about a new lease, have an employee you need to fire, or any other type of issue that arises, I am there.

My philosophy is to save you money by being your general counsel and hiring specialized expertise only when needed. For example, if you are in the telecom industry, you have particular needs dealing with the FCC in addition to the standard small business issues that arise whether you are in telecom or auto sales. While I am not an expert at dealing with the FCC, it is also unlikely that the guy who knows the FCC is well versed in all other areas of law. What I do is advise and help you with the general areas of law, as well as act as a liaison between you and the expensive specialist who charges you a fortune. This saves you a lot of money!

Please contact me if you are planning to start a business, want general advice, or have an urgent legal need. I would be happy to provide a free initial consultation to discuss how we may work together.

Rates

I find it frustrating when I look at a website and it doesn’t provide me with the cost of hiring the company. Of course, it is hard to estimate what your legal needs are without discussing with you in detail what you need.

That said, I can bill hourly, flat-fee, or “on retainer”. If I bill hourly, my standard billing rate is $240 an hour, rounded to the 1/10th of the hour. An advanced fee deposit is usually required; any unused portion is fully refundable. Flat-fee work allows us to negotiate a price for a particular service. This allows you, the customer, to know exactly how much a service is going to cost ahead of time. I particularly like working this way over hourly billing.

On-Retainer allows you to purchase a monthly block of my time on an ongoing basis. Once we get to know one another and develop a relationship, it is often very advantageous for the client to be able to pick up the phone and call any time a minor question comes up without worrying about the cost. As part of this service I can really get to know you and your business which allows for the highest quality representation and is the most comparable to having your attorney down the hall. I am virtually down the hall, available by cell phone or email, just as if I was your general counsel.