Cover Your Legal Bases Washington DC

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

Martin Jacobs
901 NEW YORK AVE NW FL 3
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Business, Financial Markets And Services, Entertainment
Education
New York University School of Law,Baruch School of Business, City College of New York
State Licensing
DC

Aditya Dabholkar
1001 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Corporate, Investment Fraud, International Law, Business
Education
Columbia University School of Law,Columbia University,McGill University
State Licensing
DC

Joshua JR Gessler
1001 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Corporate, Investment Fraud, Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Markets And Services
Education
George Mason University School of Law,American University,George Mason University,George Mason Unive
State Licensing
DC

T Gail Maddox-Levine
1201 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Antitrust, Fraud, Media, Corporate, Employee Benefits
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
State Licensing
DC

Stuart P Pergament
1090 K Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Specialties
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property
Education
Fordham University School of Law,Princeton University,State University of New York, Stony Brook,Stat
State Licensing
DC

Robert F Stankey
1201 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Corporate, Intellectual Property, Media
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,University of Virginia School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
DC

Susan Lafferty
(202) 383-0168
1275 Pennsylvania Avenue Nw
Washington, DC
Specialties
Energy, Government, Commercial
State Licensing
DC

Michael L Calhoon
1299 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Business, Litigation, International Law, Intellectual Property, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
University of Texas School of Law,Yale University,London Business School
State Licensing
DC

Aaron M Bailey
901 NEW YORK AVE NW
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Commercial
Education
American University, Washington College of Law,American University,Wabash College
State Licensing
DC, Maryland

Michael David Schaefer
(202) 383-0247
1275 Pennsylvania Avenue Nw
Washington, DC
Specialties
Business, Mergers & Acquisitions
State Licensing
DC

Cover Your Legal Bases

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Even if Just a Part-Time Business, it Makes Sense to Use a Legal “Professional”
By Jim R. Sapp

While you may be able to handle most of the issues that will arise in a new part-time business, you will want professional assistance for more complex legal issues. Even the smallest businesses need legal advice from the beginning. Don't wait until you have a legal problem to look for an attorney.

Selecting Process

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

You don’t have the time or money to pay someone to learn about your specific industry, so find a professional who is servicing your business sector already. If your company is highly specialized, a business trade publication may list professionals who will understand your specific needs.

Second, when you have settled on one or two law firms, conduct a face-to-face interview with the candidates before you hire. Interview the specific individuals who will service your business and are close in proximity. Ask questions, such as where they went to school, what their expertise is, and if they have experience in your industry. Other good questions include:

• What is your hourly billing rate?
• How often do you increase your rate?
• Can I talk to one or two other small business people you work for?
• What types of work do you most enjoy?

Make your final selection carefully. It is expensive to switch law firms!

Issues An Attorney Can Help You With:
You should do as much for your part-time business as you can yourself; however, a lawyer should review the complex issues. To begin, write a list of exactly what you want the attorney to do for you.

Choosing a Business Structure
An attorney with small or home business expertise can assist you in selecting the structure for your business: a sole proprietorship; partnership; a corporation; or a limited liability company (LLC). An attorney can also help you complete the necessary forms to incorporate your business. Further, it’s important to have the name and address of an attorney for a loan document or any leases you need to have reviewed.

Safeguarding Intellectual Property
An attorney can also help you safeguard your intellectual property, and reserve your own Internet domain name, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. An attorney can also help you to avoid violating other companies’ copyrights, trademarks, or patents.

Conflict Mediation
An attorney can also help you mediate conflicts with consumers and with vendors before they become expensive litigation or before relationships with them are beyond repair. An attorney can also advise you on how to handle potential claims and avoid lawsuits.

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