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.

Seth M Frederiksen
1001 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Business, Financial Markets And Services, Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions, Aviation
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law,University of Redlands
State Licensing
DC

Colby A Smith
(202) 383-8095
555 13TH ST NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Litigation, Investment Fraud, Corporate, White Collar Crime, Class Action
Education
Columbia University School of Law,Columbia University,University of Utah
State Licensing
DC

Scott L. Winkelman
(202) 624-2972
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw
Washington, DC
Specialties
Class Action, Litigation, Commercial
State Licensing
DC, Illinois

Elizabeth B Mccallum
(202) 383-7336
1299 Pennsylvania Ave Nw
Washington, DC
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Appeals
State Licensing
DC

Peter M Kazon
(202) 756-3334
950 F ST NW
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Corporate, Financial Markets And Services, Government
Education
Temple University,Tufts University
State Licensing
DC, Massachusetts

Junius J Joyner III
(202) 662-5607
1201 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Antitrust, Fraud, Media, Corporate, Employee Benefits
Education
George Washington University National Law Center,University of Central Florida
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

Jamil E Nasir
950 F ST NW
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Corporate, Environmental, Land Use & Zoning, Construction
Education
University of Michigan,University of Michigan
State Licensing
DC

Kenneth G Jaffe
(202) 756-3154
950 F ST NW
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Corporate, Financial Markets And Services, Energy
Education
Harvard University,State University of New York
State Licensing
DC

David L Wochner
(202) 383-0381
1275 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Energy, Environmental, Corporate, Commercial, Litigation
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,Georgetown University
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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