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.

Michael St Patrick Baxter
(202) 662-5164
1201 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Corporate, Insurance
Education
Harvard University Law School,University of Western Ontario
State Licensing
DC

Daniel H Squire
1455 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Environmental, Financial Markets And Services, Litigation, Commercial
Education
Harvard University Law School,Yale University
State Licensing
DC

Barbara Bennett
1001 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Health Care, Life Science & Biotech, Business, Financial Markets And Services, Tax
Education
Vanderbilt University Law School,Vanderbilt University
State Licensing
DC, Tennessee

Matthew Gatewood
(202) 383-0122
1275 Pennsylvania Avenue Nw
Washington, DC
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Class Action
State Licensing
DC

John D Pilznienski
1201 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Antitrust, Fraud, Media, Corporate, Employee Benefits
Education
American University, Washington College of Law,University of Rochester
State Licensing
DC

Henry J Daley
(202) 344-8253
575 7th Street Nw
Washington, DC
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Public Finance, Business
State Licensing
DC, Massachusetts

Andrea M. Lachenmayr
(202) 662-0423
701 Eighth Street NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Business, Financial Markets And Services, Energy, Environmental
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,Wesleyan University
State Licensing
DC

Scott P Perlman
1090 K Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Specialties
Antitrust, Family, Business, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
Harvard University Law School,University of Pennsylvania
State Licensing
DC

Joan G Ochs
(202) 942-5343
1001 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW OFFICE BLDG
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Government Contracts, Corporate
Education
George Washington University National Law Center,Northwestern University
State Licensing
DC

David P Cohn
(202) 739-5586
1111 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW
WASHINGTON, DC
Specialties
Antitrust, Business, Financial Markets And Services, Corporate, Wrongful Death
Education
Loyola University Chicago School of Law,Grinnell College
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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