San Francisco Lawyers for Startups
As San Francisco Bay Area startup attorneys, it is a privilege to work with innovative, new companies. We particularly enjoy it because of the energy and the enthusiasm founders bring. Helping entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life is what makes being a startup lawyer fun. As a startup attorney, another benefit is that the legal issues that emerging-growth companies face are often very intellectually challenging: Disruptive, game-changing technology is often at the bleeding-edge of law.
At the very outset, startups typically need work with founders’ agreements, entity selection and formation, and assignment of intellectual property to the corporation. Frequently that involves forming a Delaware C-Corporation. As the company starts to gain traction, startups need assistance with contracts, employment matters, funding, and more help with their IP. Generally, we can assist with all of those items, and should something be outside of our capabilities, we can usually provide our clients with introductions to other professionals and businesses who may be able to assist them.
Reach out to us by email or phone 415.986.7200 for a free initial consult.
Typical Start Up Issues
Beginning a startup is exciting and consuming. There are also many legal perils that startups face. Entrepreneurs need to be focused on building their businesses not learning how to practice law. I can advise your Bay Area startup on issues such as –
- Best Business Formation for Your Startup: Intelligently choose between California, Delaware, or somewhere else. Make an informed decision on whether to have an S-Corp., C-Corp, Limited Liability Company (LLC), or a partnership.
- Founders’ Agreements and Stock for Startups: If you have more than one founder, you need to be very careful and memorialize the agreement among founders to avoid legal problems later. You also want to make sure that you have vesting in place so that if a founder leaves he or she doesn’t have a disproportionate interest in the business.
- Funding for Startups: Are you planning on bringing in outside money, don’t underestimate the importance of compliance with the state and federal securities laws. I can help with seed, angel, and venture capital financing for startups whether it’s common stock, convertible debt or securities, or issuance of preferred stock.
- Trade Secrets, Copyright, Trade Secret, and Patent Issues. Most Bay Area startups have intellectual property to safeguard. Be sure that you have legal advice on how to protect your IP.