Practice Areas

Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting an attorney is an important step in protecting your business or intellectual property.  You should do your “due diligence” before signing an engagement letter.  Check with the state Bar Association to make sure the lawyer is admitted and in good standing.  Try to meet in person and get a sense of whether your communication styles are similar.  Does the lawyer take the time to listen to and answer your questions and concerns?  Or is he or she brusque, just viewing you as a segment on her timesheet that will add up to another billable hour?  Consider whether you really want to be relegated to communicating with your attorney through his or her secretary.  If you need a lot of explanations and guidance, it might make sense to engage your lawyer on a fixed-fee basis for a project so you are not billed each time you call or email with a question.  

What steps are taken to ensure there are no conflicts with other clients? 

How often will you be billed?  

What is the hourly rate? 

Does he or she have experience representing clients in similar matters, or do you get the sense that he or she is bright enough to research a new legal issue or area of law for you? 

Most importantly, do you feel comfortable that this person will appropriately represent you and maintain all communications in confidence in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct?  

Please consider these questions carefully before hiring an attorney.  

Trademark Applications | Trademark Search | Trademark Registration

We offer legal services related to trademark and brand protection including trademark searching, clearance, applications, registrations, drafting responses to United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) actions, reviewing watch notices and making recommendations of proposed action, drafting or responding to cease and desist letters for trademark infringement or dilution, and service mark, certification mark, and collective mark searches, clearances, and registrations.

 

Contracts, Agreements, And Legal Documents

An agreement between two parties forms the backbone of the relationship, and sets out rules for how activities will proceed or end. We can assist you with drafting the appropriate legal language in your contract, and negotiating with the other side to make sure the provisions of the contract protect you and accurately represent your understanding of the situation.

 

Mergers & Acquisitions | Selling A Business | Buying A Business

We can help with the legal aspects of buying or seling a business.  Our services include conducting due diligence, drafting/ reviewing stock or asset purchase agreements, including intellectual property representations and warranties, and evaluating contracts regarding equipment and property.

 

FDA Law and Compliance | FTC Law and Compliance | Labeling & Marketing

If you manufacture or sell a product for human consumption, we can help you comply with Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations regarding advertising and labeling your food item or nutritional supplement.  If you advertise or market any product or service to consumers, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines will determine how you can communicate to consumers.  We can help you navigate through these regulations.

 

Technology Transactions And Software Licensing

We have spent more than ten years immersed in technology law, including software and other licensing arrangements, service agreements, OEM contracts, VAR and other reseller or sales agent contracts, and will be happy to help you whether you are the software creator (licensor) or user (licensee).

 

Intellectual Property | Copyright, Brand Protection

We love helping with “soft” intellectual property, including copyright, trademarks, software and licensing agreements.  We do not practice patent law, but may be able to refer you to another qualified attorney who does.

 

General Business Law

We can help with the legal aspects of running a business.  Whether you need a contract drafted for a vendor or customer, or want to analyze a document regarding a potential business dispute, we can advise you with respect to the transaction.

Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting an attorney is an important step in protecting your business or intellectual property.  You should do your “due diligence” before signing an engagement letter.  Check with the state Bar Association to make sure the lawyer is admitted and in good standing.  Try to meet in person and get a sense of whether your communication styles are similar.  Does the lawyer take the time to listen to and answer your questions and concerns?  Or is he or she brusque, just viewing you as a segment on her timesheet that will add up to another billable hour?  Consider whether you really want to be relegated to communicating with your attorney through his or her secretary.  If you need a lot of explanations and guidance, it might make sense to engage your lawyer on a fixed-fee basis for a project so you are not billed each time you call or email with a question.  

What steps are taken to ensure there are no conflicts with other clients? 

How often will you be billed?  

What is the hourly rate? 

Does he or she have experience representing clients in similar matters, or do you get the sense that he or she is bright enough to research a new legal issue or area of law for you? 

Most importantly, do you feel comfortable that this person will appropriately represent you and maintain all communications in confidence in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct?  

Please consider these questions carefully before hiring an attorney.