Client collaboration and agile service at every stage of the business life cycle.
A corporation or an LLC? How to best provide early employees with equity? What if a founder doesn’t work out? Who owns the critical IP, and what IP rights will your startup need? Who should be on the board of directors? How do you maintain an effective board? What should your HR policies be?
We help startups work through these issues and many others so that the founders, employees and advisors have the right incentives to perform and have the right agreements and practices in place to avoid complications when it comes time to seek financing or an acquisition.
Money is the lifeblood of startups, and we’ll help you navigate the process of raising it through equity and convertible debt transactions ranging from “friends and family” investments through angel, seed and later stage investments.
We’ve represented clients in investment transactions at every level and with all types of investors, so we can work quickly through typical roadblocks, focus on key deal terms and business diligence and avoid wasteful arguments over the small stuff.
Buying or selling technology or services? Licensing your content, software or other IP? Selling your products or services through distributors or partnerships? Thinking of outsourcing development or operations? Or building and marketing something together with another company?
We’ll help you get the terms and incentives right for short- and long-term commercial agreements involving technology and services, from software licenses and hosting agreements to joint product development to business process and IP development outsourcing projects.
What you do with user data – how you get it, store it, protect it, send it to others and use it – is regulated by laws and agencies in the U.S. that vary from industry to industry. We help you navigate issues of data privacy, data breaches, privacy policies, email and telephone marketing, and advertising – across many industries including e-commerce, accounting, financial services, consumer products and education.
We also know privacy regulation in the EU and the U.S., both when doing business with EU nationals and when you’re transferring data within a company or to third party service providers.
If you’re being acquired or making an acquisition of your own, our strength is in working with you to quickly and efficiently negotiate a favorable deal that identifies and addresses the key business and technology issues. We’ll work with you through due diligence, signing and closing to help you understand the legal issues that come up and work through any roadblocks that arise.
When it makes sense to partner instead of combine, creating joint ventures and strategic alliances draws on our experience with mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, commercial agreements and IP strategy.
What IP rights does your company need to acquire, develop or license? When does it make sense – taking a strategic view of your business – to spend your time and money to formally protect media, software or other technology that you create? What are the long term consequences of building or buying IP? Or taking an open source approach?
We’ll help you develop and implement an IP strategy that makes sense for your company, work with you in filing copyrights and trademarks and efficiently engage our network of colleagues who specialize in patent prosecution.
New York Office
Before law school, Doug had a fifteen-year career in the information technology field that progressed from developing banking and accounting software to co-founding security software company C2Net (now part of Red Hat). During this time he also worked as a systems programmer for IBM, was Vice President of Consulting at Securify/Kroll-O’Gara and co-founded IO.com, one of the first commercial Internet Service Providers. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced corporate and technology law at Sullivan and Cromwell, Milbank and Gibson Dunn.
Doug brings his unique blend of technical, operational and legal perspectives to bear on a wide range of matters, including commercial agreements, licensing, joint development projects, financings, mergers and acquisitions, asset divestitures, data privacy and security, marketing and advertising law, IP strategy and outsourcing.
Doug has been admitted to practice law in New York since 2006, after receiving a JD from the University of Texas with high honors, where he was Articles Editor for the Texas Law Review and was elected to Chancellors and to the Order of the Coif. He has a BA in Humanities from the University of Texas with highest honors and special honors and a BS in Computer Science from Colorado State University.
New York Office
Sam was born and raised in New York City, and he worked in television and film before and during law school. A graduate of Fordham with a concentration in intellectual property and information law, during law school he interned in the legal departments of Christie’s and Ziff Davis. At Fordham he participated in the Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property and Information Law Clinic, where he provided pro bono legal services for clients with intellectual property issues and received the Archibald M. Murray Award for Public Service. Sam is admitted to practice law in New York State.
We’re passionate about what we do and how we do it. Our formula is simple:
The result is a business transactions and technology law practice distilled to its modern essentials.
By design, we don’t have an attorney in every legal field, but if we can’t do something, we know someone who can. Because of our experience as clients and as large firm attorneys, we have a network of relationships to identify the right experience, and fit, for the particular client and matter – not limited to a single firm. We’re always happy to work hand-in-hand with other firms, large and small, toward the best end result.
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