Startups



Whether you’re writing code at 3:00 a.m. or creating a beta for a new medical device, we cover the legal needs and help turn ideas into businesses.

Our approach

Starting a new business is a time of optimism, energy and enthusiasm. At every corner, you encounter decisions and choices that have an impact on future success. And often the company founders are seeking business experience to round out the technical expertise of the scientists or engineers.

Our Startup team matches your passion step for step, and covers the range of legal concerns you may encounter. We also have experience across numerous industries and technologies, offering advice in the context of the specific business you’re trying to build.

We help emerging companies with:

  • Choice of entity and business formation
  • Governance matters, including founders agreements, and board and advisory board matters
  • Patent, trademark and trade secret protection
  • Stock plans, stock options and restricted stock grants
  • Employment and consulting agreements
  • Work for hires, non-competes and non-solicitation agreements
  • License agreements and options to license from research institutions
  • Strategic planning and advisory services
  • Introductions to funding sources
  • Friends and family, angel, venture capital and private equity financing transactions
  • Federal and state securities law compliance
  • Crowdfunding
  • Immigration
  • Global business growth opportunities and issues
  • FDA and regulatory

We have deep relationships with accelerators in numerous office locations including:

  • Tumml
  • High Tech Rochester
  • LaunchPad Long Island
  • Cambridge Innovation Center
  • Innovate Pasadena

Our immersion in these communities gives us deep context about your business priorities. That informs our ability to offer services to startups beyond the law—routinely connecting clients with our network of accountants, investment banks, and other business consultants. We offer a high level of partnership in launching your company and driving it forward.

Knowing your legal needs may not match your legal budget, we offer a high level of fee flexibility to fit with your business plan.

We work with

  • Software
  • Social Media
  • E-commerce & Retail
  • Biotechnology
  • Consumer products
  • Medical devices
  • Fashion
  • Bioinformatics
  • Transportation
  • Mobile health care technology
  • Media and entertainment
  • Cleantech

When starting a business, consider the liabilities

The New York Times | November 17, 2016

Long Island Health Care partner Allan Cohen is quoted in this article about legal challenges entrepreneurs can face when starting a business. Allan’s comments focus on areas start-ups should keep in mind such as patent, ownership and copyright issues, and what companies should consider to avoid being sued.

Nixon Peabody Associate Sees Drone Practice Take Wing

The Recorder | June 15, 2015

This feature Q&A highlights efforts by San Francisco commercial litigation associate Cameron Cloar-Zavaleta to secure FAA permission for clients for commercial drone use.

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