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Can Anyone Recommend an Attorney in the Dallas Area?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-13

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The Inlaw Conflict

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Posted by RichieBlueEyes on 2009-03-28

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This is a repost from a blog that is going live on Monday morning on Bootstrapper.com, I figured I would post it here first...

So today's post is about a topic near and to everyone in our community, The "inlaws". By that I mean the inherent conflict of interest that tends to occur within the legal community in relation to the venture community. I've gotten to know a number of lawyers in the community quite well over the last few years and have a lot of respect for them and are friends with a number of lawyers, however it is a small community and an interesting thing that occurs is that the same law firm can and often does represent both sides in a transaction (either directly or indirectly). What do I mean? Well, a law firm can represent a fund in one deal and the entrepreneur in another and both be going on simultaneously. It creates a confusing situation.

Outside of the venture sphere, the situation could be seen as a conflict of interest but given our world, it is standard practice. Often times the lawyer may be the one that introduced the company to the investor which is great for both parties but further complicates the question of representation.

The founding member of The Funded always likes to say that the lawyers work for the fund not for you and that the second $ is closed, it is no longer your counsel.

Given that the fund represents (generally) infinitely more business than a single entrepreneur, there is a point in there. On a technical level corporate counsel represent the controlling shareholder or bloc of shareholders but on a practical level it's something to think about.

Overall, it's usually good to have a venture law firm for your company because they do tend to know how to raise money and the process, however it may make sense to have a personal counsel review everything for how it looks from your perspective as the entrepreneur because you want someone looking at your docs that is representing you personally, not your company.

To conclude: Cover Your Ass no matter what you do - I've been screwed out of vesting and know many entrepreneurs who have as well. Protect yourself and make sure you have protections in place.

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Deferred Fees for Attorneys

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Business in a Box and Other Software

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Seeking a Bridge Note with Discount for Conversion

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Can Anyone Recommend a Good Bankruptcy Attorney?

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Negotiating Legal Fees

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Attorneys, Raising Money, and Private Placements

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Another Patent Question

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Patent Infringement

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Gerald Newman & Dp Os?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-20

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No Hourly Breakdown for Legal Fee for Investor Counsel

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-14

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-13

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Lawyer Terms

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Help with (West) Los Angeles Fundraising Law Firm Referral

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-23

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Venture Lawyers and Retainers

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-26

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New Site to Evaluate Attorneys (Fizzlaw.Com)

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Posted by TDZach on 2008-10-17

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Inside Experience with Wsgr

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-18

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Legal Fees on Series A

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In Ontario: Who Do You Recommend as a Startup Lawyer?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-12

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Rates, Agreements From Silicon Valley Attorneys for Bootstrapped, Unfunded Companies?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-11

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Law Firms: Best for Biotech

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-10

Tags: Preparation Lawyers Recommendations

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We're based in ATL, and have been working with local firms. As we are finishing our angel round - which we had to do ourselves - I'm considering a change. We need to keep improving our IP portfolio, prep and execute a Series A (

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are in Bay Area and have a reputation for life sciences companies like ours. Has anybody had any experience with them"

Who would YOU recommend"

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Lawyers Costs for a Series A

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-25

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Investors' Legal Bills

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-04-29

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