Startups & Emerging Companies

Starting a new business is an exciting and challenging undertaking. Similarly, preparing a business for rapid growth can be an equally exciting endeavor.  Our legal services are designed to meet individual needs and business objectives, in all stages of growth, from the inception of an idea to the sale of a company.  Our team is highly respected, having vast hands-on experience helping businesses manage risk and tackle challenges that arise along the way.




Contact us today to get started!  One of the biggest assets we provide is stability.  We have a rich history in the Pacific Northwest and our relationships in the community, availability, experience and depth of services are valuable for startups and emerging businesses.  Our clients receive the resources of a large, full service law firm with the personal attention of a smaller firm.



  • Entity formation (guidance on personal asset protection and tax liability, funding and operational considerations, location of entity)
  • Financing structures (sources of financing, funding rounds, obligations with equity capital and borrowing)
  • Governing documents (articles, bylaws, operating agreements, shareholders agreements, corporate records)
  • Intellectual property (trademark, copyright and patent protection; confidentiality, IP assignment)
  • Federal and state requirements (tax ID numbers and record keeping; business licenses, permits and certifications; insurance)
  • Employment considerations (confidentiality agreements, employment policies and procedures, contracts)
  • Estate planning (IRS tax regulations, wealth planning issues)
  • Immigration policies and program; immigration compliance

Emerging Companies

  • Financing (funding methods and obligations, securities law and regulations)
  • Employment considerations (non-compete agreements, employee handbooks, compensation agreements, employee classifications, compliance laws, hiring/firing strategies, healthcare)
  • Immigration law (hiring foreign talent, H-1B petitions, PERM, I-9 compliance, foreign investors)
  • Business agreements (customer and vendor contracts and agreements, mergers and acquisitions, equity and asset sales, initial public offering)
  • Regulatory considerations (registered investment advisors, investment advisor registration, regulated industries, insurance, administration)
  • Litigation (ownership and employment disputes, unfair business practices, contract disputes, IP protection)
  • Business exit (succession planning and ownership transfer, estate and tax considerations)


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