Creative Business Lawyer® in Joint Ventures
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Alexis Neely graduated first in her class from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999 and went on to become an associate at the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson for three years before opening her own firm, Martin Neely & Associates, in Redondo Beach, CA in 2003.
Industry Focus: Family Businesses, Coaches, Authors and Speakers, Estate Planning for Business Owners, Joint Ventures, Franchisers & Franchisees, Green Businesses & Sustainability, Personal Services, Professional Services
Licensed In: California, USAView Profile
…when people meet me for the first time and learn that I am a lawyer, many are surprised. Their expectation is that lawyers are “flashy, slick operators” – and that’s just not who I am. I like to think my calm and caring demeanor and desire to educate and truly do the right things for my clients will set me apart from the stereotypical lawyer. Being to some extent the “anti-lawyer” has its pitfalls. Let me give you some examples … One of my law firms areas of focus is Estate Planning. I’m in competition with the “do it yourself on-line” resources all the way up to up to and including the big law firms that give the clients “just what they ask for” – (not what they need). On one end of the spectrum, you get what you pay for … the cheapest possible “estate plan“. But here’s the problem … most of those “plans” are inadequate and truly do not address all of the needs of the “virtual client” … and guess what – the virtual client will never know or be able to rectify the problem because they’re dead before anyone finds out. The responsibility to get the estate straightened out then falls to loved ones … at more legal expense typically than doing it right in the first place (!). Never mind that this time should be reserved for allowing the family to grieve. Have you ever had a Sam Kinison moment? Remember the comedian who used to punctuate his jokes by screaming the punch line? The client will never know BECAUSE THEY’RE DEAD! But this is no joke! Never mind that his estate was a shambles, this is all too often the reality of “cheap, on-line” solutions. At the other end of the spectrum is the client that says “Can you draw me up a will” … and that’s exactly what the lawyer does … without understanding or explaining the full scope of the clients’ estate. I call this “the path of least resistance” type of law firm … they’ll make a bit of money, but guess what … if it is not completely adequate the client will never know BECAUSE … you get the idea.
Industry Focus: Construction (Commercial, Residential, Infrastructure), Digital Publishing & New Media Production, Entrepreneurs, Estate Planning for Business Owners, Family Businesses, Farming, Land Development and Agriculture, Film Development (Finance, Production and Distribution), Home Healthcare, International Businesses, Interstate Transportation, Investment and Financial Services, Joint Ventures, Local Brick and Mortar Establishments, Mom and Pop Shops, Medical Professionals, Media Services, Personal Services, Professional Services, Entertainment (Performers, Actors, Artists, etc), Real Estate Investors, Restaurants and Bars, Software Development, Start-ups, Technology, Venture Capitalists
Licensed In: Massachusetts, USAView Profile
We're not your regular law practice. Kelly began her legal career 20 years ago as a commercial litigator and then served as General Counsel for small businesses and then within a business unit for a Fortune 500 company. She is also a certified life coach (http://www.soulfulmind.com/), a theologian and interfaith minister who brings a holistic approach to legal guidance. As our business name indicates, we emphasize the legal counseling function.
Industry Focus: Entrepreneurs, Estate Planning for Business Owners, Family Businesses, Franchisers & Franchisees, Joint Ventures, Local Brick and Mortar Establishments, Mom and Pop Shops, Personal Services, Professional Services, Start-ups
Licensed In: New Jersey, USA, Pennsylvania, USAView Profile
Melanie is the founder of Melanie Cunningham Law Office P.C., where she helps small business owners gain a peace of mind about the operation of their business. Melanie returned to the law after a 10+ compliance career with large global financial institutions because she had a passion and knack for making legal principals user-friendly for everyday people (especially those without a family history of entrepreneurship) striking out on their own.
Industry Focus: B-Corps, Coaches, Authors and Speakers, Entrepreneurs, Estate Planning for Business Owners, Family Businesses, Healing Arts Practitioners, Joint Ventures, Non-Profit, Personal Services, Professional Services, Start-upsView Profile
Shreya will challenge you to a dance-off to settle disputes and describes herself as a “third culture kid.” She is originally a child of the global economy and knows too much about the oil & gas industry. She’s pleased with Seattle, but often travels back to Houston, TX for LayRoots and for the family business she started with her father. She started her career as a creative writer and ballet dancer, but found it difficult to achieve much success (while alive) in the fields if no one sees your work. After a brief stint as a college radio DJ, she resigned herself to working as a Chemical Engineer in the Oil & Gas world of Houston before going to law school.
Industry Focus: Family Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Joint Ventures, Medical Professionals
Licensed In: Washington, USAView Profile