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Startups Lawyer | Startups Attorney

Startups  Lawyer | Attorney for Startups 

Our Startup and Founders Law Practice combines
outstanding technical talent with exceptional value.

Experienced. Affordable. World Class Talent. 

Axis Legal Counsel represents startups and founders throughout the world with a wide variety of U.S. business and corporate law matters.  We represent pre-seed, seed-stage, and growth-oriented startups, small businesses, as well as investor-backed ventures in a wide variety of financing transactions, including international financing.  We have 20+ years representing a wide variety of startups, including tech startups, software, decentralized finance, clutching, crypto currency, AI/artificial intelligence, consumer products, clothing/apparel, green industries, cannabis, entertainment, gaming, sports/athletics, nonprofit, healthcare, and numerous other industries.

► Who We Represent

We serve all types of startups, companies, funds, and investors, including but not limited to:

  • Startups and founders
  • Delaware and offshore entities
  • Platforms and SaaS startups
  • Fintech & Blockchain startups
  • Funds / Fund formations
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Token-based issuers
  • Angel Investors
  • U.S. investors
  • International investors
  • Private companies
  • Brokers and dealers

► The Transactions We Service 

Axis provides full-service business law support and advice/counsel for startups and established businesses in all types of transactions.  We represent all types of business clients in numerous industries, whether at the emerging stage, such as pre-seed, seed-stage, or early stage ventures, or established businesses, whether small businesses, mid-sized companies, or large international businesses with a multitude of offices and employees.

Having experience and knowledge of business law is crucial to providing legal advice. We serve a variety of business law transactions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Securities filings
  • Regulation D filings
  • Private Placements
  • Private placement memorandums
  • Offering Circulars
  • White papers
  • Securities offerings Offerings
  • Cryptocurrency SAFTs / Simple Agreements for Future Tokens
  • Cryptocurrency Smart Contracts

 Startup Law Practice Areas

   Startup Business Formations

Axis can assist your new startup establish as a  Corporation, S-Corporation, LLC, LLP, LP, general partnership, joint venture, and other business entity with a variety of business formation matters. Businesses often incorporate in a handful of popular states, including California, Delaware, New York, Texas, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, and others. We can assist your business with business formations as well as common formation activities.

  • Annual Reports
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Certificates of Incorporation
  • By-Laws
  • DBA (Sole Proprietorship)
  • Dissolutions
  • Employer/Employee
  • Federal EIN
  • Founders’ Agreement
  • Foreign Qualification
  • Franchise Board Information
  • Good Standing Certificates
  • Incorporator’s Statements & Resolutions
  • Licensing (City/County)
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Applications
  • Operating Agreements
  • Resolutions (General)
  • Sales Licenses
  • Statement of Information
  • Stock Certificates
  • Tax Informational Sheet
  • Tax Registrations
  • Zoning Applications

   Financings and Investments

Whether you are an investor, startup, or established business,  Axis can assist your business with a variety of financing and investment transactions, whether involving equity issuances, debt-based financings, new investments, acquisitions, incentive-based issuances, or others. The most common types of financing transactions are as follows:

  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Assignments
  • Business Loan Agreements
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Collateral Assignments & Security Agreements
  • Convertible Notes
  • Deal Memos
  • Debt Financings
  • Equity Incentive Plans
  • Equity Financings
  • Investor Agreements
  • Lock Up Agreements
  • Mezzanine Loans
  • Memos of Understanding
  • Non-Profit Financings
  • Pledge Agreements
  • Promissory Notes
  • Restricted Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Revolving Notes
  • SAFEs
  • Section 83(b) Elections
  • Stock Issuance
  • Stock Incentive Plans
  • Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Term Sheets

   Startup Business & Corporate Transactions

Axis assists clients with a wide variety of transactions. The most common types of transactions for startup business clients include the following:

  • Equity issuances and offerings
  • Debt offerings
  • Venture capital
  • Private placement memorandum
  • Investor financings
  • Secondary offerings
  • 144A Private Placement
  • Offering Circulars
  • Private Placements
  • Debt-based Offerings
  • Regulation S Offerings
  • Regulation D Offerings
  • Regulation A Offerings
  • Regulation A+ Offerings
  • Convertible Notes
  • Bridge Financings
  • Mezzanine Financings
  • ICOs and Cryptocurrency securities
  • Token-based issuances


   Startup Financings, Investments, and Securities Law

 Federal and state law generally requires ongoing compliance for businesses with securities issued to private or public investors. These can include working with your business to prepare registration statements and reporting obligations, including but not limited to the following:

  • Registration Statements (S1, S3, SB-2, F-20, 10, 10SB Statements)
  • Periodic Reports (10K, 10Q, 8K statements)
  • Compliance with state blue sky laws
  • Securities Act of 1933 Compliance
  • Securities Act of 1934 Compliance
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Compliance with California Department of Business Oversight


    Tax Law Compliance

 We assist clients seek compliance with the myriad of tax, regulatory, and compliance laws that accompany securities filings, including but not limited to:

  • FinCEN Compliance
  • IRS Compliance
  •  Commodities Futures Trading Commission Compliance
  • Tax compliance
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance and Policies
  •  Money-Transmitter Business licensing
  • Money Services Business (MSB) Regulations
  • Department of Treasury Regulations
  •  U.S. Banking Laws
  • Bank Secrecy Act Compliance

     Intellectual Property & Licensing

We assist clients with a wide variety of intellectual property and licensing matters, ranging across copyright, trademark, trade secret, licensing, confidentiality, and related matters:

  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Copyrights
  • Copyright Assignments
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Content-Licensing Agreements
  • End-User Agreement
  • Endorsement Deals
  • Intellectual Property Assignment
  • Licensing Contracts
  • Merchandising
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Privacy Policies
  • Promotional Agreements
  • Records Retention Policies
  • Software Licensing Agreements
  • Sweepstakes & Contests
  • Trademarks
  • Trademark Disputes
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Trademark Registrations
  • Web Hosting Agreements
  • Website Terms & Conditions

    Labor & Employment

Axis assists companies with numerous labor law, wage/hour, HR, and employee/employment legal matters, specifically including hiring/firing matters, employee and independent contractor agreements, and compliance with wage ordinances, and local rules.  Employers commonly face similar problems requiring legal services consisting of the following:

  • Labor Law Compliance
  • Wage & Hour Compliance
  • Consultant Agreements
  • Discipline Policies
  • Employment Agreements
  • Executive Employee Agreements
  • Employee Disputes
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Employee IP Assignment
  • Employee Stock Options
  • Employee Separate/Release Agreements
  • Employee Wage/Hour Informational Sheet
  • FMLA Leaves
  • HR Policies
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Non-Compete / Non-Solicit Agreements
  • Risk Management
  • Sales Rep Agreements
  • Terms of Use Policies

      B2B / Strategic Partner Contracts

Axis assists business clients with a wide variety of business agreements and transactions with business partners.  For business-to-business agreements, the most common types of contracts can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advertising agreements
  • Agent Agreements
  • App development Agreemeents
  • Consulting agreements
  • Contractor agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Marketing Agreements
  • OEM Agreements
  • Manufacturing Agreements
  • Professional Services Agreements
  • Production Agreements
  • Purchase Order Agreements
  • Supply Agreements
  • U.S. Distribution Agreements
  • Website development Agreements
  • Numerous others


Our Billing Philosophy and Fees

We have a wide variety of billing arrangements that are flexible for businesses of all sizes and types. On many  occasions, we provide legal services to business clients on a flat fee, or budgeted basis, by which the overall legal expenses are capped for purposes of the task or project being performed. It is generally a very straightforward  process, and many clients are pleased to learn how affordable it can be to obtain reliable legal advice for their business matter.

We also use traditional legal billing structures, such as hourly services, as well as hybrid billing arrangements for clients whose billing needs are more specific. Our billing practices reflect the philosophy of providing value-added services for clients, in a cost-effective, affordable, and reliable manner. Most businesses generally cannot afford the high legal fees of large law firms, which can feel overwhelming, especially when there are multiple timekeepers assigned to a file all doing what appears to be the same or similar tasks. Our billing philosophy specifically is designed to avoid the types of billing practices that frustrate business clients the most.


► Read our Business FAQs


Our FAQs answer the most common issues faced by startups and  businesses.

We have an extensive FAQ Library that covers the most common questions we get from businesses, as well as FAQs on recent changes in  law affecting businesses .

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Have we counseled businesses like yours? All the time.

We have represented a variety of business clients in numerous industries across multiple disciplines and practice matters.




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Our Awards and Accolades

Our talented legal counsel has  consistently been recognized for excellence in legal services, and has been rated or ranked by Avvo, SuperLawyers, Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to Leading Litigation Lawyers & Law Firms, Los Angeles Magazine, and others.

  • Superlawyers – Rising Stars – Top 2.5% of Attorneys in the State
  • “Superb” Rated by
  • “Top Attorneys – Los Angeles Magazine
  • Recognized as one of the Global 100 Lawyers in Business Law
  • “Business Law Firm of the Year” – ACQ/Intertrust Magazine
  • “Top Business Law Firm” – Finance Monthly Magazine
  • “Superb” Rated by
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • “Up and Coming Attorneys”
  • Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to Leading Lawyers and Firms

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National Recognition

The talent at Axis has been recognized nationally for its legal services in a variety of publications, news outlets and other channels across the nation and internationally.

Representing Clients from 22+ Countries Internationally

Axis has represented a wide variety of business clients  in numerous deals, transactions, contracts, agreements, disputes and legal matters. For information on how we may be able to assist you, please contact [email protected].


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