Startup Lawyer Attorney Law Firm California Los Angeles 2019-10-05T00:02:07-07:00

Startup Lawyer | Attorney for Startups 

► Seeking the right Startup attorney?

Axis Legal Counsel Provides Experienced, Reliable, and Cost-Effective
Legal Representation of Startups and Businesses

Experienced. Affordable. World Class Talent. 

Starting up a business can be an incredibly exciting, rewarding, and profitable venture — but every startup needs good legal advice to build a solid foundation. Axis represents startups of all sizes and industries and has counseled entrepreneurs and new business owners in California, across the nation, and internationally. If you are in need of legal advice for your new startup, business, or venture, contact Axis for a confidential no-risk and no-charge consultation at or (213) 403-0130.



► Who We Represent

Axis represents a wide variety of startup, emerging, pre-seed, seed-stage, and venture-backed startups in numerous types of legal transactional matters and disputes.  In the startup industry, there are a number of players that are involved in taking a venture from concept into an established and profitable business:

  • Founders
  • Co-founders
  • Investors
  • Advisors
  • Investment groups
  •  Venture capitalists
  • Angel investors
  • Company management
  • Directors and Boards
  • Company officers

► Types of Startups We Represent

Having experience and industry knowledge of startups and emerging business is crucial for providing reliable legal advice. Our clients come from a range of genres spanning multiple fields and areas. We can assist clients from the following fields and backgrounds, including but not limited to the following:

  • Pre-seed stage
  • Seed-stage
  • Developmental startups
  • Emerging startups
  • Venture-backed startups
  • Mobile app startups
  • Consumer products products
  • Manufacturing startups
  • Fashion/apparel startups
  • Digital media startups
  • Green industries startups
  • Food/beverage startups
  • International startups
  • + numerous others

► Startup Practice Areas

Our startup practice areas range from providing business law and corporate advice/counsel to early-stage companies, as well as assisting with financing and securities, raising capital, and planning exits for startup founders.

Our Startups & Formations practice can assist businesses with a wide variety of common startup tasks:


Startup Formations and Governance

Axis represents new business with startup tasks. Whether your business consists of a  Corporation, S-Corporation, LLC, LLP, LP, general partnership, joint venture, and other business entity, it will face common startup formation and governance matters.

Most startups choose to form in a handful of well-known states, such as California, Delaware, New York, Texas, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, and others.  We can assist your startup form properly and maintain its corporate health  by adhering to the requirements and formalities necessary to remain in good standing with the appropriate governmental agencies.

  • 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


Startup Financings and Investments

We assist startup clients with a wide variety of financing and investment transactions. Whether your startup is pursuing equity issuances, debt-based financings, new investments, acquisitions, incentive-based issuances, or others, we can assist. For startups, the most common type of financing transactions include the following:

  • 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
  • Securities filings
  • Stock Issuance
  • Stock Incentive Plans
  • Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Term Sheets

Startup Intellectual Property & Licensing

Axis assists 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
  • Records Retention Policies
  • Software Licensing Agreements
  • Trademarks
  • Trademark Disputes
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Trademark Registrations
  • Web Hosting Agreements
  • Website Terms & Conditions

HR, Labor & Employment for Startups

Axis assists clients 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. For startups, these issues commonly involve 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

Startup Contracts and Transactions

Axis can assist clients with a wide variety of business agreements and transactions with business partners, including but 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


Real Estate

Axis regularly assists clients with real estate matters, including commercial leases, subleasing, landlord relations, property/casualty claims, and similar matters.  For most business clients, the most common legal issues include the following:

  • Commercial leasing
  • NNN Leases
  • Commercial subleases
  • Landlord relations
  • Landlord-commercial tenant matters
  • Commercial lease litigation
  • Property/casualty claims
  • Environmental liability
  • Security liability


Mergers, Acquisitions, and Exits

Axis can also assist your startup with exit strategies, including mergers & acquisitions, business sales, asset purchases, and similar types of exits. For startups, the most common type of exists and exit-type transactions include the following activities:

  • Startup exits
  • Founder exits
  • Founder compenesation packages
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Business sales
  • Business transitions
  • Business exit strategies
  • Buy-outs and restructurings
  • Startup reorganizations
  • Startup acquisitions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Investment banking legal services
  • Term sheets
  • Due diligence investigations and reviews


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.FeesButton

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.

► Getting Legal Help

If you need experienced legal counsel in connection with representation with a startup or startup formations, or a startup lawyer ,  please contact us for legal assistance today. Call today for free consultation, and in as little as 15 minutes, you could have peace of mind with respect to the handling of  your legal matter. Call us today at (213) 403-0130 or .



► 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.

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Our talented legal counsel has been quoted in a number of press outlets, including the following:


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 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) – Top 2.5% of Attorneys in the State
  • “Superb” Rated by (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • “Top Attorneys – Los Angeles Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Recognized as one of the Global 100 Lawyers in Business Law (2017)
  • “Business Law Firm of the Year” – ACQ/Intertrust Magazine (2016)
  • “Top Business Law Firm” – Finance Monthly Magazine (2016)
  • “Superb” Rated by (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Lawyers of Distinction (2016)
  • “Up and Coming Attorneys” (2010)
  • Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to Leading Lawyers and Firms (2009)




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