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What are good attorneys for startups in the SF Bay Area to incorporate a company?

Minita Choudhary Founder & CEO at AuraSafe Inc.

July 17th, 2015

What are good attorneys for startups in the SF Bay Area to incorporate a company?

Anonymous

July 17th, 2015

Lots of good lawyers but let me just throw in my two cents that, if you don't think you need other legal work/opinions for a while, Clerky is a great solution and I've used them for a lot and it's fairly easy and saves a lot of money vs a lawyer. 

Noah Webster Co-Founder and CEO at Joir

July 17th, 2015

I will second Ray's recommendation of Clerky. They were great to work with, and quite hepful with the handful of questions that I had. And the price is very reasonable for what you need as  startup.

Daniel Austin Founder and CEO at GRIN Technologies, Inc.

July 17th, 2015

I've found Grellas Shah in Cupertino to be well-informed, experienced, and helpful regarding legal and incorporation matters for startups: 
http://www.grellas.com/

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Tony Dykes Director at EnChroma, Inc.

July 17th, 2015

Depends what kind of startup. If it is a "turn on the faucet" type of company with respect to fundraising then the big guys ie Fenwick/Wilson/Gunderson can make sense. It gets them familiar with you from the beginning. Wilson even will (or used to) do the work on spec and take it out of your raise.

If you are in the "scrapy bootstrapper" camp dont go via biglaw, find someone who used to work at one of those shops who has hung out a shingle via linkedin or something.

Incorporation is not difficult legal work, there are even software packages now that just crank it out.

Eleanor Carman Incoming BLP Sales Associate at LinkedIn

July 17th, 2015

This is a very popular (and important!) topic, which is why we already have tons of great discussions about incorporation on FD:Discuss. Here are all the legal discussions. And here are the discussions specifically about incorporation. I would recommend doing a quick search before posting because we already have a ton of valuable discussions about popular topics (like this) that are easily found via keyword search. You can also follow the topics you care about so you're notified when there is an update :) 

Minita Choudhary Founder & CEO at AuraSafe Inc.

July 19th, 2015

Thanks everyone for your response. It is very helpful to have a community that can respond immediately to questions like these!