About the Firm

 

The attorneys of the Paul Ellis Law Group are committed to achieving three important objectives for our clients: providing the highest quality legal advice, aggressively representing their interests, and assisting them in fulfilling their goals as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Educated in the nation’s finest universities and law schools and trained in major law firms, we are well-versed in the intricacies of sophisticated business law practice. We combine large-firm expertise with the personal attention and efficiencies that come with small-firm practice.

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We are experienced in representing a full range of companies, from startups to large public corporations. Many of our clients are providers of debt and equity capital, including venture capitalists, private equity and hedge funds and angel investors. We also represent individuals in areas including company formation, investments and other transactional matters, employment matters and general dispute resolution.

Our client base and experience spans many industries, including information technology, new media, mobile, telecommunications, health care and life sciences, biotech, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, banking and financial services, money transmission, real estate finance, consumer products and entertainment. We have significant cross-border experience, representing U.S.-based business in the international arena, as well as foreign businesses and individuals with their U.S. legal affairs.

 

Our clients benefit from having access to a full range of fundamental legal disciplines within one firm. We have extensive expertise at all levels of business structuring and formation, debt and equity offerings, securities laws compliance, equity incentive plans, mergers and acquisitions and joint venture arrangements. In the area of intellectual property protection and commercialization, our attorneys handle sophisticated licensing and strategic partnering arrangements and general advising on best practices in IP protection contracting and procedures. In the dispute resolution arena, we regularly appear in state and federal court and arbitration forums on complex commercial matters and other types of disputes. We also have expertise in commercial real estate finance, bankruptcy and the development of drugs and regulated medical devices.

Our extensive network in the legal community enables us to access top specialists in niche disciplines and in other states and countries as required, affording our clients with access to necessary expertise and jurisdictional coverage without requiring them to pay for the overhead of a large firm.

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Our business clients are looking to us to find the most efficient means of satisfying their critical business objectives. Accordingly, once the underlying goal of a project or an engagement has been established, we work with the client to craft a strategy calculated to achieve the desired result as expeditiously and cost-effectively as possible. As part of this process, before our clients commit the time and expense to a transaction or matter, we will work with them in clarifying their objectives and testing their assumptions, thus doing our best to ensure that the potential benefits justify the costs and any potential risks.

The key to such a strategy lies in establishing and maintaining strong relationships with our clients, affording us historical context for their business and legal affairs and a long view of their objectives. All of this enables us to provide targeted advice that gives proper attention to the transaction or issue of the day, but always within the context of their ultimate goals. In this way, we seek to become trusted advisers, fully-focused on our clients’ success over the long term.

Our clients have found that we are a very attractive alternative to large-firm representation. They receive the personal attention of senior attorneys with a wealth of experience, rather than expensive and inexperienced large firm associates. They benefit from a billing structure that gives them access to large-firm expertise (and, therefore, attorneys who are at ease negotiating against large firms) at a meaningful discount to large-firm rates. And they enjoy the benefits that come from forging a strong relationship with their lawyers.

Once the underlying goal of a project or an engagement has been established, we work with the client to craft a strategy calculated to achieve the desired result as expeditiously and cost-effectively as possible.

Before our clients commit the time and expense to a transaction or matter, we will work with them in clarifying their objectives and testing their assumptions, thus doing our best to ensure that the potential benefits justify the costs and any potential risks.

We understand that our clients are focused on achieving specific business objectives, and are looking for us to present them with legal strategies that support those goals. At the same time, they are counting on us to identify potential pitfalls and to assist them in identifying and assessing their risks, a responsibility that we take very seriously.

Providing our clients with appropriate protection while facilitating their operations, balancing 'get it done' with 'get it done right,' and doing it all with an eye to our clients’ legal budgets and cost constraints can be a challenging task, but it is one that we strive to achieve and is a skill at which we have become adept.

Our depth of practice in VC and angel financing has given us a sophisticated understanding of the issues driving the negotiations on both sides of the table, enabling us to provide our clients with practical advice on strategy and market terms. In a field where efficiency and cost control are essential, we offer our clients extensive experience and practical judgment in assessing the benefits and costs inherent in their negotiating positions.

We frequently receive referrals from some of New York’s largest law firms in situations where they have an internal conflict, are unable to handle a matter efficiently or for some other reason. They trust us to assist their clients and contacts when they are unable to do so.