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Emerging Companies


Start-ups and emerging companies require a special skill set that traditional law firms rarely have the expertise to provide. Paul Ellis Law Group began as a tech-friendly law firm, so we have a laser focus on exactly the kind of legal matters with which you’ll need help. We handle everything from structuring and formation to financing and intellectual property protection. And we’ll help prioritize the issues you’ll need to deal with in the order in which you’ll face them.

The Firm’s corporate and securities practices offer essential support to our clients that are growing and emerging companies. Our Firm’s size and style are uniquely suited to assisting young companies as they expand and require more sophisticated representation. In any number of areas, including employment, equity incentive arrangements, real estate, intellectual property, financing arrangements and dispute resolution, our lawyers assist clients in implementing scalable solutions that support and facilitate their profitable growth.

We act as both general business counsel and securities counsel to advise emerging companies from initial start-up through the various tiers of venture capital and public financing, all the while providing practical guidance in operational matters. Some of our startup clients have limited experience in the fundamentals of starting and building a company. We can assist these clients in identifying and understanding the fundamental issues they need to be aware of, making intelligent choices as to the issues to be addressed at the outset and those that can be postponed, and generally establishing strong legal foundations for their companies.

Many of our clients expect to raise funds through angel and venture finance and/or are expecting an accelerated growth curve which will result in an acquisition. For these clients, some of the greatest value that we provide occurs before the first term sheet is drafted. Our clear understanding of what makes a company attractive to the investment community or as an acquisition target enables us to offer invaluable guidance early in the process. We advise on critical threshold issues such as corporate structure, employment relationships and intellectual property protection, and can offer guidance on content and format of business plans.

Emerging companies, dependent as they often are on alternative sources of funding and angel and VC financing, are understandably focused on the need to contain legal costs. So are we. Through strategies such as spreading out various projects over time and identifying activities that can be performed in-house, we work closely with our clients to manage and control their legal budgets. An initial conference with our corporate lawyers is always free of charge.

Beyond our legal services, we are very active in the New York technology startup community. In 2009, Paul Ellis co-founded the New York Technology Council, which merged with NY Tech Meetup to become the 60,000 member New York Tech Alliance, where he is a board member and organizer of NYTA’s “Legal Track” of events to educate founders, principals, executives and in-house counsel of technology companies regarding the critical legal issues they face. Paul frequently speaks on and moderates panels on legal topics of interest to technology companies. Paul Ellis Law Group has a significant network of investors and accountants, bankers, consultants and other service providers who have expertise in working with emerging companies. Consquently, we are often able to refer our clients to specialists who have a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by emerging companies, and who can offer direct and immediate assistance in achieving their business objectives.

In The Words Of Our Clients

Paul and the team of attorneys he works with are quite simply the best. Every person we have worked with at the Paul Ellis Law Group has been bright, creative, and experienced. They are chess players – they are able to look at the entire board and foresee potential issues and recommend actions to guard against them. They are careful, they think through each move and see how it might affect future moves.

Paul and his team have created tremendous value for our company by making sure we protected our IP at a crucial time and making sure that our formation documents protected the integrity and continued viability of the Company in the event of co-founder turmoil (which came to pass). At the time, these measures seemed like overkill. Now we know better. My partner and I have sheepishly admitted to others that we love our lawyers – we do.

Jennifer SclarCEO, Clear Health Analytics

Paul Ellis and his team have been great to work with. Regardless of the complexity of matters, they have provided prompt, insightful and actionable guidance towards helping achieve business goals both with contracts and strategic decisions. Unlike other law firms working with early stage companies, personal attention was always provided by senior lawyers when it mattered while cost-effectively using attorneys with lower hourly rates whenever appropriate.

Gerry Seidmanserial entrepreneur

We have worked with Paul Ellis for more than 15 years. As a small Cosmetics company, we have had the privilege of working directly with Paul. His tremendous senior-level legal expertise has helped steer the company to greater success. The cost structure has been very reasonable which is crucial to a young company.

Paul feels like a true member of our Real Cosmetics team. He is genuine in his concern for the best interests of the company. Always kind, honest and efficient Paul and his team offer not only legal expertise but have offered important referrals and connections to potential partners and investors.

Lubna KhalidCEO, Real Cosmetics, Inc.

We've worked with Paul and his team ever since our startup first incorporated, and his services were invaluable in every stage of our company -- from the initial organization through to fundraising, stock issuance and everything else. He understands the challenges facing young companies and brings the knowledge, the experience and, above all, the personal involvement that makes such a difference. You get the sense that he really cares about your success.

Daniel GelenterCEO, Dittach LLC

Conferences and Panels Featuring Our Attorneys

Organizing the Entity – A Session in the Foundations of Entrepreneurship Series

Wednesday May 17, 2019
Paul Ellis, Moderator

Financing Strategies for Early-Stage Companies – A Session in the Foundations of Entrepreneurship Series

Wednesday May 17, 2019
Paul Ellis, Moderator

Venture Capital Update 2017: Market Outlook and Strategies for Getting to a Term Sheet

Thursday February 16, 2017
Paul Ellis, Moderator

Venture Capital Update 2016: Market Outlook and Series A Terms

Tuesday March 29, 2016
Paul Ellis, Moderator

Legal Essentials for Startups 2015 – Part 1: Organizing and structuring the startup entity

Tuesday March 24, 2015
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Panelist

Legal Essentials for Startups 2015 – Part 2: Staffing Smart

Tuesday April 28, 2015
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Panelist

Legal Essentials for Startups 2015 – Part 3: Financing Strategies

Thursday May 28, 2015
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Moderator

Legal Essentials for Startups 2015 – Part 4: Intellectual Property Protection

Thursday June 25, 2015
Paul Ellis, Organizer
Jessica Friedman, Panelist

Legal Essentials for Startups 2012 – Part 1: Organizing the Entity

Thursday October 25, 2012
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Panelist

Legal Essentials for Startups 2012 – Part 2: Financing the Entity

Tuesday November 27, 2012 – 8:00 PM
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Moderator