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Recommendations for a law firm that understands lean?

First experience: all templates, junior associate. Second experience: all custom, too expensive. We need a firm that is comfortable using templates for basic things like employment contracts but able to review and provide feedback for HIPAA BAAs and advise on product risk for healthcare. And a firm that understands that startups can't spend all their revenue on legal and understands that a startup needs quick turnaround. We're in Seattle.

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John Adolph
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♫ "Some people call me the firm lawyer / Some call me the startup CEO / No people call me Maurice"
Anne,

My name is John Adolph and I am a finance and corporate attorney in Dallas (in addition to startup founder). I work at Bracewell & Giuliani. While most of our emerging company representation is done in Texas (especially Austin) we do handle some of this out of our Seattle office. I'm not sure what type of work you're looking to have done, but if you want to discuss further and see if we might be a good fit, please contact me at [removed to protect privacy].

John
Ben Sweat
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Director, Product at Idealab
Hi Anne, I've been very pleased with my lawyer. http://kunzlerlaw.com/contact-us/curtis-oscarson/ I'm in Los Angeles; he's in Salt Lake City. Distance has not been a problem. He was very conscious of my budget and did a few templates for me. He's a partner at his firm, but because he's in Utah, he was more affordable than an associate here in L.A. He used to be at Wilson Sonsini in the bay area. He's worked on several large venture deals. His contact info is on the url that I included. Ben
David Ezrailson
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David Ezrailson Entrepreneur
Cofounder at Sociometri Inc.
Jose Ancer at Miller Eagan.. I highly recommend him. Dave ?
David Ezrailson
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David Ezrailson Entrepreneur
Cofounder at Sociometri Inc.
Sorry. In Austin TX ?
Will Glasson
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Will Glasson Entrepreneur
Assistant County Attorney, Multnomah County
Anne -- I'm in Portland and Seattle (and a lawyer by training). You should contact Jerry Carlton at Immix Law Group (http://immixlaw.com/). Happy to recommend more, too.
ROBERT H LEE
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ROBERT H LEE Entrepreneur
Research Fellow in Law, Science & Technology @Stanford University
I think this is your guy:
http://www.ballounlaw.com
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Early Googler. A lawyer who understands a startups needs, in Seattle.


Regards,
Robert Lee
Startup Consultant & Investor atSV Accelerator
Entrepreneur-in-Residence atStanford
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Scott Milburn
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Hi Anne, how about a full-service virtual law firm in Seattle with 15 very senior, experienced lawyers, including one who represents health care providers and knows all about HIPAA, but a firm that has no actual office, and as a result has billing rates that are half of what the same lawyers would charge in you second experience? Let me know if you would like to chat.
Rob Gropper
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Anne;

your experience is not unique. at the risk of pissing off the lawyers on this thread, what you have experienced us unfortunately the norm - i won't get into it here, but it seems to me that the long-standing model of providing legal services is broken and ripe for disruption. Lots of lawyers out of work or under employed yet all want to start billing at $250/hr+ with 3-4 years or less experience and with little accountability for performance. Billing $150/hr. for a assistant who gets paid $25/hr is simply wrong. Managing attorneys is crucial. set clear expectations about what you want and don't want in writing. For every request get an estimate (not to exceed) in writing (email) as to cost and deliverables. If you can't get a not to exceed commitment (this is for typical business law stuff, not litigation) then find another attorney/firm. Apex Law Group in Seattle is a small firm that has supported us well and been reasonable about managing costs. Peter Smith or Michelle Rassmusen. Summit Law Group is mid-sized firm in Seattle that understands startups, but can be expensive - applicable for securities offerings and/or important transactions. Mike Erricson or Mark Worthington. Joe Wallin is with Davis Wright Tremaine - big firm rates, but he understands startups and is connected in the VC and transactions community in NW and sand hill road (startuplawblog.com). I would start with Peter at Apex - Peter@apexlg.com
Anne Weiler
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Anne Weiler Entrepreneur
Co-founder and CEO at Wellpepper
Thanks everyone. I was talking to someone yesterday who said that legal needs to be disrupted. It's kind of ridiculous the amount of our total budget that legal was in our first year of operation.
Anne Weiler
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Anne Weiler Entrepreneur
Co-founder and CEO at Wellpepper
Any tips on how I should interview the firms? I obviously haven't done a great job so far.
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