Startup Services

One year. One flat fee. All the time and peace of mind you need.

Goldberg Segalla began with seven attorneys, one vision, and enough spare wood and sawhorses to build the makeshift desks where the firm was born. Today, we’re the fastest-growing law firm headquartered in the U.S., with a team of nearly 400 accomplished attorneys practicing at the forefront of a wide range of fields, from sports and entertainment to toxic torts, retail, cybersecurity, employment law, and more. Most importantly, we’ve never wavered in our commitment to our founding principles of collaboration, professionalism, diversity, and creative client-driven service. These principles have fostered long, productive relationships with clients ranging from established multinational corporations to startups that have grown — like us — into game-changers.

That’s why Goldberg Segalla offers startups a flat fee for their first year in business.

From corporate formation and financing to leasing, transactions, and intellectual property, we’ll cover your legal needs while you get your fledgling business out of the nest and into the marketplace. And, as a firm that counts some of the world’s largest and most successful industry leaders among our clients, we’ll be ready to grow with you, every step of the way.

Our services — an investment in your success.

No matter the field, beginning a new business venture means going up against established competitors with deep pockets. Startups face financing challenges, risks associated with data breaches and new technologies, and even employment concerns. They struggle to protect their intellectual property as well as defend against predatory litigation that established brands use to bleed out new competitors.

As a startup that’s grown organically, we’re proud to offer a full range of business services that we can tailor to any client’s unique situation, accounting for short-term needs, long-term objectives, and the bottom line.

Business formation, financing, and general counsel

  • Review of business plan and assistance in determining capital requirements
  • Selection of business entity (LLC, S Corp, C Corp, or partnership)
  • Formation and organization of LLCs, corporations, and partnerships
  • Assistance with the search for investment capital, including seed and angel financing
  • Communications with investors and negotiations with potential private equity/venture capital partners or purchasers
  • Set up of capital structure
  • Introductions to experienced professionals who can assist or answer questions on accounting, insurance, and marketing
  • Advising on executive compensation issues (bonus programs, stock options, phantom stocks, etc.)
  • Strategy for eventual sale or initial public offering of securities
  • Mergers and acquisitions


  • Review and negotiation of leases for office, manufacturing, and warehouse space
  • Drafting an negotiation of contracts required for business operations
  • Drafting of standardized forms used for high-volume transactions (e.g., purchase orders, forms used for acknowledgement and processing of orders, warranties, and service agreements)
  • Private placements of securities
  • Borrowing transactions with banks and private lenders

Intellectual property

  • Filing and advising on patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights
  • Advising on cease and desist letters and other intellectual property-related communication from competitors
  • Licensing and portfolio management
  • Litigation of intellectual property disputes and representation of clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and International Trade Commission

Employment and labor

  • Drafting and negotiation of employment agreements and non-competition agreements
  • Drafting and negotiation of agreements regarding ownership of inventions, patents, or other types of intellectual property developed by an employee
  • Drafting compensation, paid time off, family leave, benefits, and other policies and documents
  • Human resources counseling and training
  • Ensuring compliance with the Age Discrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, and other laws and regulations
  • Representation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Occupation Safety and Health Administration, and the New York State Division of Human Rights, as well as in state and federal courts
  • Counsel on evolving issues including employee social media use and employment-related cyber risks such as data leaks and breaches

Risk and litigation avoidance

  • Identifying corporate and securities laws pertinent to your business
  • Development of policies and procedures to effect compliance in day-to-day business operations
  • Development of Product Safety Committees and Product Liability Prevention Programs
  • Counsel on international regulatory standards

Cyber risk

  • Data security counsel and training
  • Data privacy regulatory guidance
  • Policy and contract guidance
  • Technology use and social media counseling
  • Data breach coaching, response, and crisis management
  • Breach-related litigation and class action defense

Serving the next generation of startup success stories

We work for companies, industries, and people that matter to us. It takes more than knowledge, reach, and resources to provide the service a startup company needs to succeed — it also takes understanding. We work hard to earn that understanding. We’re interested in your business and invested in your success — and that approach makes us more effective advocates. In a long-term relationship with Goldberg Segalla, you can count on cost-efficiency, flexible fee structures, and creative solutions to help you in your earliest stages, as well as the deep and extensive experience to handle new needs as you grow.

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