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What to Ask a Lawyer When Starting a Business

(Note: to navigate through the video, click on the YouTube button on the bottom right of the video to open the full version with time controls.)


I sat down with Dave Lorenzo on the Inside BS Show to discuss what business owners should consider when hiring an attorney and the importance of having a team of subject matter experts available to help when needs arise. During my conversation with Dave, I answer several questions regarding how I engage with clients and what business owners need to know when dealing with legal issues impacting their business, including:

  • Do I need a lawyer to start a business?
  • Should I work with a litigator of a transactional attorney?
  • What questions should I ask a lawyer before I hire her?

Check out the interview for the answers to these questions and more. You can use the timestamps below to navigate through the interview:

00:00 – What to Ask a Lawyer When Starting a Business

01:47 – Business Lawyer Profile: How do you become a business lawyer?

02:22 – What is the biggest challenge you face as a business lawyer?

03:40 – What challenges do you face related to the law and COVID?

05:24 Why is it important to work with a lawyer who knows litigation as well as transactional work?

06:47 What is the definition of Complex Commercial Litigation?

08:00 Why your attorney must ask the right questions when you are a business start-up.

09:53 Do I need a lawyer to start a business?

11:48 How do you protect trade secrets when you hire employees?

14:53 How to get business clients as a lawyer

16:16 How to use LinkedIn and Blogs for law firm marketing.

18:00 Examples of strategic alliance marketing for law firm business development

19:40 How do I find the right lawyer for my small business?

21:18 What unique insight has being a general counsel given you as a business lawyer?

24:36 What is the biggest challenge for a small business owner in working with a lawyer?

26:33 How to get in touch with a business lawyer




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ABOUT SARAH SAWYER| 410.209.6413

As an experienced business advisor and litigator, Sarah works with business owners to implement policies and practices that keep their businesses running smoothly, helps them avoid expensive legal battles, and fights for them when litigation arises. Sarah focuses her practice on providing her clients with general business advice, drafting and analyzing employment documents ranging from employment agreements and severance agreements to employee handbooks, and litigating all aspects of general civil and commercial disputes.








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