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The Role of Lawyers in the Startup Ecosystem

Gordon Davidson, Fenwick & West, LLP

In addition to handling the legal work, lawyers help companies get off the ground by making introductions for founders of start-ups to potential investors, mentors, and accountants. They also help negotiate licenses, execute customer contracts, public offerings, and mergers, sit in on board meetings, and give advice.