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Starting a new business can be an exciting and daunting experience.  This beginning stage is a very important period in a business life cycle as the proper structure and policies to protect the future legal interests of the business must be implemented.  The Law Office of E.M. Cochran, LLC is here to guide clients through the many pitfalls of starting a new business.

In addition to representing a number of companies through the start up phase, as an entrepreneur, Marty Cochran has been actively involved as an investor and principal in a number of start-up companies across a variety of industries.  This background provides Mr. Cochran with a broad business perspective of the start up process to go with the necessary legal background to assist clients. 

Starting a new business does not just mean filing some papers with the Secretary of State.  While determining the appropriate choice of entity for a start up business is of the utmost importance, proper start up representation goes much farther.  The Law Office of E.M. Cochran, LLC helps clients with licensing requirements and insures that they file all of the appropriate documentation with any necessary governmental agencies.  The Law Office of E.M. Cochran, LLC also prepares and negotiates any contracts and documents necessary for the business such as:

--Contracts necessary for business operations

--Lease or purchase of business space

--Funding of operations

--Shareholders agreements

--Operating agreements

--Buy-sell agreements

--Voting trusts

--Confidentiality and non-compete agreements  

--Website content and disclaimers

--Joint venture and strategic alliance agreements

--Protecting trade secrets and other proprietary information*

--Negotiating and drafting contracts for international transactions


--Employment and management contracts

--Employee ownership plans

--Employee handbooks

*Intellectual Property is an important asset of any business, but especially a business in the start up phase.  It is very important for a client to assess and understand the intellectual property component of their business.  It is also just as important that the client engage competent and experienced legal representation to insure that trademark, copyright and patent applications are properly filed.  While The Law Office of E.M. Cochran, LLC can assist in identifying intellectual property and assist in protecting those assets, it utilizes The Reilly Intellectual Property Law Firm, P.C. for all intellectual property matters, such as filing of trademark, copyright and patent applications.  This is a very complex and specialized area of the law.  Do not attempt to file these applications by yourself or rely on legal counsel who insist that such applications are not complex.  Errors in these matters could not only cost you a large amount of money, but could limit the marketabilty of your product or require you to rebrand your product entirely.