We are a husband-wife team providing cost-effective legal services to start-up and growth-stage enterprises. Since 2010 we have been helping early stage companies with appropriate entity formation, founder shareholder agreements and equity compensation, raising capital, protection of intellectual property, stock option plans, strategic relationships, and exit transactions.

Before teaming up with Jennifer, Carter practiced corporate law with top national law firms for thirteen years and was a prosecuting attorney for eight years. Jennifer has represented start-up businesses, litigated, investigated fraud cases, and helped individuals with their estate planning needs.

Our complementary skill sets, personalities and billing rates make for an efficient and effective team. Our low overhead ensures that you receive the most value at the lowest cost. We also offer flexible billing arrangements. Read more about the services we offer here. Please contact us by telephone or email to discuss your legal needs.


We have helped scores of founders take their business from an idea to a valuable asset. Get to know a few of the founders we work closely with and their exciting companies.

Startup Packages

A well-managed startup needs a small stack of legal documents in place to limit your financial liability, allocate ownership among founders, set management protocols, protect intellectual property, raise capital, compensate employees, and provide for the smooth transition of departing team members. The good news is that this documentation has become fairly standardized and does not need to be expensive to get started right. For more on the recommended startup legal documents see What Legal Documents are necessary to start a Company

Founder Learning

If this is your first startup, you will have lots of questions about how to set up your company. Our job is to guide you through the many legal issues you will face as you develop your unique product or service. If you are a serial entrepreneur, we can assist you in your new venture ensuring your relationships with investors, partners, and customers are seamless. We have an extensive library of articles on the legal topics most important to start-ups available at no cost and we are ready to answer any questions you may have as you navigate the process from formation to financing. We also give regular seminars on startup legal topics and have an archive of past seminars as well as a calendar of future events. Visit our educational library.  StartupLawTalk.com



While we’re selective in the companies we work with, we’re always interested in hearing about your business to see if there’s a good mutual fit. Please give us a call or complete the form below to set up your initial consultation.

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