Formation to exit.

Startup.law provides responsive legal services to startups and investors across all phases of maturity – from formation to exit – and focuses on building the foundations and structures needed to launch profitable ventures and accelerate enterprise growth. As entrepreneurs and investors ourselves, we are uniquely positioned to help navigate the confluence of technology and opportunity in today’s innovation ecosystem.

Repertoire.

Our repertoire contains a full range of legal services for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investment funds, including:

  • corporate formation & governance

  • partnership & LLC agreements

  • SAFE notes and convertible notes

  • priced equity financings

  • mergers & acquisitions

  • employment & separation agreements

  • fund formation

  • capitalization strategy & management

  • commercial contracts and joint ventures

  • license agreements

  • real estate private equity

  • executive compensation and option plans

Team.

Jon Avidor, Founder.

Jon has worked with innovators and investors from Silicon Valley to New York and Tel Aviv since 2005. Prior to founding Startup.law, Jon practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell (NYC) and Goodwin Procter (Silicon Valley), focusing on venture capital, private equity, real estate and M&A for a wide variety of clients ranging from banks such as Goldman Sachs and Barclays to venture capital leaders such as Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Jon also notably represented Lynda.com in its sale to LinkedIn for $1.5BN in 2015, Modest.com in its sale to PayPal in 2015 and Replay Technologies in its sale to Intel for $150M in 2016.

Jon holds a JD-MBA from Northwestern, where he graduated cum laude and was a merit scholar. He is a published author and is regularly invited to present at the Forum for Economists International on the topic of innovation. Prior to his career in law, Jon consulted companies such as Google and Jamba as an associate of Market Street Partners and advised high net worth clients as an associate of Fisher Investments. Jon is licensed to practice law in New York and California and a member of the American Bar Association. He is Co-Founder of The Urban Resource Project, a non-profit organization alleviating poverty through technology, and a Manhattan restaurateur. Jon has been a licensed pilot since 2007 and once completed an emergency landing at JFK airport in New York.

Sebastian Miller, Employment.

Sebastian represents startups, venture capital funds, and corporate clients on labor and employment issues and has deep knowledge regarding equity and bonus compensation as well as severance arrangements. He has worked at three different “big law” firms in New York and California representing employees in lawsuits and arbitrations and advising executives on employment and separation agreements. Since 2015, he has recovered over $6,000,000 for his plaintiff-side clients and negotiated employment agreements for scores of executives in Silicon Valley and beyond. Sebastian graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 2008 and received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2005.

Sarah Starcevich Miller, Employment.

Sarah represents employees in lawsuits against employers and advises executives on employment and separation agreements. Sarah has particular expertise handling claims for sexual harassment, retaliation, pregnancy and gender discrimination, and unpaid overtime. Sarah graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 2009 and from UC San Diego in 2005.

After law school, she worked at O’Melveny & Myers for seven years where she focused on employment law counseling and litigation. She also served corporate clients during two different secondments, one where she acted as interim general counsel for semiconductor company SK hynix America, Inc. and another where she was a member of Facebook’s in-house employment law team in Menlo Park.

Eric Lightman, Associate.​

Eric represents high-growth startups and venture capital firms and acts as general counsel on legal matters ranging from corporate formations, onboarding and employment agreements, equity and debt issuance, internal policies and best practices, and dispute resolution. Eric graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and previously worked for the Law Offices of Svetlana Shirinova in San Francisco and then CJH & Associates, P.C. in Oakland, practicing general commercial litigation and employment litigation. Eric also participates in the S.F. Bar sponsored Justice & Diversity Center doing pro bono work on behalf of Bay Area residents. Originally from Philadelphia, Eric now resides in San Francisco. He is licensed to practice law in California and expects to be licensed in New York shortly.

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Blake Halperin, Associate.

Blake is an attorney, entrepreneur, and investor with a decade of experience.  Prior to joining Startup.law, Blake served as the VP of Business Development for MK Group, a Washington, D.C. based startup incubator that focused on energy, real estate, and healthcare.  Blake is also the founder of the events platform, RedCarpetEvents, which sold in an M&A transaction to a private company for an undisclosed amount in 2013.

Blake holds a JD-MBA from Northwestern, where he focused on Entrepreneurial Law and Venture Capital. Blake also holds a B.S.F.S from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service where he focused on Economic Growth and Development.  He is a member of the New York Bar Association. Blake has a passion for travel, he has lived abroad in both Sydney and London, and has visited over 50 countries.

Flexibility.

Startup.law uses a flexible pricing structure that is better suited to startups and VC legal work. As an alternative to traditional hourly billing, we offer flat fees, monthly subscriptions, fee deferrals and equity compensation. Whatever the format, our top priority is to provide an honest exchange of value for clients.

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