The Law Office of Leland J. Unruh III

Legal services for startups and small-to-medium companies, focusing on business formation, contracts, labor & employment, and associated needs.

New H-1B visa guidance may disrupt startups

A good reminder of why businesses--new and/or small ones in particular--ought to pay attention to both political and legal developments (and have a corporate lawyer and immigration attorney in your Rolodex!). This April could be the last true harvest season for tech companies that pour resources into H-1B visas, hoping to reap new employees. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed a “Buy American and Hire American” executive order at the headquarters of Snap-On, a manufacturer of high-end tools in Keno...

Umami Burger CEO: Why You Never Want a Co-Founder

Maybe not "never", but my experience representing partnerships leads me to agree. Also, having rented a space and found those first employees on Craigslist, get some good legal advice! Adam Fleischman describes to Inc. senior writer Burt Helm how he started his business by hiring cooks off Craigslist for $10 an hour and did the rest himself.

The top start-up mecca in the US is far from Silicon Valley

This will be utterly unsurprising to anyone paying attention. Still, it is great to see our local entrepreneurs getting some much-deserved recognition. Low taxes and a strong talent base lofted this city to the top spot in the CNBC Metro 20: America's Best Places to Start a Business ranking.

Leaving Corporate America For a Startup Changed My Life

A fine illustration of what led many of my clients to their current vocations. I always thought the safest way to keep companies moving forward was to climb the tallest corporate ladder I could find. Here’s what inspired me to change course.

[03/02/16]   “The fundamental compact having been dissolved, and all the guarantees of the civil and political rights of citizens having been destroyed, it is inevitable that all the states of the confederation are left at liberty to act for themselves, and require Coahuila and Texas to provide for their security and preservation as circumstances may require. Coahuila and Texas formed a state of the republic, and as one part of this is occupied by an invading
force, the free part of it should proceed to organize a power which would restore harmony, and establish order and uniformity in all branches of the public administration, which would be a rallying point for the citizens, whose hearts now tremble for liberty!"
- Lorenzo de Zavala, in 1835, calling for the convention which would come to be known as the Consultation, the first government of the Texas Revolution.

[01/28/16]   This statement is a splendid illustration of the attitudes of the men and women I represent:

I do not choose to be a common man
It is my right to be uncommon--
If I can. I seek opportunity--not security.

I do not wish to be a kept citizen,
Humbled and dulled by having the
State look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk;
To dream and to build;
to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to the
Guaranteed existence; the thrill of
Fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence
Nor my dignity for a hand out. I will
Never cower before any master nor bend
to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect,
proud, and unafraid; to think and act for
myself, enjoy the benefits of my
creations; and to face the world boldly
and say, this I have done.

All this is what it means
to be an American.

- Dean Alfange

The party's over in startup land

Perhaps an overstated headline, but "The Party's Over for Over-hyped Startups with No Long-Term Business Plan or Revenue" may have been a tad too long. Those of us old enough to remember 1999-2001 should be utterly unsurprised. Foursquare's valuation is down 67% from its peak.

10 Big Legal Mistakes Made By Startups

I have personally dealt with half of these issues and heard many stories about the other half. Whether handled in-house or by your attorney, be sure to address them from the outset. As lawyers and venture capitalists involved with startups, we have seen plenty of legal mistakes made by entrepreneurs and startup companies. The following are some of the more common and problematic legal mistakes we have seen.

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