General Counsel

When you receive a 15-page contract from a prospective client or they turn your standard form into an indecipherable “redlined” beast of a document, we’re there to help you understand what the document or changes mean, and devise a plan to get the best possible contract without losing the work.

We can also help with employee and consultant agreements, online terms and privacy policies, and a myriad of other tasks that arise in your day-to-day operations.

Navigating Difficulty

From time to time, you may encounter a client that refuses to pay, a difficult employee, or a tricky situation involving competitive restrictions your company may be under. We’re here to help you navigate those tough situations, and implement a strategy to keep your focus where it should be – on your business.


We take our role as an educator seriously. We want our clients to understand the decisions and documents they are being presented. In the beginning, particularly for clients who haven’t worked with lawyers previously (or who have worked with lawyers that do not value client education), this can be tough. Like anything else, there’s a learning curve. Over time, however, clients become confident and we learn what is important to each particular client from a risk-reward perspective, enabling smoother document preparation and negotiation.

Whether you’ve previously worked with an attorney or not, you probably have some questions. We decided to answer a few of those questions right here.

What are your fees?

Groundwork attorneys generally bill by the hour (ranging from $335-$400 for 2018). New clients are generally required to provide a deposit (to be applied to fees), the amount of which varies depending on the scope of the initial engagement. Retainer options are also available, as are flat fees for certain types of work.

Does working with a lawyer slow down the onboarding process with our new clients?

Honestly, yes. There’s just no way around it with more people and process involved. If something is truly a rush, we work hard to get it done in your time frame, though sometimes that’s just not possible. Learning when something is and is not a rush and how you can deal with prospective clients that insist upon artificial deadlines is part of our education process.

Do lawyers always tell you that you can’t do something you want to do?

Not good lawyers. Good lawyers explain, and make sure you understand, the risks associated with doing what you want to do, and let you make the decision.

My company does [something other than web/software design/dev]. Will you work with us?

Generally speaking, yes; we choose our clients based on whether we like them (after initial discussions) and think we can help. If we don’t think we can help, we’ll be honest with you about that.


Interested in learning more? We’d love to chat, and we don’t charge for an initial discussion to make sure we are the right fit.