Legal Ally • Your Chicago Business Attorney
Small Business Legal Services Designed to Build, Support, and Protect You and Your Business
Your Dream. Your Business. Your Ally.
At Legal Ally we work exclusively with small businesses and entrepreneurs. Whether you are just starting or growing, thinking about adding partners, or planning your exit strategy, we can help you put the right legal structures in place to increase the value of your business and its intellectual property.
Experienced Startup, Entrepreneur, and LGBT Lawyers in Chicago
Because we offer more than just legal advice. We help you build a solid foundation by putting in place the legal structures to help you keep growing. We are a strategic partner who is committed to the success of your business while protecting that which makes it unique. With over 36 years of experience as a Chicago legal attorney in leading, global law firms, we bring a powerful combination of business and litigation experience to efficiently and effectively solve your legal problems. We are adept at negotiating contracts and settlements, protecting intellectual property, and finding ways to raise capital. Make your business strong. Don’t wait until you get sued to protect it.
Who We Serve
We believe in opportunity for all and in making the business world more equitable and representative. We are especially passionate about working with the LGBTQ community and supporting women business owners and entrepreneurs.
If you are thinking about starting a business in or around Chicago, contact us. We can help take the fear and uncertainty out of the process so that you can focus on building a stable, successful business. You don’t have to do it alone. We’re in your corner. We are your Legal Ally.
Small business doesn’t mean small problems. Starting or growing a business often means navigating complex legal and regulatory challenges that can come back to haunt you and your company if not handled correctly. For new entrepreneurs and startups, the challenges of running and growing a company can seem especially daunting: raising capital, choosing the right legal entity, securing trademarks, hiring contractors and employees, negotiating contracts—any of these can turn into costly problems.
The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. We take the time to learn about your business and your goals so that we can advise you in a way that helps you scale and build value while protecting what matters most. We’re in your corner so that you can focus on what you do best and let go of worrying about whether your business and your dreams are protected. We are your Legal Ally.
We can help you and your business:
- Analyze the best structure for your company so that you are protected from risks, such as unexpected tax burdens.
- Create ownership agreements when there is more than one partner and document founder’s rights.
- Advise on necessary city and state filings.
- Draft Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies for your website.
- Protect your intellectual property so that no one can steal your great idea.
- Draft and negotiate enforceable contracts.
- Ensure you are complying with the law when it comes to hiring employees and independent contractors.
- Advise on necessary insurance coverages, such as general liability (GL), errors & omissions (E&O), directors and officers (D&O), among others.
- Plan your exit strategy.
Great lawyers don’t become great by chance. They all have two things in common: They took control of their careers and they had someone to mentor them and aid them in accomplishing their goals. Unfortunately, opportunities for mentorship are becoming fewer and farther between as firms focus increasingly on cost cutting and efficiency. This puts new lawyers at a particular disadvantage as they try to master the law and the business of being a lawyer with little training or support but with high expectations.
Don’t wait until you feel burned out. At Legal Ally, we understand the pressures new Illinois lawyers face. It takes years—and sometimes embarrassing mistakes—to mature professionally into a seasoned practitioner. That’s why we specialize in guiding lawyers through their first ten years of practice, laying a foundation with them for a long and successful career.
We have successfully coached hundreds of lawyers in:
- Defining their personal brand and building their career plan.
- Designing their practice and defining their vision of success.
- Developing a business plan and holding themselves accountable for meeting their own goals.
- Finding the best fit in their firm—large or small.
- Improving their writing and the quality of their written arguments.
- Mastering how to communicate with clients, peers, and in court.
- Rainmaking and building their book of business.
- Balancing their work and personal lives.
Whether you are a solo practitioner or part of a larger firm, we offer perspective gained from decades of experience without risk or judgment. And we know what works.
Legal Ally • Lawyers for your Small Business or Startup
Have you always wanted to be your own boss and start your own company, but you don’t know where to begin? Do you have a great idea or completely unique revolutionary product, but don’t know how to get it manufactured, patented or marketed? Do you have a business but need help forecasting your sales over the next twelve months, so you can make sure you are purchasing adequate inventory to meet customer demands? Looking for a place for legal advice because you and your partner have decided you might want to restructure to become a Limited Liability Corporation? Ever wish you had someone to consult if you have a difficult tax question? If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner in or around Chicago, look no further. Legal Ally has you covered. Small businesses can expect to be treated as important, first priority, clients from our attorneys; because our firm specializes in working with small businesses and individual business owners.
Experienced Women's and LGBT Business Attorneys
Women business owners and those from the LGBTQ community are more than welcome at our firm. We will do all we can to support workforce equality and equal rights in the business world. We will help you before you even start your company so you have someone you can consult with to advise you and protect you every step of the way. Our founding partner, Steve Smith, supports the causes he cares about in his private life as well. He is politically active and sits on the executive committee of a pro-choice political action organization. He is the board member of a women’s theatre and he maintains membership in the LGBT Chamber of Commerce. It might be an understatement to say he is passionate about working with women business owners and those from the LGBTQ community. Even though he supports these groups, he is just as passionate about working for new entrepreneurs and all other small business owners as well.
Trademark Lawyers Protect Your Business
We work with you to increase your business value and help you protect your intellectual property rights. We help give you solid advice to use to make sound investment decisions. If you have a unique product we can help you get it patented and help you locate manufacturing options. If you have an item that needs to be copyrighted or trademarked, we can walk you through that process and assist you with it as well. We believe strongly in protecting your intellectual property rights. We will also help you develop a way to secure your company's Trade Secrets. If anybody infringes upon any of your intellectual property rights, we will help you go to court and fight fiercely to protect those rights.
Get Help Raising Capital for Your Business
There are many types of business loans and sources of business capital. We work with you, by your side, to obtain business funding. We will sit down with you and discuss various funding options and explain how different sources of capital would affect your company. We can help you prepare your applications to submit and try to obtain the business capital funding options you have selected. Our attorneys will then help you set up your incorporation documents if you are forming a new partnership or starting a new corporation. We work with you to provide the legal documents or contracts your company needs to succeed and stay in compliance with the law.