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Miller Law represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including: design, fashion, furniture, technology, food and hospitality, entertainment, publishing, dentistry, medicine, law, engineering. But this list does not even begin to tell the story of Miller Law or its clients.  The single commonality across clients is that, through their work, they aim to inspire.  They have vision, passion and imagination.  The role of the law should be to foster those sparks of genius, advise on the non-creative aspects of the business and protect relationships, branding and other assets.

From freelancer to Fortune 500 and startup to established company, Miller Law has represented businesses of all sizes and in all stages of development.

For BUSINESSES: If you are a business looking to formalize, expand, hire, raise funds, or partner with others, Miller Law understands the needs of your business and is committed to your success. Miller Law is available to advise you in business formation, sale and dissolution, as well as other general matters, including employment law, financing, contract review and negotiation. For example, Meredith recently:

  • drafted an operating agreement for a web retailer organized as a limited liability company (“LLC”);
  • formed Thingtide LLC to own and operate a “Show and Tale” business and drafted its host license agreements;
  • drafted a profit-sharing contract for a network of physical fitness trainers;
  • reviewed, revised and negotiated a fee-sharing agreement and a non-compete agreement for a business coach;
  • reviewed and negotiated an employment agreement and transaction retention plan for a high-level employee of a bio-tech company;
  • represented a dentist who sold an interest in his practice to an associate, including entity formation and drafting and negotiating all sale documents;
  • drafted the standard form contracts and waivers used by a company hosting a cross-continent car rally;
  • reviewed a financing agreement with a company investing in structured settlements;
  • revised the employee handbook, employment agreements, non-competes and client contracts for an outsourcing company;
  • represented an individual purchasing an interest in a limousine company;
  • represented a florist in buying out his partner and reorganizing the business;
  • represented Trans Justice Funding Project in dissolving an LLC;
  • in collaboration with “of counsel” attorneys, represents an established fashion brand in various intellectual property matters;
  • formed an LLC for a company leveraging statistics in predicting sports outcomes; and
  • represented an established fashion brand in general business matters, including store openings, negotiating and drafting licensing agreements and corporate reorganization.

For FREELANCERS: Most freelancers are so focused and engaged in their work that they do not take the time to seek out legal advice, even when that advice could serve to assist or protect them.  All too often, freelancers contact Meredith when a problem has arisen but it is too late because they did not put the legal structures in place that could help them in the future.  For this reason, Miller Law works with freelancers to draft form contracts that they will use every day with clients.  For example, Meredith recently:

  • drafted a standard engagement agreement for a freelance copy writer and editor and filed the organizing paperwork to form an LLC;
  • drafted a standard client contract for a web designer;
  • reviewed an independent contractor agreement for a freelance software engineer;
  • reviewed an independent contractor agreement for a freelance media consultant; and
  • reviewed, revised and negotiated an independent contractor agreement for a video director and producer.

For STARTUPS AND INVESTORS: Miller Law understands the startup space from both the founder and the investor perspective.  Meredith has worked with startup founders to ensure that their interests are protected.  In forming the business and in early investment rounds, the attorney advising the startup is representing the business, not any of the founders’ individual interests.  For this reason, Meredith has worked with individual founders to give a “second look” to documents, with a particular eye to the individual’s interest.  This review has been described as a “gut check” and it provides an opportunity to have the documents carefully examined and explained.  On the flip side, Meredith has also represented angel investors and is familiar with the contracts used in early round financing.  Meredith reviews and advises in the investment process, including reviewing the legal paperwork, combing through capitalization tables and conducting due diligence.

Miller Law Principles

Insightfully, Abraham Lincoln wrote:

“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day [sic]. Never let your correspondence fall behind. Whatever piece of business you have in hand, before stopping, do all the labor pertaining to it which can then be done.”

(The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume II, “Notes for a Law Lecture” (July 1, 1850), p. 81).

While Meredith adheres to Abraham Lincoln’s guidance as a formula, Miller Law is far from a staid law firm.  It does not follow a traditional model that unnecessarily drives up cost, allowing Meredith to flexibly and fairly price her services to meet your needs.  Meredith’s billing practices are straightforward and she always clearly discusses pricing with clients before beginning any work.

Please contact Miller Law for a free consultation.