Larry Donahue is a seasoned high-tech business executive and
attorney, with a focus in contracts, negotiations, business
transactions, intellectual property and Internet law. He boasts over 20
years of business development and IT consulting experience. His former
clients (as a consultant) ranged from small startups to the Fortune 50,
including GE Capital, Bank One, IBM and Amadeus.
He held leadership positions in numerous successful enterprises,
including SpaBoom, FatCow Web Hosting, Baker Robbins & Company, and
Leapnet. At SpaBoom, Larry helped
found this SaaS-based business from scratch, and subsequently captured
12% of the spa/salon market within 3 years. At FatCow,
Larry helped turn around this web hosting company, growing its accounts
from 3,000 to 30,000 within 3 years, and overseeing the acquisition of
the business with a surprisingly successful valuation.
Larry holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, is
licensed to practice law in the States of New Mexico and Illinois, and
is a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Larry appeared on the New Mexico Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in
2003 and 2004.
In 2011, Larry founded Law 4 Small Business (L4SB), after almost 15 years as a Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Counsel for a number of high-tech companies and startups.
As a corporate counsel, Larry dealt with three certainties in his career.
First, your typical small business owner or executive doesn’t have
the time, training or patience to consider the legal impacts of his or
her daily decisions, and how they could transform into costly mistakes
for the future. Or, how the right decisions around legal issues could
create wonderful returns, profits and/or cost-savings down the road.
Second, your typical law firm loves to provide legal services to
businesses, yet oftentimes demands retainer fees, won’t be available
after hours, and almost never accepts credit cards. As a corporate
counsel, Larry found it difficult to find attorneys who really
understood the needs of business, and would be willing to lose a few
battles for the sake of winning the war (for some attorneys, the need to
“zealously represent their client” makes them inflexible and difficult
to work with, at best).
Third, legal representation early in the game (like good medicine)
helps avoid costly problems in the future. For example, many business
owners don’t stop to consider that every contract placed in front of
them is negotiable (i.e. even a lease). By negotiating more favorable
terms now, a business can potentially save thousands when the
Therefore, L4SB was born to address what Larry sees as shortcomings to legal representation for small business.
Licensed since 1996
Hourly ($295/hour), Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (15 minutes)
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|NM||Authorized to practice law||2005||03/03/2011|
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1996||05/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|40 Under 40||New Mexico Business Weekly||2004|
|40 Under 40||New Mexico Business Weekly||2003|
|Founder and Attorney||Law 4 Small Business||2011 - Present|
|COO & Corporate Counsel||Deep Web Technologies||2008 - 2011|
|COO & Corporate Counsel||SpaBoom||2005 - 2008|
|COO & Corporate Counsel||FatCow Web Hosting||2001 - 2004|
|Managing Director||Leapnet||2001 - 2001|
|President & CEO||Practice.com||2000 - 2001|
|Partner||Hildebrandt Baker Robbins||1995 - 2000|
|Research Fellow / Internet Specialist||Chicago-Kent College of Law||1993 - 1995|
|Technical Support Rep.||IBM||1990 - 1992|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Albuquerque Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|State Bar of New Mexico||Member||2005 - Present|
|High-Tech High||Board Member||2003 - 2005|
|New Mexico Super Computing Challenge||Board Member||2002 - 2004|
|American Bar Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|Que||Using Internet E-Mail, Special Edition||1995|
|Chicago-Kent College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|New Mexico State University||Electrical Engineering||BS - Bachelor of Science||1991|