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Laurence S Donahue

Laurence S Donahue

also known as Larry

Practice areas:

Business, Contracts & Agreements, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Corporate & Incorporation, Trademark Application

About Me

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
relationship ends.


 


Therefore, L4SB was born to address what Larry sees as shortcomings to legal representation for small business.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Business: 50%
    20 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 25%
    20 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 10%
    20 years, 500 cases
  4. Limited Liability Company (LLC): 10%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Trademark Application: 5%
    20 years, 200 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($295/hour), Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Umair Mahmood Malik

    Larry has extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of contracts, and many other small business matters. He is the first attorney I think of when I hear the words "small business."

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    Umair Malik Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • No photo

    Larry is a very thorough and intelligent lawyer who truly cares about his clients.

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    Stephen Comeau
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Law 4 Small Business

8228 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Ste. A
Albuquerque, NM, 87113

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NMAuthorized to practice law200503/03/2011
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199608/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
40 Under 40New Mexico Business Weekly2004
40 Under 40New Mexico Business Weekly2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder and AttorneyLaw 4 Small Business2011 - Present
COO & Corporate CounselDeep Web Technologies2008 - 2011
COO & Corporate CounselSpaBoom2005 - 2008
COO & Corporate CounselFatCow Web Hosting2001 - 2004
Managing DirectorLeapnet2001 - 2001
President & CEOPractice.com2000 - 2001
PartnerHildebrandt Baker Robbins1995 - 2000
Research Fellow / Internet SpecialistChicago-Kent College of Law1993 - 1995
Technical Support Rep.IBM1990 - 1992

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Albuquerque Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
State Bar of New MexicoMember2005 - Present
High-Tech HighBoard Member2003 - 2005
New Mexico Super Computing ChallengeBoard Member2002 - 2004
American Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember1995 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
QueUsing Internet E-Mail, Special Edition1995
QueNet.Search1995

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
New Mexico State UniversityElectrical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1991

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Hosting Con 2009How to Structure Your Company Now to Sell Later2009
Self-funded seminarInternet and E-Commerce Law2004