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When GetQuik was looking for legal representation, I asked a few friends who they would recommend. My friend Elliot had engaged Venture Law Group, who helped guide his former company Netcentives through an IPO process. The partner they worked with was Elias Blawie. Fast forward a few years, Venture Law Group is now a part of Heller Ehrman.
When I first met with Elias, I immediately liked him. Elias has worked with numerous startups throughout his career. He has knowledge and experience. As well, he is a very likeable dude. Calm and easy going. GetQuik's legal needs to date have been fairly straight forward. We recently cleaned up our corporate docs, and Elias and attorney Saxon Peters were instrumental in this process. Perhaps the thing I appreciate most about Elias' approach is that he looks for ways to minimize our legal bills, rather than proposing complex solutions that will run up our tab. His philosophy is to build good will and help a startup offload their legal burden in the hopes that the company will grow into a industry leader with expanded legal concerns which he and Heller can manage.
The rare combination of a nice lawyer, and one that thinks in terms of long term relationships. That is what Elias brings to the table. Those in Silicon Valley may want to consider his services for their corporate legal matters.