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Nina Yablok

Business Attorney at Fort Worth, TX

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Texas - TX 8 years
    California - CA 46 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1977
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Nina

Learn Nina’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Business
    40%
    My practice is actually 100% business related. I am a small to mid-size business law generalist. As such I help my clients with contracts, employment issues, intellectual property etc. I have been working with online businesses since back in the old, pre-www, Compuserve days. I've been around a really long time but still adore what I do. And sometimes people even pay me to do it - what more could I ask.

    47 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Communications and media
    20%
    I represent several online media outlets. I have a lot of experience advising business in the rapidly growing and changing area commonly referred to as "new media." I deal with internet issues, copyright issues, defamation and privacy issues.

  3. Internet
    20%
    My first online client was a business that ran the busiest forum on Compuserve in the early 1990s. Now about 50% of my business comes from companies that operate either entirely or partially online (beyond just a static website). I understand the Interwebs.

    13 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    10%
    I'm happy to talk with anyone who's thinking of incorporating or forming an LLC without change. I do not attempt to compete with online services. If you want cheap - go to them. If you want personalized consultation and advise, I'm here to help.

    13 years

  5. Intellectual property
    10%
    All companies have IP - just some don't know about it. I help clients increase the value of their business by identifying, documenting and protecting their IP.

    13 years

I MAY NOT BE WHERE YOU THINK I AM

My office is virtually everywhere.  While I maintain a practice in California and actually many of my clients are there - I actually live and also practice in Texas.  I have a physical office in College Station, TX.  As a business transactional attorney I rarely see my clients, even when they are close by.  I communicate with my clients by phone, skype, conference call, instant messenger, text - whatever works for them.

A WORD ABOUT MY PARTICIPATION ON AVVO

I like avvo. I answer a lot of questions, although I do have a day job (I R a attorney).  I, however, will not answer questions just to answer them; will not post "good answer" just to get points or get someone else to return the favor; and mostly I WILL NOT ENDORSE ANOTHER ATTORNEY IF I DON'T KNOW THEM OR THEIR PARTICIPATION ON AVVO.  So if you are collecting endorsements and think you'll get one from me if you endorse me without knowing me - don't bother. I now return you to my "about me" section.

AS AN ATTORNEY

I'm looking for relationships, not just clients.  I practice in both California and Texas. As a business attorney most of my clients don't feel the need to meet face to face very often. While I live in Texas, I am available to fly back to CA when needed.  

My ideal situation is a to have a long term relationship with a client; to become part of the management team; to be consulted in advance to the client can avoid problems, rather than having to have me ride in and bail them out of trouble.

I fancy myself a bit like old fashioned family doctors who brought patients into the world and saw them throught childhood, the teens, marriage, old age and death.  I'm that... but for instead of being a country doctor, I'm an ex-New York City cab driver who moved to Silicon Valley when it was just transitioning from farmland to chipland.

Because I'm interested in long term relationships I'm more willing to spend time getting to know a client without any change than most attorneys.  I have no set "30 minutes free" policy. I will spend whatever amount of time - over as many meetings as needed to see if we're a good fit. 

Although I take my clients' business very seriously, I think humor is important, and if you don't have a senses of humor you probably wont like working with me. I can be grandmotherly and supportive, and at times I whack my clients upside the head with a clue. 

I expect my clients to be big boys and girls and make decisions. I give you information, tell you the risks and you decide. Because I'm not in a big firm with big partners or a management committee looking over my shoulder, I don't worry as much about my ass, as I do about your profitablility. I believe small businesses must take risks to compete. 

My job is to help you manage risk not avoid it completely.

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AS A PERSON

I was born, brought up, and went to law school in New York City.  My father had been an attorney and then a business man. I grew up hearing talk about mergers and acquisitions at the dinner table. My father used to sit me on his lap, show me financial statements and ask me "which numbers look out of place?"  I learned to bottom line things at the dinner table.

As a child I spent idyllic summers at Fire Island - and I've uploaded a picture of our summer house from way back then.

I went to law school after being out of college for 4 years. I think that helped me put law school in perspective better than had I gone right out of college. I definitely went because I wanted to, not because it was expected.

During law school I drove a cab in NYC to supplement what my parents could (or would) provide and the full scholarship I won by winning the internal Moot Court competition and being named "Chief Justice" of the moot court program.  I later learned being an ex-NYC cabbie brings a lot of street cred with it.  I think sometimes people are more impressed by that than by my professional accomplishments.

I ran away from NY after graduating law school and settled in the San Francisco bay area.  Originally aiming for SF, I ended up in the south bay - in silicon valley.  Since I had always wanted to do business law and nothing else, silicon valley is a perfect place for me.

I've done nothing but business law with a slight detour. About 8 years ago I decided I was burning out. I didn't close my practice, but I took courses in coaching.  My first client was myself, and I coached myself into re-energizing my practice by getting rid of the clients I didn't enjoy and making my practice into something I love again.

So that's where my personal and professional lived blend so well. My husband and I both work from home. Although I have an outside office where I meet with clients, I rarely see most of my clients in person - we work by email, phone and instant messenger. 

Because we both love our work, and can take a minute or an hour to spend time together any time we want, I tend to be available to my clients when I'm needed, not necessarily just from 9 to 5 on weekdays.  But it's not because I'm a work-a-holic.  I just take my time off throughout the day so working at 10 at night doesn't feel like a chore if that's what's necessary.

My husband and I discovered cruising a few years ago, and we adore going on cruises.  Yes, we both bring our computers and work - but trust me sitting in a cabana on the Lido deck of a cruise ship with your laptop is a whole different experience than sitting in the office looking at a computer monitor.

Being able to weave work and relaxation together seamlessly is, I think, probably my greatest achievement. That, and having picked a great husband.

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Location

Law Office of Nina Yablok
5049 Edwards Ranch,
Fort Worth, TX, 76109
Law Office of Nina Yablok
1716 Briarcrest Dr.
3rd Floor
Bryan, TX, 77802
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Reviews

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Posted by Kathey | January 9, 2012
Great attorney for small businesses
Nina's strong business knowledge makes her easy to work with - she understands small businesses, in addition to law. I also appreciate that her advice on contracts is always focused on making the deal work, and on staying out of court. The overall result is she provides very cost-effective legal advice.
Posted by Steve | December 25, 2011
Honest, Capable, Fair
I've known Nina for more than the 30 years she has been practicing in California. She has always directly handled people I've referred to her or recommended other, better suited lawyers. She is honest in her opinions, capable beyond question in her field, and fair in her dealings with clients and adversaries. She is my go-to lawyer in CA. If you want a lawyer who keeps your best interests at the fore, then Nina is the person to hire.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • General Counsel, Secretary
  • Massively Parallel Instruments
  • 1999 - Present
  • Dragon Slayer, Attorney, Owner
  • Law Office of Nina Yablok
  • 1977 - Present
  • Instructor - Law and Business
  • West Valley College
  • 1992 - 1998

Education

  • St John's Univ SOL
  • law
  • N/A
  • New York Univ
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • KMS Courier Inc. v McKesson Corporation et. al.
  • Judgment for the defendants
  • EDD v. Compass Point Travel
  • Ruling in favor of Compass Point after appeal by EDD

Associations

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Co-Chair Delegation to Conference of Delegates
  • 1997 - 2000
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section
  • Education Chair
  • 1996 - 1998
  • American Bar Association
  • Delegate from Santa Clara Bar Association
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 1995 - 2001
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Business Section
  • Chair
  • 1995 - 2000
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section
  • Co-Chair Education committee
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Education Committee member
  • 1993 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Moot Court Award
  • St. John's University School of Law
  • 1976
  • Niagara International Law Award
  • St. John's University School of Law
  • 1976
  • Byran Award for Moot Court
  • St. John's Univeristy School of Law
  • 1976

Publications

  • Business Law Practitioner
  • Outsoursing
  • 1999
  • University of California, Continuing Education of the Bar
  • - Minimizing Independent Contractor Disputes Action Guide
  • 1996
  • Business Law News
  • An Electronic Window to the Business Law Section
  • 1994
  • Annual Review of Recent Developments - Business Law
  • Editor
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Year End Legal Round-Up
  • Hot Topics in Business Law
  • N/A
  • MCLE program
  • Independent Contractor Issues
  • N/A
  • MCLE Program
  • Negotiating the Sale of a Business
  • N/A
  • MCLE program
  • Independent Contractor Issues
  • N/A
  • MCLE Program
  • Fundamentals of Entity Formation: Business Start-ups and Conversions
  • N/A
  • MCLE course
  • Advising Closely Held Corporations
  • N/A
  • Entrepreneurship Program
  • Incorporating your Own Business
  • N/A
  • Entrepreneurship Program
  • Getting Started in Businses
  • N/A
  • Entrepreneurship Program
  • How to Start a Small Business
  • N/A
  • Businses Start Up Program
  • Legal Aspects of Starting a Business in California
  • N/A
  • Business owners seminar
  • Using Independent Contractors
  • N/A
  • Business Owners Seminar
  • Navigating the Regulatory Maze
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Other
"I've known Nina since about 2002 from our mutual involvement in the Conference of Delegates. I endorse her."
Business Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms Yablok gives consistently accurate, well thought-out answers with great concern for the needs of Avvo askers. Those qualities make her a great choice for prospective clients who many need the benefit of her professional services."
Business Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent business attorney."
Business Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a personal injury attorney, so business law is outside the scope of my primary practice; I subscribe to Nina's e-mail newsletter, and many times I have found it so informative and helpful that I have forwarded it on to my own clients who own businesses. Nina is very forthcoming with advice and suggestions that can solve your problems before they start. Thank you!"
Business Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I didn't think business lawyers had a sense of humor until I started reading the many contributions Nina Yablok has made here on Avvo. Her advice not only makes sense, but with her sense of humor she makes her point stick with you. I am honored to endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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