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Laurence S Donahue

Business Attorney at Albuquerque, NM

4.9   57 reviews

also known as Larry


Licensed for 26 years

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About Laurence

Learn Laurence’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Business
    50%
    General business law for small business. Contracts. Employee/employer law. Negotiation. High-tech, Internet and e-commerce law. Practical experience as a corporate counsel to leading startups, with knowledge of day-to-day issues confronting small business.

    27 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    25%
    Home of the flat-rate contract review (as low as $10/page)

    27 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    10%

    27 years, 500 cases

  4. Limited liability company (LLC)
    10%

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Trademark application
    5%

    27 years, 200 cases

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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Licensed for 26 years
State NM
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 03/03/2011
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1996
Updated 10/11/2022

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

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  57 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Lawyer for a Small Business
Larry really understands the needs of small businesses, and he is very accessible and responsive. L4SB has great customer service and top notch legal expertise at a reasonable price.
Posted by Noor | January 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He Cares
I felt Laurence and staff cared about me as a client and didn't just want to bill me. He took the time to discuss my situation and see what the best route was for my business.
Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Formation
Thanks to Larry's team for helping to form business. The whole team was professional and responsive. I plan to use the service in the near future
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fast and affordable legal help
Fast and affordable legal help. Great legal help that I needed. Professional and quick consults. They have the process down to walk you through all steps. I love their notary service, that is done via zoom from comfort of your home and no need to go meet the notary somewhere
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, prompt help with my LLC
The entire process for setting up my LLC was much easier and streamlined than I expected. Their web site was very helpful and informative, and they provided me with prompt and concise instructions along the way. I'm glad I chose their office to assist me with setting up my LLC.
Posted by Frank | February 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and prompt Service
I needed to create an LLC urgently. Larry and his paralegals provided an incredible service to make it happen, and I was pleased with their professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Tremendous Asset For Small Business
Mr. Donahue set up an anonymous LLC for me so that I could start an online business and not be concerned about my privacy or security. He was extremely gracious and relaxed when I had many questions I needed answered before deciding to organize my business. I really appreciated his patience and I never felt forced or pushed into a decision. His staff has always answered my questions quickly, honestly and fully. I am so glad I have found Mr. Donahue and his staff. I will be using them for any questions or issues that should come up with my new business!
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Posted by Paula | October 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Confident in his services!
I hired Larry Donahue to set up my first business (LLC). I couldn't had been any more grateful and lucky to hire a lawyer like himself and his team. He explained the a-b-c's on a phone consultation and I felt confident he knew the business and his job!
Posted by Soumya | August 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service and very fast
I learned about the company from YouTube. I reached out to them with few key details and boom ! My LLC was formed on day one within few hours. They provided all the necessary things to get started. The price and cost of service is reasonable with option to add al-a-carte service as needed.
Posted by Alison | August 11, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Communicative, helpful and informative
My business partner and I scheduled a consultation with Larry regarding the process of setting up a new business in New Mexico. He was extremely knowledgeable, and patient with us newbies. He explained a variety of options - all in terms that we understood. We have since hired his firm to proceed.
Posted by TJ Gray | July 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Legal Help
Larry and his team have helped us tremendously in setting up our LLCs and filing our trademark. We highly recommend Larry and the L4SB team.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
L4SB Highly Recommend!
Larry, Tara, and the team at L4SB were so helpful! For a first time small business starter, they made the process, clear, and painless. I would highly recommend the L4SB team for anyone new to business and legal needs.
Posted by Michael | March 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Experience Creating a New LLC
I am the type of person who needs to know all the details before taking any legal action, and forming a new LLC has a lot of details and potential consequences that need to be fully understood. Larry and his team approach this responsibility in three great ways: First, they have lots of current relevant articles on all aspects of forming LLC and other business structure issues. Second, Larry was always available if I had a question, and I could gauge that he was an ethical person. Third, his team was fast and efficient in getting everything done correctly the first time. I will be using this service again in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient and knowledgable
Law 4 small business has a great streamlined process to setup LLC's. They are knowledgable and efficient in processing your requests. I would definitely turn to them for future legal needs and advise because I felt they do a really good job walking you through your particular needs. Check them out.
Posted by Avery | November 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
Larry is an amazing lawyer who helped me set up my Parent Child LLC. His firm was always there ready to answer any questions I had. They are very responsive and care about their clients. Plus their rates are very reasonable. If you're intimidated by the law, he has a great YouTube channel where he provides invaluable content regarding LLC's. He is the go to lawyer for a small business owner starting out such as myself.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job for LLC formation!
Laurence formed my LLC. His staff was top notch. The process was top notch. It was a smooth, affordable deal all the way around. I'd highly recommend Laurence and L4SB.
Posted by Nick | March 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Team!
I've hired Mr. Donahue to assist me with some Asset Protection planning for my real estate business. Mr. Donahue has been very helpful and knowledgeable in this area, especially with small businesses. Very professional firm and his staff is responsive and easy to communicate with.
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional legal advice
L4sb helped me with the paperwork required to start a small business. They are professional and efficient. They were very responsive when I had any questions. I could always get a response from a paralegal quickly, which was really helpful.
Posted by Arthur | October 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Owner
Mr. Donahue and his L4SB team helped me a great deal in assisting me with setting up my LLCs. Their work saved me a lot of time and effort.
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Business Law
It was a pleasure to work with Elise, at L4SB, called me during the LLC formation process to follow up on pending items and to make sure that all of my questions and concerns were answered. The professionalism and attentiveness and I will be engaging them regarding legal matters related to my small business going forward.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • New Mexico State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Wynn v. Designated Drivers on Demand
  • In favor of DDoD, the Defendant and our Client

Associations

  • New Mexico Code of Professional Conduct Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Albuquerque Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Business Law Section, New Mexico State Bar
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - 2020
  • High-Tech High
  • Board Member
  • 2003 - 2005
  • New Mexico Super Computing Challenge
  • Board Member
  • 2002 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2016
  • 40 Under 40
  • New Mexico Business Weekly
  • 2004
  • 40 Under 40
  • New Mexico Business Weekly
  • 2003
  • Dean's Honor List
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 1995
  • Dean's Honor List
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 1994
  • Dean's Honor List, College of Engineering
  • New Mexico State University
  • 1991
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Publications

  • Que
  • Using Internet E-Mail, Special Edition
  • 1995
  • Que
  • Net.Search
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Self-funded seminar
  • Internet and E-Commerce Law
  • 2004
  • Association of Legal Administrators Conference
  • The Risks Associated with Using the Internet
  • 1999
  • ARMA Conference
  • The New Paradigm in Knowledge Management: CTI and Active Desktops
  • 1998
  • GE Capital, E-Commerce Strategy Conference
  • Advantages of Strategic Deployment of Open Systems and Web-based Technologies
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
Business Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has created an outstanding law firm with a great reputation in the legal community."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Larry and I each represented clients who were negotiating an LLC buyout agreement. My experience with him was very positive. He was professional and courteous, and was a strong advocate for his client. We were able to finalize an agreement that serves the interests of both of our clients."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Larry is a thorough and conscientious lawyer who is dedicated to helping small businesses succeed. His experience as a businessman and consultant helps him relate to business clients and provide them with the advice they need."
Business Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Larry as both an Attorney and as a business person. I have enjoyed conferring with him for several years and recommend him without reservation."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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.""
Business Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Larry is a very thorough and intelligent lawyer who truly cares about his clients."
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Bankruptcy and debt
Intellectual property
Employment and labor
Patent application
Real estate