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Laurence S Donahue

Business Attorney at Albuquerque, NM

4.8   68 reviews

also known as Larry

Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    New Mexico - NM 18 years
    Illinois - IL 27 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NM
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

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.

    29 years, 3,000 cases

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

    29 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    10%

    29 years, 500 cases

  4. Limited liability company (LLC)
    10%

    29 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Trademark application
    5%

    29 years, 200 cases

LAW 4 SMALL BUSINESS. A LITTLE LAW NOW CAN SAVE A LOT LATER.

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.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2017,2016,2015,2012
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 4 ...

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Location

Law 4 Small Business (L4SB)

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  68 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
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 Brittany | April 20, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing!!
Helped me out the entire way and delivered efficiently. Will definitely be using again!!
Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Service
Law 4 Small Business was a God send! It’s difficult finding a firm that offers such a variety of services. The process has been very easy. Extremely happy that I found this firm.
Posted by Martha | January 11, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Super efficient, and responsive to all my questions regarding my small business merger. I highly recommend their services!
Posted by Michael | August 16, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Law 4 Small Business
This was the quickest and easiest process to obtain LLC and I will be using them in the future for any legal issues I have with my LLC. I will recommend it to anyone that reads this or whom ever I encounter.
Posted by John | June 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick and Easy Business Set Up
I hired Mr. Donahue's firm to help with the set up of a LLC. I very much appreciated how up front they were with the timeline, cost, and expectations. They delivered everything as expected, and did so much quicker than originally expected. I will be coming back for future legal needs, and I highly recommend their work.
Posted by A | March 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Member
Working with L4SB has been a pleasure. I was kept updated throughout the process. All of my questions were answered knowledgeably and promptly. I strongly recommend their services.
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always Available and Excellent customer service!!!
Great experience with their customer service, Laurence and his team were really good and following up with me to ensure that we set my LLC as quickly as possible!
Posted by Maya | February 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service!
Thank you for a helping me register my LLC quickly and efficiently! you were responsive and helpful and everything went very well.
Posted by Jon S | January 26, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
L4SB is the Best place to launch a small business.
L4SB is the BEST company for the very small business start-up. They got my LLC up and running Fast, Easy and at a great price. I was a finance major and am a DIYer but I still needed a pro because: you dont know what you dont know.
Posted by Jordi | December 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
From now on, my lawyer of trust in the United States.
L4SB helped me to set up my LLC in the US and answered all my doubts patiently.
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.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 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

Sample of 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

Honors and 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)
Endorse Laurence
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
Albuquerque Business Lawyer Laurence S Donahue
Laurence S Donahue
Business Attorney
Albuquerque, NM
Licensed for 27 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available