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Donald Douglas Bend

Business Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Doug Bend

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  • State Years
    California - CA 13 years
    New York - NY 14 years
    Nebraska - NE 17 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NE
    Acquired 2006
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Some of the business legal services we provide include: Strategic Entity Formation Non-Profit Formations and Compliance Entity Conversions Dissolutions & Winding Up Equity Incentive Plans Terms of Use & Privacy Policies Purchase & Sale of a Business

    17 years

  2. Contracts and agreements

  3. Corporate and incorporation

  4. Limited liability company (LLC)

  5. Mergers and acquisitions


Doug is the founder of Bend Law Group, PC, a law firm focused on advising small businesses and startups. He has been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Fox Business, MSN, Inc., and Forbes. Raised in Omaha, Doug is a graduate of Drake University where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with his B.A. in Political Science and History. He also received an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. When Doug is not wearing his lawyer hat, he enjoys exploring the Bay Area with his wife Joanne and their five year old daughter (Maddie) and three year old son (Billy).

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Bend Law Group, PC
2181 Greenwich Street
San Francisco, CA, 94123


5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by amir | September 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Service
As an estate planning attorney, I know and have worked with many business attorneys in the San Francisco Bay area. When my business partners and I started a new digital estate planning venture, there was only one firm I spoke with - - the Bend Law Group. Doug and his team are consummate professionals. They clearly explained what was needed and how much it would cost. And, they did exactly what they said they would do ... and a lot more! Doug also provided amazing additional sideline support with regard to other start up related considerations. If you're looking for a top notch business planning law firm, give the Bend Law Group a call. You will be super happy!
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Posted by Mara Chavez | July 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
Very happy that I've chosen Doug to help with our company formation and would consider hiring his firm again for our future legal needs. From day one, I've been impressed with Doug's thoroughness, promptness, as well as his interpersonal skills. It's been a pleasure working with him thus far.
Posted by Givelle | June 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always does an excellent job
I hired Mr. Bend after a friend of mine mentioned that she used him for her company. Not only do I now depend heavily on him for sound and solid advice, but he is my go-to person whenever friends and family need help starting a business, growing a business, or need advice in general. I've been using his services for almost a year now and recommend him to anybody who wants white glove legal service.
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Posted by Mark | February 3, 2014
I Highly Recommend Doug!
I called Doug for corporate counsel regarding my legal practice. From the first contact, what struck me most was the time Doug took to answer my questions. His advice was thorough and practical, and his communication skills excellent. The perfect adviser for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Posted by Katy | August 22, 2013
Top Notch, Great Guy, Fabulous Lawyer
Mr. Bend is the kind of lawyer that makes me proud to be a lawyer too. He's accurate, intelligent, and cares deeply about what is best for his clients. His clients love him and I understand why: Doug Bend is a competent lawyer who provides great service and has a great attitude. Keep up the good work, Doug!
Posted by Jason | August 20, 2013
Terrific Business Attorney
Doug Bend is an excellent business attorney. I say this both as a fellow business attorney and client. When you are hiring someone to be your business/corporate attorney you need someone with skill and expertise. Doug not only has those qualities but he is responsive, thoughtful, and caring. It is because of those qualities that I hired Doug when I was opening my practice and why he is still the attorney for my practice when I need of outside counsel. He formed and maintains the corporate structure for my practice. I confidently recommend Doug Bend.
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Posted by David | August 18, 2013
Excellent business attorney
Doug incorporated my professional corporation for me last year. He was quick and efficient about it. He understood both the technical and practical aspects of incorporation, and he has continued to monitor my corporate formalities and remind of the things I need to take care of. He's a great lawyer to have at your side as you start and grow your business.
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Posted by Steven | August 8, 2013
Doug is the best!
When we were looking for a lawyer to help start up our business, Doug's name came up. He was kind enough to give us a free consultation, which was super informative. Doug went out his way patiently explaining everything, answering all the questions we had, and made sure we had all the right information. We immediately hired Doug's help. Not only was he professional, he made sure we also understood the process and never failed to answer more of our endless questions. Even long after our contract ended, Doug would still follow up with reminders and the like. Talk about outstanding service! We've been recommending Doug to all of our contacts. It's just make things so much easier when someone like Doug is such a reliable source.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-725 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Bend Law Group, PC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Superior Court of the Virgin Islands
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Supreme Court of Nebraska
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Legal Research Assistant
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Legislative Assistant
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2001 - 2003
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Nebraska
  • M.A.
  • 2001
  • Drake University
  • B.A.
  • 1999

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers in San Francisco
  • Yelp
  • 2013
  • Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Drake University
  • 1999
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  • Thurgood Marshall Law Review
  • A Tireless Journey: An Analysis of Thurgood Marshall's Dedication to Equal Opportunity Fifteen Years After
  • 2007
  • The Creighton Law Review
  • Term Limits For Nebraska State Senators: A Challenge to the Future Effectiveness of the Nebraska State Legislature
  • 2006
  • The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Foreword
  • 2006
  • The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • North Carolina’s Public Financing of Judicial Campaigns: A Preliminary Analysis
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Small Biz Networking
  • Legal Entity Options for Therapists
  • 2022
  • Co-Spot
  • Law 101 for Small Businesses and Startups
  • 2013
  • Women’s Initiative for Self Employment
  • Legal Tips for Starting and Growing Your Business
  • 2011
  • "Feasibility Business Planning Seminar"
  • Legal Considerations for Small Business Owners
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (25)
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Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Doug Bend to be a great lawyer. I think so highly of him that when it came to incorporate my practice, of course I went to him. I encounter many clients & potential clients who should consider converting their sole proprietorships into corporations, and I refer them all to him."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug Bend is a most excellent attorney. I have observed his work for certain mutual clients, and it is outstanding. Doug receives my highest endorsement."
Business Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is they guy to go to when you need assistance setting up a new business, or are looking to grow and need help with the process. I have known Doug for several years now and have always found him to be very approachable, knowledgable and extremely responsive. Highly recommend."
Business Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a fantastic professional and attorney. Doug is extremely diligent and extremely knowledgeable in his area of practice. I highly endorse this attorney, without reservation."
Business Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is an excellent lawyer and an even better person. I never have any concerns about referring clients to Doug as I know they will be well taken care of."
Business Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is an outstanding attorney. When my clients are in need of a business attorney, Doug is always ready to help. I highly recommend him."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly recommend Doug Bend's law firm for contracts and business entity formation. I know that when I recommend Doug to my clients he will carefully propose the right business solution. Doug's expertise in business matters makes it easy for me to refer to his law firm. Doug is a premier attorney."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Doug to everyone who comes to me wanting to incorporate a business or form another type of business entity. He is a great!"
Business Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Believe the hype. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I readily endorse Doug Bend. I never hesitate to send prospective start-up clients to Doug. He takes care of his clients with the highest professional and personal integrity. Doug is a wonderful resource for any business that wants to get off to the right start."
General practice Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a smart and hardworking lawyer. I have repeatedly sent friends to him for advice on a variety of legal issues and will continue to do so without hesitation."
Business Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is very smart, easy to talk to, humble, client-centered, and responsive. However, Doug is not just these things -- he is also a stand-up business lawyer with character and class, which is extremely rare in this field. He works in a way that will help your company build relationships--not tear them down."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug is a fantastic lawyer. He is knowledgeable, easy to work with and cares a lot about his clients. Our firm works with Doug on matters and I endorse him without qualification."
Business Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is not only a competent lawyer, he is a loyal friend and mentor. He has a knack for making complicated matters digestible and easy to understand. The San Francisco community is lucky to have him."
Business Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not only is Doug Bend a knowledgeable business attorney, but he strives to learn and understand the practical business concerns that his clients face and to help them make appropriate legal decisions and to grow their businesses. I have had the good fortune to work with some of his clients on real estate matters and it is clear that they trust and value Doug. I recommend him to those in need of business advice without hesitation."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug Bend is knowledgeable, thorough, diligent, and genuine. We often refer business to each other and every client I've had that has come from Doug's shop has been utterly pleased with his service. You will not be disappointed! Go Doug!"
Business Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is very trustworthy, professional and knowledgeable. I've work with Doug on a number of projects and also referred his office a number of clients needing assistance on complex business transactions and start-ups. I highly recommend using Mr. Bend for you business legal work."
Business Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a wonderful and knowledgeable attorney. I would highly recommend calling him for any business legal needs you may have."
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