Law Offices Of Joshua A. Ridless

RELATIONSHIP LAWYERING. My practice is built on the principles of “relationship lawyering” - providing cost-effective counsel to emerging growth companies while eliminating the perceived and actual abuses associated with legal services. Relationship lawyering means becoming an asset to your business, not an expense. As a relationship lawyer, I approach each client’s business with a sense of urgency, becoming involved in all legal issues from the most mundane regulatory matters to the most critical financial transactions.
SCOPE OF WORK. My practice is based on core areas of expertise: corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, intellectual property transactions and other related issues. I have built a roster of clients spanning a broad range of industries such as software, e-commerce, bio-tech, web development, entertainment, consulting/professional services, transportation, hospitality, tourism, and retail.
My experience with publicly- and privately-held companies includes all aspects of SEC filings and proxy statements, entity formation, private placement memoranda and licensing agreements.
As a solicitor, I assist clients in identifying and interviewing specialists in non-corporate areas when necessary.
As a business attorney, I assist emerging growth companies with non-legal matters such as preparing and revising business plans and identifying potential funding sources, including venture capital funds, investment banks and individual investors.
FEES. I pride myself on being an innovator in legal cost reduction methods, applying flat fees to most projects and reasonable retainers for long-term relationships. In doing so, your legal counsel can be budgeted in advance. For companies that require ongoing general counsel, but cannot afford or do not need this service full-time, I work on retainer, determining in advance the scope of work for a six or 12-month period. Although workflow may vary, monthly fees are constant, with surpluses or deficits reconciled when the retainer period ends. At that time, the scope of work is reevaluated, and monthly fees adjusted accordingly. In addition, I do not charge for lawyer education, nor do I view administrative costs such as photocopying, word processing and travel time as profit centers.
CREATING A PARTNERSHIP. Every day emerging businesses are confronted with obstacles and impediments to growth. Legal counsel should not be one of these. By building my practice on the principles of relationship lawyering, I can provide legal services at a fair cost, while building a relationship that evolves with your changing needs.
Mr. Ridless was the recipient of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award in 2003 and 2004.
He was the recipient of the Bar Association of San Francisco's Outstanding Barrister Award in 2004, for his excellence in the practice of law, commitment to public service and reputation among colleagues:
Mr. Ridless also served on the board of the Bar Association of San Francisco and was the 2006 President of Barristers Club.
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