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Pasha Law provides comprehensive legal protection for businesses by acting as general counsel for a fixed monthly fee. We do, of course, also provide simple flat fee legal services for limited scope projects.

Whatever your business legal needs, including contract drafting or negotiation, human resource advice, intellectual property protection, or even government compliance, Pasha Law has you covered from a legal and common sense business perspective.

At our firm, we pride ourselves on digging deep into the business of our clients so we can proactively address their needs. Pasha Law focuses on striking the right balance between conservative advice and practical solutions.

Why The Monthly Fee Model?

No longer should attorneys have an incentive to create work for themselves and take as long as possible to complete a task in order to maximize their billable hours.

The focus with our model realigns the incentives between attorney and client to create a value-based relationship.

How Does The monthly fee work?
How Does the Monthly Fee Work?

Pasha Law's fixed monthly retainer provides for generally every legal need of your business. At only a phone call or email away, your business has a dedicated general counsel to deal with virtually every legal issue.

Need a contract drafted? Need to terminate an employee? There are no hidden fees and no surprise bills. There are some exceptions that are not covered under this monthly fee, such as speciality services like litigation, tax opinions, patent filings, or other out of the ordinary services (see retainer agreement for details).

There is no long term commitment. Pasha Law realigns the incentives by allowing the attorney-client relationship to terminate at any time. This means that each month we must prove the value of our services to our clients. We believe this has been key in creating the close long term relationship that we have with our clients.

Not to be confused with legal insurance, Pasha Law provides actual legal services performed by business and corporate attorneys. The monthly rate varies depending on the needs and size of the business, but the general goal is to spread out your legal costs so that you may budget for the long-term. This means that instead of paying a sizeable up-front retainer deposit, your legal fees are spread out in a monthly fee.

We accept all major credit cards and BitCoin for most services

You have diverse needs. Our Services are many.

Pasha Law handles in-house pretty much everything that your business may need legally.

Contact Agreements

Contract agreements are the soul of any transaction and we've handled many. From the simple independent contractor or vendor agreement to the more complex asset purchase agreement, we have no problem structuring the deal for you.

Employment Issues

Employment issues typically pose the biggest risk to any business. Our focus is employment compliance with finesse-not all the answers will be in the handbook, although we draft those too.

Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is not just for the owner who likes order, but also for nailing down the structure of your business with you and your partners in a way that minimizes liability.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is the intangible assets of your business that we aim to protect, perfect, and patent. We take care of most of these issues in-house, including trademarks and copyright filings, and setting up your business structure to make sure it is all protected.

Risk Management

Risk management requires long-term strategy with big picture reviews of your business. This is not something that most law firms can provide without developing intimate long-term relationships that we strive for with all of our clientele. Our bottom line philosophy is that litigation is almost always a losing battle, whether you win or lose.

Our firm believes in "7 C's" of quality legal services

We do well because we focus on proving our value each month.

About Pasha Law

Honesty, Hard Work & Trust.

Since 2008, Pasha Law has been protecting the needs of businesses of all sizes while staying at the forefront of the business law community. We now operate in California, Texas, and New York. We have the unique ability and skill to handle business deals that other firms may not have the experience to touch. Pasha Law strives for exceptional outcomes while also maintaining a risk-conservative posture for our clients.
What our clients say about us:
  • This has taken such a burden off my company knowing we have Pasha Law in house.
    President of an Organic Chocolate Distribution & Retail Business
  • Pasha Law is caring, efficient, and personal. I don't know what we would have done without them.
    President of an Insurance Brokerage
  • Pasha Law works wonders with the legal system. Inexpensive yet results driven, PL is truly one step ahead; we are happy to have them represent TLK Fusion.
    President of a leading Hollywood marketing firm in Los Angeles, California
  • Having hired nine law firms in the last three years, I can say with great certainty that Pasha Law has been the most personable and easiest to work with. They go the extra mile for clients.
    President of a Jewelry Line
  • Pasha Law always takes the time to answer my phone calls and emails.
    CEO of an Auto Financing Firm
  • Pasha Law has been a valuable asset to my company.
    President of Real Estate Brokerage
  • The main reason Pasha Law has been our first choice is due to their integrity
    COO of a Translation Service Provider
  • Fighting Parking Tickets? There’s an App for That [e74]

    July 30, 2014

    The guys discuss Fixed, the company that fights parking tickets in San Francisco.  They also answer “In our industry a few competitors have very very vague patents. For example one has patented “exit intent” technology that pops up something when a user is about to leave a website. This feature essentially can be replicated in […]

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  • Scamming Your Way to Free Rent Through Airbnb [e73]

    July 28, 2014

    Nasir and Matt kick things off by discussing the Airbnb squatter who refuses to leave the condo he rented.  They then answer the question, “Can my website be sued for publishing public records?” Update: apparently the Airbnb squatter may have raised some $40,000 on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter for a video game that never materialized, leaving scores […]

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  • Why the Crew of Temptation Island Is the True Reality Show Participants [e72]

    July 25, 2014

    The guys end the week by discussing the harsh employment standards surrounding reality shows.  They then answer the question, “My friend has a file with over 10,000 pieces of debt that he recieved from a collection agency that went under. What legal steps do I have to take to just be able to sit in […]

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  • The Female Sexual Harrassment Scandal that Spread in Silicon Valley [e71]

    July 23, 2014

    Nasir and Matt talk about the recent Yahoo sexual harassment claim involving two women and answer, “Why is it that manufacturers refrain from mentioning one another in their advertisements (eg. “Tide cleans better than these other brands – bunch of white bottles with no labels”)? This is observed with, well, basically every niche of the […]

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  • Making Airplane Seats Worse [e70]

    July 21, 2014

    Nasir and Matt talk about Airbus’s strategy to patent everything, including bicycle seats.  They also answer, “Hi guys. I’m thinking of creating a university professor rating website just like but for my country (Lebanon). Can I do that? It’s not gonna be an exact replica. Some things will be different. Do I need to […]

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  • There’s No Sleeping in Baseball on ESPN [e69]

    July 18, 2014

    Nasir and Matt delve into the recently filed lawsuit by a sleeping fan against ESPN.  The then answer the question, “Is it illegal for an employer to not pay an employee for training for a job? This is an hourly wage job, not contract. The location of the job is in California.”

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  • How Legal is the Wolf of Wall Street? [e68]

    July 16, 2014

    The guys talk about Yelp’s complaints that Google is altering search results.  They also answer, “In the Belford example and those working in “boiler rooms” they are convicted of using unfair selling tactics but what does that mean? Do salesmen not use unfair sales tactics when they psychoanalyze the client and use that to their […]

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  • The “Dirty Truth” About Website Comments [e67]

    July 14, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss one website’s struggle with regulating user generated content, an issue they’ve discussed with Yelp in the past.  They then answer the question, “I work for a firm doing a temporary assignment on a client’s work site. The firm calls me an “exempt hourly contractor employee” and deducts tax contributions per my […]

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  • Ep 66: Tinder and Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

    July 11, 2014

    Nasir and Matt finish up social media week by talking about Tinder suspending its co-founder for a potential sexual harassment lawsuit.  They then answer the question, “The general provisions at the end of contracts; how necessary are they and are there any that are musts to include?”

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  • Ep 65: Ten Second Interviews

    July 09, 2014

    The guys talk about the Irish Pub that conducted a hiring search through the use of Snapchat.  They then answer, “I am setting up a team for my startup company. Who are the essential people we need to have?”

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  • Ep 64: Fired for Facebook Complaints

    July 07, 2014

    Nasir and Matt kick off social media week by discussing the waitress who got fired for going on a Facebook rant after poor tipping.  They also answer, “Our company has really taken off but we now need some tech work done. Should we just buy some software or bring in someone in-house?”

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  • Ep 63: Why Lawyers Love the 4th of July

    July 04, 2014

    Nasir and Matt celebrate America’s birthday by discussing the newest decision in the hotdog in the eye at a baseball game case and the legal side of the 4th of July.  They then answer, “I gave my employees the option to take the 4th of July off. Everyone except one employee decided to take the […]

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  • Ep 62: Talking Franchises with Michael Davis

    July 02, 2014

    The guys welcome franchise owner Michael Davis to discuss his Cartridge World franchise and his experience as a franchise owner.  They also answer the question, “How worried should I be about the arbitration clause in my employee agreement and does this force me to only arbitration?”

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  • Ep 61: Patents and the World Cup

    June 30, 2014

    Nasir and Matt attempt to do a World Cup themed episode, as they discuss the recent Supreme Court case about patents and answer, “If I sell items online, can I have them agree to the contract by checking a box that no one reads?”

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  • Ep 60: Help with Yelp

    June 27, 2014

    Nasir and Matt again talk about Yelp, this time with its new chat feature. They then answer the question, “What’s the most important thing to include in a noncompete agreement?” Nasir’s note: here is the link to the site he deemed much better than Yelp:

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  • Ep 59: The Importance of B Corp’s with Jim Osgood of Klean Kanteen

    June 25, 2014

    The guys welcome the CEO of Klean Kanteen, Jim Osgood, to discuss why his company decided to become B Corp certified and the positive effects the certification has had.   Jim also provides his perspective on the question, “One of our employees does great work and isn’t breaking any office rules, but we have noticed […]

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  • Ep 58: The Redskins Lose Again

    June 23, 2014

    Nasir and Matt kick things off by discussing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceling the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration.  They then answer the following for a dentist from Napa, California, “We have a handfull of clients who owe us money. Some are a couple days late and some are months outstanding. At what point should […]

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  • Ep 57: Company Scores with World Cup Insurance

    June 20, 2014

    Nasir and Matt get World Cup fever as they delve into insurance coverage for the big event.  The guys also answer the question, “I own a restaurant. Can I help get to the new minimum wage by giving them a $1 food credit each hour?”

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  • Ep 56: Is Spam Texting Legal?

    June 18, 2014

    Nasir and Matt talk about the recent lawsuits filed against companies in Manila about spam texting.  They then answer, “We have a PTO system in place that allows employees to take days off, but many of my employees are requesting the same days off because of the World Cup. Can I prevent some from doing […]

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  • Ep 55: Tesla Patents for All & Company Cell Phones and Private Data

    June 16, 2014

    The guys discuss Tesla’s decision to go open source with its patents and answer the question, “Our sales people get company cell phones that are for work use only. One of our recently fired employees wants the pictures on their phone. Do I have to give it to them?”

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  • Ep 54: Kickstarter for All

    June 13, 2014

    The guys discuss Kickstarter’s decision to lower the barrier for project acceptance and answer the question, “Can I hire some summer interns and not pay them?”

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  • Ep 53: Firing Your Spouse with Meg Hirshberg

    June 11, 2014

    Nasir and Matt welcome author Meg Hirshberg to discuss her recent article about firing your spouse.  They address, “I run a business that hinges on customer service. My son is home from college and can’t find a job. Is it worth me taking the risk of hiring him knowing he probably won’t be good for […]

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  • Ep 52: Minimum Wage at a Maximum

    June 09, 2014

    Nasir and Matt talk about the effects of Seattle raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and discuss whether cities like San Diego will follow suit.  They then answer, “In late November 2013 I bought some things for a local business and was given a check for the exact amount a few days later. […]

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  • Ep 51: When Extreme Sports are Too Extreme

    June 06, 2014

    The guys end the week by talking about the waivers signed by participants in extreme sports like Tough Mudder.  They address the question, “I’m an independent contractor and was presented with an agreement that basically makes me liable for any mistake I make and not the company.  Is this fair, or even common practice?”

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  • Ep 50: Film Tax Credits with Steve Rothschild

    June 04, 2014

    Nasir and Matt welcome Steve Rothschild to discuss the film tax credit bill recently passed in California, as well as the importance of transferrable tax credits to businesses.  They also answer, “I received a demand letter from an attorney that is asking for way more money that I would ever be responsible for.  What should […]

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  • Ep 49: Beats by Apple

    June 02, 2014

    Nasir and Matt kick off the week discussing Apple’s acquisition of Beats and whether it was a smart purchase.  They then answer the question, “Should I give some of my employees a corporate credit card?”

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  • Ep 48: New Laws for Uber and Casual Fridays

    May 30, 2014

    Nasir and Matt break down the new laws involving Uber and Lyft in Colorado and answer the question, “Now that it’s almost summertime, I want to implement casual Fridays. Is there something I should restrict from a legal standpoint?”

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  • Ep 47: Paris Hilton Suit and Recording Your Employees

    May 28, 2014

    The guys discuss the most recent lawsuit involving Paris Hilton’s breach of contract and answer, “Is it legal to record audio of employees in the workplace without their consent?”

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  • Ep 46: Fast Food Robots and Raising Capital

    May 27, 2014

    Nasir and Matt talk about fast food restaurants replacing employees with robots and answer the question, “I’m trying to raise some capital from investors. When they ask how I am going to use their investment, what should I say?”

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  • Ep 45: All You Can Eat and Paying Minimum Wage

    May 23, 2014

    The guys talk about all you can eat buffets implementing surcharges for unclean plates.  They then address, “I have an minor working for me who said they would work for half of what the minimum wage is. Can I legally do this?”

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  • Ep 44: Are Secret Apps Really Secret with Daniel Libby

    May 21, 2014

    Nasir and Matt welcome security guru Daniel Libby to discuss the issues involved with the secrecy of whistleblower apps, and answer the question, “We had an issue with some customer info that was compromised. Should we tell our customers, and if so, how?”

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  • Ep 43: The House That Johnny Manziel Built

    May 19, 2014

    Nasir and Matt talk about the trademark filing surrounding Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M.  They also answer the question, “Can I put anything in my contracts that prevents my customers from leaving a negative Yelp review?”

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  • Ep 42: Snapchat Battles the FTC

    May 16, 2014

    The guys discuss Snapchat’s seemingly minor punishment for misrepresentations about its privacy policy and answer, “How do I decide what salary to pay myself?”

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  • Ep 41: Copyright Infringement of Mobile Games

    May 14, 2014

    Nasir and Matt welcome Jesse Lindsley to talk about people are ripping off successful mobile games and answer the question, “My partners and I have been developing an online software and a mobile app, but we are wondering if we should split the mobile aspect of our business into a separate LLC since not everyone is […]

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  • Ep 40: Workplace Loans to Employees

    May 12, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss the trend of employers providing loans to employees and answer the questions, “I know I need to pay some of my employees more to prevent them from leaving but I won’t have the revenue for another 6 months, what else can I do to keep them in the mean time?”

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  • Ep 39: Start a Fad Business & Business Bartering

    May 09, 2014

    Nasir and Matt talk about how a businesses based on a fad can succeed and answer, “I don’t have money to pay for certain services. Can I trade my products for other company’s services?”

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  • Ep 38: Creepy Privacy Policies & Protecting Proprietary Info

    May 07, 2014

    The guys discuss how companies use the data they collect and answer, “How can I make sure my employees don’t steal my proprietary info after they leave?”

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  • Ep 37: The Law Behind Donald Sterling’s Ban & Firing Annoying Employees

    May 06, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss the legalities behind the NBA banning Donald Sterling and answer the question, “One of my employees is very annoying. He does great work but I can tell he is not liked by most coworkers. I also know he will sue if I fire him. How can I handle this best?”

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  • Ep 36: How Workplace Relationships Affect Culture

    May 02, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss the story of a woman’s claim of sexual harassment at the software company Github.  They then answer the question, “Is it a good idea to get a patent before I start my company or wait down the road?”

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  • Ep 35: Roy Daya the Startup Guru

    April 30, 2014

    Nasir and Matt welcome business guru Roy Daya.  They talk about why a business might fail after an acquisition and answer the question, “I have put in many years to get my business profitable and just reached that goal this past year. We have a sound business model in place and secured investments so we […]

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  • Ep 34: Working at Walmart

    April 28, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss the Walmart that claimed its employees were home on Easter but were really working in the store.  They also answer the question, “I gave a small ownership interest to a friend. Now he refuses to do any voting in which a shareholder vote is required. I have the majority so do I need […]

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  • Ep 33: Working Remotely

    April 25, 2014

    Nasir and Matt talk about Amazon’s offer to employees to take cash to quit and answer a question on hiring employees to work remotely.

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  • Ep 32: Heartbleed

    April 23, 2014

    The guys discuss the effect of the Heartbleed virus on small businesses and then provide guidance on exempt employees.

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  • Ep 31: Hell’s Kitchen

    April 21, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss a lawsuit involving Gordon Ramsay and his business partner.  They then address the question of whether an attorney or a CPA should take priority.

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  • Ep 30: Culture is King

    April 18, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss UPS laying off 250 employees over the decision by one worker.  They also answer a question on the best techniques to keeping employees long-term. Update: Those 250 employees have been rehired.

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  • Ep 29: Working Overtime

    April 16, 2014

    Nasir and Matt address the problem surrounding employees not taking vacation.  The two also talk about overtime pay in the question of the day.

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  • Ep 28: Toothless Stock

    April 14, 2014

    Nasir and Matt talk about Google’s new class of stock that has no voting rights, as well as how to bring on investors without losing equity in the company.

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  • Ep 27: Ronald McDonald

    April 11, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss the commercials featuring Ronald McDonalds approving of Taco Bell’s breakfast.  They also attack the independent contractor misclassification issue from the employee perspective in the question of the day.

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  • Ep 26: Items of Flair

    April 09, 2014

    Nasir and Matt talk about the lawsuit over items of flair from Office Space and answer a question on options in purchasing a business.

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  • Ep 25: PiinPoint

    April 07, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss the potential benefit of PiinPoint, the digital location finder, will have on small businesses.  They also answer a question on whether you should make the first draft a contract.

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  • Ep 24: Candy Crushed

    March 31, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss the IRS deciding that Bitcoin is property and not currency, the recent ruling that college football players may unionize, a lawsuit filed over an asset purchase gone wrong, and why one early investor is not excited about the Candy Crush IPO.  They also answer questions about putting the “LLC” designation after […]

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  • Ep 23: Bracket Busters

    March 24, 2014

    Nasir and Matt start things off by discussing PayPal’s decision to stop freezing accounts for crowdfunding, as well as Starbucks licensing its mobile payment system, a company having to advance legal fees for a manager, and which NCAA tournament bracket contests are legal.  They also answer questions about what to discuss at board meetings, corporate […]

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  • Ep 22: Podcast Patents

    March 17, 2014

    In this week’s episode, Nasir and Matt welcome attorney Mark Wisnosky to discuss the ongoing legal battle involving patents on podcasts and legal crowdfunding.  They also talk about a class action lawsuit against McDonald’s, the proposed new rules for overtime pay, and Uber’s smart move to increase its insurance policies.  Nasir and Matt also answer […]

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  • Ep 21: Taking Selfies

    March 10, 2014

    This week’s episode examines who owns the selfie taken at the Oscars, why one food truck is facing criminal charges, how Getty Images is making some of its photos free, and a teen’s Facebook post that may cost her dad $80,000.  Nasir and Matt also field questions about who owns work created by an employer’s […]

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  • Ep 20: Best of the Podcast

    March 05, 2014

    This week’s episode features the best moments through the first 20 podcasts.  Topics include the popular sauce vs. crust debate, having your employees work on Thanksgiving, the interview with Jerry Sanders,  legalities of running a fake promotion, Texas A&M licensing the 12th man to Seattle, and the first and last employee vs. independent contractor discussion. […]

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  • Ep 19: Capital One, What’s in Your Home

    February 24, 2014

    Nasir and Matt start the show off discussing Facebook’s newest acquisition (WhatsApp), how Capital One’s credit card policy allows entry into consumer’s homes, the importance of new top level domains to small businesses, and how to not respond to a (fake) employee quitting.  They also answer questions concerning about hiring a minor, what expense you can […]

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  • Ep 18: Dumb Starbucks

    February 17, 2014

    In this week’s episode Nasir and Matt discuss the Dumb Starbucks store that surfaced in Los Angeles, an NFL player voiding his contract for more guaranteed money, and employees at Starbucks questioning a disabled veteran with a service dog.  They also welcome special guest Reggie Lal to discuss Ponzi schemes in real estate investing.  Nasir and Matt […]

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  • Ep 17: The 12th Man

    February 10, 2014

    Nasir and Matt kick off this week’s episode by discussing Microsoft partnering with Foursquare.  They also talk about Texas A&M licensing use of the “12th Man” to the Seattle Seahawks, the FTC going after a mega spammer, and the backlash by developers of’s “candy” trademark.  Nasir and Matt answer questions about legal concerns of running […]

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  • Ep 16: Another Show about Pizza?

    February 03, 2014

    In this week’s episode, Nasir and Matt discuss some of Obama’s planned executive actions for 2014, Ohio pizzerias breaking employment laws, the importance of forum selection causes in contracts, and the crazy story behind one man losing his Twitter handle.  They also answer questions about changing business agreements, being an at-will employee, and running multiple […]

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  • Ep. 15: Fresh Off the Press

    January 27, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss a new law mandating paid sick leave for employees in New York City, the Union-Tribune in San Diego losing a lawsuit for misclassifying independent contractors, small businesses finding another loophole in the Affordable Care Act, and one person’s opinion to never do online banking for your business.  They also answer questions […]

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  • Ep. 14: A Golden Ticket Promotion

    January 20, 2014

    Nasir and Matt start things off by discussing one company’s huge victory over Yelp, and then get into Staples’ motives for cutting the hours of part-time employees and the FTC cracking down on Sensa for weight loss claims.  The two give a call to former gym owner, Noah Mangus, to discuss cancellation policies for gyms and the […]

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  • Ep. 13: Seacrest Out, Blackberry In

    January 13, 2014

    Nasir and Matt discuss Blackberry’s lawsuit against Ryan Seacrest, the changes to the small business health care tax credit, when unpaid volunteers can be considered employees, and combating bad weather for a business.  The two also answer questions about being responsible for debt in dissolved companies, valuation ideas for startups, and a partner withholding access […]

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  • Ep. 12: Ringing in the New Year, in Texas?

    January 06, 2014

    Nasir and Matt kick off 2014 discussing the new changes to Obamacare, a bookkeeper stealing from the business she works for, the consequences of raising minimum wage, and the backlash surrounding Uber’s surge pricing.  They also answer questions about paying yourself in an LLC, copyright infringements in a t-shirt printing business, and working with international […]

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  • Ep. 11: That’s What She Said

    December 30, 2013

    In the final episode of 2013, Nasir and Matt discuss an age discrimination case involving the Maui police department, FICO opening up to small businesses, the lawsuit over a copyright on the Baltimore Ravens’ logo, and the merger of Elance and oDesk.  The two also answer questions concerning starting a business at the end of […]

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  • Ep. 10: Smart San Diego Business with the Mayor

    December 23, 2013

    For the 10th episode of the podcast, Nasir and Matt welcome Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and former mayor of San Diego.  The three of them discuss the jobs outlook in San Diego for 2014, the importance of retaining quality employees, and the value of craft breweries in […]

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  • Ep. 9: Phil Mickelson’s Home Office (he’s a golfer)

    December 16, 2013

    This week’s episode kicks off by discussing a photographer winning a lawsuit against Getty Images, businesses in Washington getting scammed over workplace posters, disability lawsuits targeting small businesses, Domino’s Pizza involved in a minimum wage dispute, and an animated reenactment of a recent Bob Filner suit.  Nasir and Matt also answer questions about someone stealing your business’ name, […]

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  • Ep. 8: Too Hot to Work & Too Cold to Shop

    December 09, 2013

    Nasir and Matt discuss Amazon’s refusal to sell a company’s products, one company’s lawsuit against a customer who wrote a negative review, Swarm Mobile’s attempt to track consumers inside stores, and the most recent lawsuit filed by the woman claiming to be too hot.  The two also answer questions about dissolving a company with debt, bringing […]

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  • Ep 7: Patent Trolls

    December 02, 2013

    In this week’s episode, Nasir and Matt debate how patent firms affect small businesses, discuss the importance of Small Business Saturday for local businesses, and analyze the lawsuits surrounding companies offering fake markdowns–anyone hear of false advertising?  The two also welcome guest Tyler Jensen of The Startup Garage, who offers his take on making financial […]

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  • Ep 6: Mining for Bitcoins

    November 25, 2013

    Tyler Sickmeyer of Fidelitas Development crashes the podcast, offering his perspective on stories about lawsuits surrounding the legitimacy of negative Yelp reviews, the crackdown on Airbnb and the sharing economy, the possibility of Facebook disappearing, and the legalities of fake online profiles.  Tyler also assists Nasir and Matt in answering questions about making employees work […]

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  • Ep. 5: Bean Counting with the IRS

    November 18, 2013

    This week Nasir and Matt discuss the legalities of Google’s virtual library, the lawsuit brought by Yelp reviewers, and watching porn in the workplace.  They also discuss the IRS shifting its audit focus with the help of Brad Gastineau of Gatto, Pope & Walwick, LLP.  Nasir and Matt also answer questions about employees making special […]

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  • Episode 4: Sauce vs. Crust

    November 11, 2013

    This week’s episode features stories about restaurant trade secrets, the falling out of a coffee shop partnership, and the assumption of risk involved in attending sporting events.  Nasir and Matt also answer questions about what a business should trademark, getting compensated for free services, and how to fire an employee.  Matt also recounts his experience […]

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  • Episode 3: Big Yellow Taxi

    November 04, 2013

    In their third episode, Nasir and Matt debate the significance of company culture, voice their opinions on legal directories, and discuss a newly formed taxi cab union.  They also answer questions about an employee taking his company’s domain name, whether it’s better to purchase or start a business, and the difference between employees and independent […]

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  • Episode 2: Chicago’s Deep Dish Pizza

    October 29, 2013

    Nasir and Matt discuss the questionable business decision that led to Deepak Chopra’s lawsuit, a new insight into Twitter’s valuation, the class action lawsuit of the week involving some big names participating in no-hire pacts, and new SEC proposals for crowdfunding.  Nasir and Matt also answer questions about ending a business partnership, the effect of non-competes, making […]

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  • Episode 1: Basement Slave Labor

    October 21, 2013

    In our first episode, we answer questions sent to Top Floor Legal regarding the legal needs of businesses.  We also cover the most recent Amazon lawsuit, the Legal Zoom v. Rocket Lawyer case, and the situation surrounding Arian Foster taking himself public.  We close by discussing a perplexing blog post on how to draft your own contract.

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  • Small Businesses Are Tasty Treats for Patent Trolls

    July 29, 2014

    Patent trolls hold patents, not to manufacture or design a product or process, but to profit through patent infringement claims. Patent litigation has exploded since 1995, doubling between 2004 and 2012, alone. Patent trolls bring a whopping 67 percent of those suits. In mid-May of this year, legislation that would have curtailed troll activity died […]

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  • Peer-to-Peer Business Lending

    July 24, 2014

    Many small businesses feel that access to credit is still tight. But even in the best of times, we now know that every entrepreneur needs a couple of financing choices under his or her belt. Peer-to-peer lending may be an option especially for small loans, an alternative to family and friends or the credit card. […]

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  • Disruptive Advertising Names Names

    July 22, 2014

    There is nothing actually wrong with naming the competition in advertising. Roughly speaking, the legal standard under the Federal Trade Commission Act is that true statements that can be substantiated, and are neither expressly nor implicitly deceptive, even through omission, are okay. However, it’s a very combative strategy, with risks and rewards from both a […]

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  • Student Loan Debt Hurts Small Business, Too

    July 17, 2014

    The numbers for student loan debt are truly staggering. Approximately 37 million Americans carry $1 trillion in educational debt according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The under 30 set is the most heavily burdened, but the 30 to 40 cohort is badly in the hole, as well. The average debt of a recent […]

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  • LLC Operating Agreements: Issues to Discuss with Your Members

    July 15, 2014

    Choosing to do business as a limited liability company, or LLC, may be the right move for many small businesses.  An operating agreement is essentially a contract among the members that sets out the purpose and guidelines for the enterprise.  Some states require a formal operating agreement; others do not, but it would be foolhardy […]

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  • For-Profit Religious Social Media Sites and Member Discrimination: Is it Legit?

    July 12, 2014

    Generally speaking, private businesses may refuse service if there is a legitimate business interest reason for such a refusal. One such example would be refusing service to an unruly customer who is threatening employees or acting violently towards other customers. A private business has a legitimate business interest in refusing service to violent customers who […]

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  • Employment Discrimination During Ramadan

    July 10, 2014

    Ramadan is an important religious holiday about which there may be more than the usual number of misconceptions. Nonetheless, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects the rights of employees to reasonable accommodation of religious practice in the workplace. Employers can do a lot to support an inclusive and tolerant corporate culture, […]

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  • Bad Review on Yelp? Sue Your Former Customer! — Well, Maybe.

    July 08, 2014

    Much has happened since last November when a home contractor filed a lawsuit for $750,000 against a former customer for defamation. If you read the headlines across the news agencies, you saw, “Contractor Files Lawsuit against Customer for Bad Review“. This is very misleading because it implies that the only reason the contractor filed suit […]

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  • Hobby Lobby

    July 03, 2014

    Wake a lawyer suddenly, and even startled out of a sleep, he or she will certainly be able to rattle off the reasons why a decision about corporate form is important. Among these are taxation, the potential for personal liability, ease of formation, duration and transferability of interest. This week, the Supreme Court added a […]

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  • Aereo and the Cost of Disruptive Innovation

    July 01, 2014

    On Saturday, June 28, 2014, Aereo suspended operations after the Supreme Court ruled that it had violated copyright law by capturing broadcast signals on tiny antennas and delivering them to subscribers for a fee. Most agree that it’s gone. The arguments on both sides were plenty strange from the beginning. Was Aereo like a cable […]

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