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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

If you’re an upcoming entrepreneur looking to start your business or maybe even patent idea in NYC, there is a chance that you’re going to want help from an upstanding business attorney to make sure everything is done well and right.

The good news for entrepreneurs in New York is that there are dozens of options to choose from when it comes to well-known and established attorneys.

That said, these options can also feel a little daunting since they can all blur together and it might be difficult to narrow them down.

To help you get started on your search, here are the top 17 best New York business attorneys that you should look into!

1. Fisher | Stone PC

With help regarding everything from incorporation to funding, Fisher & Stone P.C. is every entrepreneur’s best friend.

The legal team here understands that every startup venture has its own unique journey and set of needs, and they are experienced in being able to work with that to help you find everything you need to hit the ground running.

For someone who will help you with every step of the journey and at all stages of your growth, Fisher & Stone is an excellent option.

2. Romano Law

Romano Law prides themselves on being a great choice for innovative and creative people, so know that they absolutely have your best interest at heart!

The legal team consists of several talented attorneys from diverse backgrounds, giving you the insight and counsel that you need.

Since this firm is dedicated to helping you and your business every step of the way, they are a great choice to keep by your side. Whether you need help with something like startup law or you are looking to sell or purchase a business, they have you covered and are here to help!

3. Buchwald & Associates

Steven Buchwald is a startup lawyer who particularly specializes in businesses who are at the earlier stages in their development, making Buchwald & Associates a great choice if you are looking for guidance while starting out.

Since he is accustomed to people who are just starting to dip their toes in the water, he is open to all conversations and questions that you may have.

Someone with the attitude that no concern is too big or too small is important when you are trying to start really implementing your ideas, so Steven Buchwald is a great direction to consider!

4. Einbinder & Dunn LLP

For experienced business and franchise lawyers who have a diverse pool of clients nationwide, Einbinder & Dunn LLP is a great and reliable option.

This firm has a mission to combine high-quality practice with affordable rates, so if you are looking for good advice while also needing to stick to a budget, you have nothing to worry about here!

With experience in everything from commercial litigation to franchise legal services, Einbinder & Dunn has you covered and always strives to keep your best interest in mind.

5. Ray Beckerman PC

If you’re an entrepreneur looking to market yourself or start a small business, you’ll want someone who is used to working with the little guys. With Ray Beckerman, P.C., you’re in luck!

Ray Beckerman likes to put an emphasis on one-on-one communication to make sure you are getting the precise services and advice that you need. They call this mission “practicing law the old fashioned way,” even though they are also particularly well-versed in the internet, social media and other technological platforms.

Whether you are looking to protect your ideas or you simply need some guidance regarding the legal side of your startup, Ray Beckerman is here for you.

6. Malecki Law

While Malecki Law has a wide range of practice areas, they are also here to help you with the specific needs of your business.

The attorneys here have experience in helping clients both internationally and right here are home, so you can rest assured that they will have the knowledge and insight that you are looking for with your specific needs and concerns.

If you are looking for a place that will have your best interest in mind while also having a large range of general services, Malecki Law should be on your list.

7. Cohen Schneider Law, PC

The attorneys at Cohen Schneider Law have a passion for vision and innovation, so they love being a part of your business and your ideas.

This office has an experience with many different client types, including startups, schools, restaurants, non-profits, service providers and many more. If you are unsure whether they can help your venture, there is a chance that they already have plenty of advice for your specific situation through their extensive experience.

Sometimes it helps to have a law office that knows about many different fields, and at Cohen Schneider Law, they do just that.

8. Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP

Founded in the 90s, Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP is a mid-sized firm that has plenty of advice and attention to offer you.

Larger firms can often lack the personal touch and care of smaller or mid-sized firms, something that startups and entrepreneurs can specifically benefit from. Despite not being expansive, Ellenoff Grossman & Schole has a range of legal experience and expertise to help you every step of the way.

To make sure you and your business are always a priority, look into Ellenoff Grossman & Schole to see how they might be able to help.

9. Mackay, Caswell & Callahan PC

Tax can be a difficult area to understand for anyone, but especially for people just breaking into a business. Luckily, Mackay, Caswell & Callahan P.C. have you covered.

Though they can offer advice on various other areas of business, taxes would definitely be their specialty. No matter what your needs or concerns are, though, it’s important to have knowledgeable individuals help you with this area to make sure you aren’t slipping up or making mistakes that could wind up being quite costly.

To get an idea of where you stand in terms of tax knowledge, be sure to contact Mackay, Caswell & Callahan P.C.

10. Phillips & Associates PLLC

If you are looking for employment lawyers as a particularly stressful part of your business journey process, Phillips & Associates PLLC has you covered.

A lot of messy things can happen when leaving or entering a business, so it’s important to make sure you have all of your bases covered. To make sure you are being represented as fairly as possible, be sure to reach out.

Though it may not be as specifically related to your startup as other ventures, it’s always important to keep Phillips & Associates in your back pocket.

11. Kane Kessler

Another medium-sized option to go with is Kane Kessler, a firm that prides themselves on their ability to balance their vast resources and ability to provide specific attention and care.

This practice tries to put a particular emphasis on providing cohesive advice that any entrepreneur can understand and work with, taking the complications out of the legal side of your endeavors.

For a firm that loves to focus on teamwork and collaboration when finding your solutions, look into Kane Kessler as one of your options.

12. Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy LLP

Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy LLP (also known as CPS&S) handles legal matters in ten different fields but is most notable for their expertise in business law, providing legal counsel to business owners, shareholders and everybody in between.

While CPS&S only works out of four locations (Denver, Co; Hackensack, NJ; Great Neck, NY; and New York, NY), many of the attorneys at this firm have decades of experience in multiple areas of practice, making them a great fit for clients with higher budgets.

No matter where you are in your business building process, Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy can help.

13. The Medina Law Practice PLLC

While the Medina Law Practice PLLC services a relatively small array of practice areas, they make up for this limited versatility by providing seasoned expert counsel that prioritizes these focus areas.

Also, because of the smaller, more efficient size of this firm, clients can expect to enjoy a more personal approach to their litigation needs.

Mitchell M. Medina, the founder and head attorney of the firm, also happens to be bilingual in Spanish and English, making this firm a great option for clients who would be more comfortable conducting business in Spanish.

14. Law Offices of Craig Delsack LLC

The Law Offices of Craig Delsack LLC boasts a collection of five major practice categories, including entertainment law and internet law, all centered on their business focus. This firm also services quite an impressive array of high-corporate clients such as AMC, WE TV and Cisco.

While this firm showcases its big business clients on its homepage, that does not necessarily mean that small businesses will receive lesser treatment. This firm services businesses of all sizes, ranging from brand new start-ups to industry-dominating Fortune 50 giants.

Adding to this firm’s credibility is the fact that it’s founder and principal attorney, Craig Delsack, Esq., is himself an entrepreneur, giving him a level of empathy that allows him to see exactly where his clients are coming from.

15. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Servicing 44 practice areas in 12 industries and working out of 20 offices across five continents, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has perhaps the greatest versatility out of all of the other law offices on this list.

While smaller businesses might have to fear their cases being overshadowed by the countless larger businesses that Gibson Dunn services, bigger businesses might find Gibson Dunn to be one of the best options available, especially for international concerns.

With attorneys in every major continent, with the exception of Oceana, Gibson Dunn excels in resolving disputes for international clients.

16. Nadel & Ciarlo

Nadel & Ciarlo are a smaller business firm focused around the business law associated with real estate, leasing, and rentals. Their limited focus area means that every attorney servicing their clients’ cases will be specialized in the local laws surrounding the core issues in dispute.

This also means that the attorneys will have fewer cases sliding across their desks every day, making yours less likely to get lost in a pile of other cases. Instead, you’re more likely to see your case resolved in a quick, efficient, and intimate manner.

Of course, the smaller size of this firm also comes with its disadvantages, particularly if you’re looking for assistance in resolving an international business dispute or something on a similarly large geographical scale spanning multiple regions.

17. Law Offices of Jonathan L. Hood

Last but definitely not least, the Law Offices of Jonathan L. Hood is a particularly special option with expertise in corporate counsel for startups and small businesses.

The gifted attorneys Jonathan L. Hood, J.D. Houvener and Benton J. Levy each have a focus in their respective, critical areas (startup law, patent law and entertainment law respectively) giving you a guaranteed degree of expert advice.

This office delivers fast, high-quality work with things like contract reviews, trademark application, corporate formation, copyright application and so much more.

For a particularly attentive and knowledgeable experience, the Law Offices of Jonathan L. Hood is a perfect choice.

In Summary

Finding the right business attorney is an important step for any business, no matter the size or the mission.

If you’re in New York, you have some fantastic options, including:

  • Fisher Stone P.C.
  • Romano Law
  • Buchwald & Associates
  • Einbinder & Dunn LLP
  • Ray Beckerman P.C.
  • Malecki Law
  • Cohen Schneider Law, P.C.
  • Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP
  • Mackay, Caswell & Callahan P.C.
  • Phillips & Associates PLLC
  • Kane Kessler
  • Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy LLP
  • The Medina Law Practice PLLC
  • Law Offices of Craig Delsack LLC
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Nadel & Ciarlo
  • Law Offices of Jonathan L. Hood

While it may feel overwhelming that there are so many options, it’s important to recognize what you value in a law office while making your decision. For any additional advice, feel free to reach out! What are your legal business concerns?


About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at