The Top 7 Reasons to Hire Your First In-house Attorney

The Top 7 Reasons to Hire Your First In-house Attorney

When and why should an emerging company bring an attorney in-house?


  1. Employment and HR issues—hiring, firing, and compensating executives, employees, and independent contractors; creating an up-to-date employee handbook; and providing mandated trainings
  2. Compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations impacting your business
  3. Financing and other growth/exit strategies
  4. Contracts and agreements—including real estate deals and leases, vendor agreements, online sales, advertising, and strategic partnerships
  5. Intellectual property rights and protections—licensing, copyright, trademarks, patents, and other proprietary information
  6. Cybersecurity/data protection—maintaining user privacy and responding to government requests for user data
  7. Tax—planning, filings, and tax implications of corporate strategies and transactions


The legal search consultants at SeltzerFontaine can help you determine if it makes sense to bring legal capability in-house to handle the myriad issues that a growing company faces. And we can find the best lawyer to help you take your company to the next level.

We understand that the right in-house lawyer is an important member of the entrepreneurial team, not only minimizing risks but also accelerating growth by providing guidance and momentum.  Having a smart lawyer on your team, who really understands your business, saves you time and money by providing a more predictable legal budget and identifying and addressing day-to-day legal issues before they become expensive problems.

We know lawyers, so you don’t have to.

Although we work with public companies, many of our corporate clients are privately owned at various stages of growth.   We know the in-house and law firm landscapes extremely well so we can quickly and efficiently identify attorneys with the expertise and mind-set that fit your needs and culture.

Please contact us to discuss how we can assist you with this very important step in your company’s growth.

We look forward to working with you.

Valerie Fontaine
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