The Ins and Outs of ‘Outside GCs’

Private attorneys weigh in on being an on-demand do-it-all for startup clients

Just because most startups can’t afford their own general counsel doesn’t mean they couldn’t use one.

That idea is the rationale behind many private lawyers offering what they call “outside general counsel” services. Attorney bios and law firm “About” pages are increasingly donning the label of outside general counsel, especially in the capacity of serving small businesses and startup clients that have a variety of legal needs.

Entrepreneurs have myriad legal questions spanning from business formation to trademarks to employment, but to hire a dedicated practitioner for each area can get cumbersome and costly.

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