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  1. Scott Weiner

    Scott Weiner

    Attorney, Startup Expert, Writer, Entrepreneur

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago

    I am a seasoned, experienced leader with over 15 years of demonstrated success as a CEO, Financial Trader, Chief Legal Officer, Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, Foreclosure Mediator, Commercial Arbitrator and Attorney representing both individuals and major corporations. As a critical thinker with notable analytical and decision-making skills, I am well-versed in resolving complex legal cases and combining business planning, analysis, and team leadership experience to effectively manage business operations. I am also highly skilled in interpreting policies, procedures, concepts, practices, and their linkage to legal strategy. I am currently seeking a challenging new position offering the opportunity to impart my advanced knowledge and experience. I am recognized as a natural and articulate communicator with exceptional interpersonal communication, presentation, negotiation, and relationship-building skills. I am talented in fostering high-performing, motivated, and focused teams through training, advisement, mentoring, and professional development. I continually focus on assessing performance, identifying improvement areas, and implementing action plans. It is my driven work ethic and developed skills that has enabled me to achieve outstanding results throughout my career. Furthermore, my accomplishments have allowed me to earn the respect and admiration of my superiors, colleagues, and partners.

    $40.00 /hr
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  2. Ebru B.

    Ebru B.

    Personal Manager and Legal Assistant

    Germany - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 8

    Since 2011 I offer cross-border support. I provide advisory and assistance for small and medium-sized enterprises & start-ups. Feel free get in contact with me. In detail - Virtual assistant. - Write down of agreements. - Management of legal forms. - Legal drafting. - Contract management, drafting and review. - International business law, employment law and contract law issues. - Development of negotiation strategies. - Clarification of orders. - Legal research and writing. - Research, make enquiries. - Employment - disclosing information to an employee or contractor. - Purchase/Sale - disclosing information as part of a potential sale. - Invention - disclosing information about an invention. - Bylaws for non-profit organization (NGO). - Contract negotiations. -Translation german to english, english to german. - You can also book leadership training sessions and management training sessions. - Other. I have studied law, and business law. I have worked with American and German entrepreneurs. Especially I'm familiar with U.S. contract law, business law as well as german law. Best, Ebru B.

    $50.00 /hr
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  3. Jason Zhou

    Jason Zhou

    Corporate and IP Attorney

    China - Last active: 2 months ago - Tests: 1

    Let my 3+ years of experience as an associate help you present your business in the best light. My background knowledge is diverse to include legal, computer science and finance. If you need professional advice on market entry and legal issues in China, let me help! All work is strictly confidential.

    $250.00 /hr
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  4. Marius Iliescu

    Marius Iliescu

    Qualified Lawyer

    Romania - Last active: 07/03/2014 - Tests: 2

    I am a qualified lawyer who studied at the best law university in Romania. I am currently working in a top local law firm, focusing on litigation and arbitration matters while also doing consultancy work. My area of expertise covers a wide range of legal matters related to Romanian law and coupled with foreign (especially anglo-saxon) legal practices. I have been involved in various real estate matters (leases, acquisitions, due diligence), issues related to all aspects of contract law and subsequent negotiations as well as matters related to corporate law and regulatory approvals (i.e. incorporating a new company). I have excellent legal English skills and can deliver high quality work. My previous job was in a multinational law firm with 42 offices around the world, so I am used to working with foreign clients and meeting their expectations. I am looking for interesting legal projects which can complement my legal skills and help me focus on my areas of interest.

    $38.89 /hr
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  5. Thomas E.

    Thomas E.

    Business Attorney - Outside General Counsel

    United States - Last active: 11/21/2014 - Tests: 2

    Thomas is a US-based, business attorney licensed to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey. As a lawyer, business owner and entrepreneur, Thomas understands the needs of business. Each new matter is approached from two vantage points; paramount effort is given to protecting the client's legal interests yet a thorough understanding of the client's business needs is achieved so the best possible result is obtained given the attendant circumstances. Whether your company is generations old or just getting ready for take-off, Thomas stands ready to provide cost-effective help. Over the course of the past 18+ years, Thomas has represented clients in complex transactional matters involving asset sales, business start-ups, contract preparation, corporate governance and employment-related issues. Thomas' practice also includes the representation of sophisticated financial institutions engaged in the assignment of syndicated loans, bankruptcy trade claims and high yield assets. Thomas' experience drafting agreements includes, but is not limited to, the following: Finance *Purchase and Sale Agreements *Assignment and Acceptance Agreements *Bilateral/Multilateral Netting Agreements *Participation Agreements *Risk Participation Agreements *Stock Purchase Agreements *Note Purchase Agreements *LLC Unit Purchase Agreements Business *Shareholder Agreements *Articles of Incorporation *Operating Agreements *Independent Contractor Agreements *Employment Agreements *Non-Disclosure Agreements *Non-Compete Agreements *Non-Solicitation Agreements *Privacy Policies *Privacy Notices (general, HIPAA-compliant or otherwise) *Terms of Service *Vendor Agreements As a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Thomas also devotes a significant amount of time to staying abreast of issues related to the handling of personal information. In today's fast-paced economy many, if not most, businesses transmit information electronically in order to facilitate transactions and better serve customers. The integration of business and technology provides tremendous advantages but also raises novel and complex legal issues. Here too, Thomas can help. On the litigation side of the coin, Thomas has experience representing clients in matters involving aviation torts, construction defects, intellectual property and sexual harassment. Thomas' varied transactional and litigation experience leave him well-suited to act as outside general counsel. In today's business climate it is not enough to have an attorney available to address current issues. Businesses need an attorney that can help them avoid problems as they grow. Thomas can act as your company's legal team, advise on day-to-day corporate matters, prepare policies and agreements and oversee outside counsel. Thomas understands that managing costs are vital to the success of any company and is ready and willing to tailor fees to accommodate your business. Let's talk!

    $150.00 /hr
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  6. Margaret Harrington

    Margaret Harrington

    Civil Litigation and Real Estate Attorney

    United States - Last active: 09/12/2014 - Tests: 2

    With over 20 years experience as a trial lawyer in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as my LLM in Trial Advocacy from Temple University School of Law, I recently opened my own law office in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. As the owner, I have a wonderful space to work for various clients in all areas of civil litigation, plaintiff and defense, as well as real estate and property issues . I recently completed 60 hours of Real Estate Courses in Pennsylvania to be sure I was updated. As an attorney, I can offer services in the areas of document drafting, editing and review, plus document analysis and summaries. I can also attend depositions, hearings, arbitrations, mediations, motions, bench and jury trials, as well as real estate inspections and closings. In addition, I am licensed as a notary public in Pennsylvania and share space with a Title Company, which supports the efficient and professional completion of Real Estate and Property work. My experience offers quality and professional work with an equal balance of plaintiff, defense and transactional work. I look forward to being able to work with diverse companies and individuals as my practice continues to grow.

    $135.00 /hr
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  7. Iriani Z.

    Iriani Z.

    CSR Adviser, Writer, Social Impact and Legal Researcher

    Malaysia - Last active: 01/08/2014 - Tests: 2

    Having recently completed my Masters degree, I have been keen on looking for different opportunities. I would love to work with an organization that I can grow with, learn from and in turn, contribute to. As an experienced program manager for corporate responsibility and community development, I also enjoy research and feel that my real calling is in writing - I was potentially a writer in a past life. :) With a gift for the gab and a love of talking in general, I have also been a trainer and am reasonably adept at developing training programs and helping with public speaking and presentations. So if there are any like minded folks out there who would like to work with a cheerful and energetic individual (i.e. moi), we could have a chat and explore the possibilities.

    $33.33 /hr
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  8. Bernardo Grossi

    Bernardo Grossi


    Brazil - Last active: 02/19/2014

    Attorney at Law and Law Professor in Brazil. Focused in Telecommunications, Intellectual Property and Corporate Law. Author of a book about copyright law and computer programs. I graduated in Law in '04 at PUC (elected 5 times as the best private university in Brazil) and joined a postgraduate "lato sensu" course in Civil Litigation in the same year. Since then, I attended courses at Harvard Law School and the World Intellectual Property Organization mostly focused in Internet Law and Intellectual Property. Recently, I've been admitted in the Masters Degree at PUC in Private Law, which I shall finish at the end of '14. I'm writing a paper suggesting a radical shift in the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice jurisprudence regarding copyright law, liability and computer programs whose rights belongs to foreigners. Founded my firm in '08 (Grossi Paiva Sociedade de Advogados), dedicated to advise companies in markets such as media, telecommunications, insurance, franchise, construction and real estate. Prior to that, I worked as a trainee, lawyer and senior lawyer at big-law firms. As part of my pro bono activities, I've been appointed as Auditor of the Sports Court since '09 with responsibility for the prosecution of disciplinary infractions committed by soccer players. Also, a founding member of Instituto Libertà, a nonprofit civil association that aims to foster initiatives to minimize the effects of social inequality and elected as the President of it's Board (2011-2013 and 2013-2015) and member of the audit committee of Casa Girassol Fraternidade Espírita Cristã. Elected to the Board of the Brazilian Association of IT and Communications (2012-2014) and Counselor of the Brazilian Association of IT Law (2010-2013 - resigned in mid-2013 due to conflict of interests).

    $111.11 /hr
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  9. Wes N.

    Wes N.

    Policy Analyst, Management Consultant, and Expert Researcher

    United States - Last active: 3 months ago - Tests: 2

    CORE COMPETENCIES • Highly skilled in policy analysis, drafting articles and memoranda, and open source research; • Considered a “rock star researcher” by former clients; EXPERIENCE • Over 9 years as a researcher, strategic planner, and marketing and management consultant for a small, privately held accounting firm; • 2 years in the public sector as an analyst and researcher for the White House, the U.S. Department of State (Headquarters), the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and the U.S. Navy; • 3 years as an international legal and business English instructor, and as financial English textbook co-author; • 2 years as a teaching and research assistant for two graduate-level policy courses (macroeconomics, and trade/globalization/business); SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTISE: • Functional areas: foreign affairs; macroeconomic analysis; microeconomic analysis; trade; foreign direct investment; security; financial management; performance management; political affairs; public policy; business; small and medium enterprises; privatization; infrastructure; aviation; travel; hospitality; athletics; et al; • Regional areas: Russia; Europe; Eurasia; South and Central Asia; Middle East; North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; China; South America; and North America.

    $44.44 /hr
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  10. Eric Samuel Mancías González

    Eric Samuel Mancías González

    Mexican Attorney and Translator.

    United States - Last active: 02/19/2014 - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    Licensed Mexican Attorney, based in USA and Mexico, with more than ten years of experience in Mexican courts and with Mexican government agencies. My goal is to provide legal counsel, advice and analysis in Mexican Law to foreigners and Mexicans living abroad, that want to carry out any legal or business procedure in Mexico. My extensive contacts in Mexico, both in the Public and Private sector, would be highly beneficial to you. My resourcefulness will show immensely favorable to any legal or business successful outcome. I also provide Translation services from English to Spanish and vice versa; and can function as Sales or Buyer agent in Mexico and Latin America markets for your products or services. Legal Counseling in Mexican Law in the following areas: Civil Law: Contract drafting and analysis. Litigation. Business Law: Business Incorporation. Real Estate Law: Buying land, Real Estate Litigation, Title search of Mexican land. Notarial Law: The Law that regulates the acts of a Notario Publico en Mexico. In Mexico, the incorporation of every company, the buying and selling of all types of real estate, the establishment of deeds and wills, the creation of mortgages, among other transactions, must be recorded by a Notario Publico. Foreign Investment Law: Regulations for investing in Mexico. Patent Law: Trademark and Patent registration before the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property. Customs Law: Import/Exports of goods to and from Mexico. Immigration Law: Applications for Mexican visas (Non Immigrant, Immigrant) Family Law: Divorces, Adoptions Probate Law: Wills, Litigation Obtaining evidence in Mexico. Enforcing Judgments in Mexico. Identifying potential clients for your business in Mexico and Latin America. Translation English to Spanish and Spanish to English. Portuguese spoken.

    $33.33 /hr
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