Skills Lawyers Need to Start at a Startup

Justin Petersen
The best startup lawyers are great issue resolvers, not just great issue spotters.

The best startup lawyers are great issue resolvers, not just great issue spotters.

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The energy inside a startup is often electrifying. Talented people are working together toward a common goal at a rapid pace. You can immediately see how the work that you do contributes to the company’s growth. With rapid growth often comes higher stakes. Startup executives make dozens of decisions every day, and a wrong decision can diminish the company’s growth or, in the extreme, put the company out of business. Given the rapid pace of decision-making, an in-house lawyer at a startup must become a trusted advisor to the company’s business teams to help those teams drive growth and avoid significant legal risks. If you are considering startup work as part of your career, these four skills will help you succeed.

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