Startup.law provides responsive legal services to startups and investors across all phases of maturity – from formation to exit – and focuses on building the foundations and structures needed to launch profitable ventures and accelerate enterprise growth. As entrepreneurs and investors ourselves, we are uniquely positioned to help navigate the confluence of technology and opportunity in today’s innovation ecosystem. Startup.law is a service of Masur Griffitts Avidor LLP.
Our repertoire contains a full range of legal services for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investment funds, including:
corporate formation & governance
partnership & LLC agreements
SAFE notes and convertible notes
priced equity financings
mergers & acquisitions
employment & separation agreements
capitalization strategy & management
commercial contracts and joint ventures
real estate private equity
executive compensation and option plans
Startup.law uses a flexible pricing structure that is better suited to startups and VC legal work. As an alternative to traditional hourly billing, we offer flat fees and monthly subscriptions. Whatever the format, our top priority is to provide an honest exchange of value for clients.
Steven Masur has over 25 years of experience advising early, growth and enterprise stage companies in emerging industries. Steve brings a unique mix of legal, business, and strategic experience to bear on client matters and is passionate about helping committed teams execute upon a path to success in new markets. Steve has been an early innovator in internet, software, entertainment, games, and mobile technologies, and has most recently focused on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and cannabis.
Steve’s practice disciplines include corporate and commercial deals, intellectual property, local and international regulatory issues, and strategic guidance. Steve has extensive experience in venture capital finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic and cross-border transactions. He has counseled enterprise level clients including Shazam, Virgin Mobile, Liberty Media, Yamaha, Diageo, Nielsen Buzzmetrics, Warner Music Group, Bob Vila and Conde Nast Publications. He has also helped emerging businesses in a wide variety of sectors, and is especially knowledgeable in media, entertainment, advertising, consumer products, food and beverages, and technology including mobile, games, digital music, social media, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain, cryptocurrency and cannabis regulation.
Steve has been recognized as a “Rising Star” and a “Super Lawyer” and serves on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards and industry associations. He regularly lectures and writes about major issues in technology, venture capital, emerging industries, blockchain, cryptocurrency and cannabis regulation.
Robert has 20 years’ experience representing clients at all stages of their life cycle, from incorporation to exit, with an emphasis on working with entrepreneurs and rapid-growth companies. His practice focuses on critical corporate transactions for emerging technology companies, including seed, angel and VC financings, and mergers and acquisitions. He advises blockchain and cryptocurrency businesses on complex regulatory matters, with an emphasis on structuring compliant token offerings (ICOs). Robert also advises clients on corporate governance matters, commercial and licensing transactions and complex, strategic relationships. Robert’s clients span a wide range of sectors, including technology and media companies, advertising and consumer product companies.
Jon has worked with innovators and investors from Silicon Valley to New York and Tel Aviv since 2005. He was the founder of Avidor Law PC and the legal blog Startup.Law, which both merged into Masur Griffitts LLP in 2019 to form MGA. Prior to founding Avidor Law, Jon practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell (NYC) and Goodwin Procter (Silicon Valley), focusing on venture capital, private equity, real estate and M&A for a wide variety of clients ranging from banks such as Goldman Sachs and Barclays to venture capital leaders such as Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Jon also notably represented Lynda.com in its sale to LinkedIn, Modest.com in its sale to PayPal and Replay Technologies in its sale to Intel.
Jon holds a JD-MBA from Northwestern, where he graduated cum laude and was a merit scholar. He is a published author and is regularly invited to present at the Forum for Economists International on the topic of innovation. Jon consulted companies such as Google and Jamba as an associate of Market Street Partners and advised high net worth clients as an associate of Fisher Investments. Jon is licensed to practice law in New York and California and a member of the American Bar Association. He is Co-Founder of The Urban Resource Project, a non-profit organization alleviating poverty through technology, and a Manhattan restaurateur. Jon has been a licensed pilot since 2007 and once completed an emergency landing at JFK airport in New York.