► Startup Law 

Axis provides extensive full-service representation of startups, early-stage companies, and VC-backed ventures.

Our focus is on pre-seed, seed-stage, and growth-oriented startups, small businesses, as well as investor-backed ventures in a wide variety of business law, transactional, and financing matters.

► Who We Represent

Axis represents a wide variety of startup, emerging, pre-seed, seed-stage, and venture-backed startups in numerous types of legal transactional matters and disputes.  Our clients hail from multiple industries and sectors:

  • Founders
  • Co-founders
  • Investors
  • Advisors
  • Investment groups
  •  Venture capitalists
  • Angel investors
  • Company management
  • Directors and Boards
  • Company officers

► Types of Startups We Represent

Having experience and industry knowledge of startups and emerging business is crucial for providing reliable legal advice. Our clients come from a range of genres spanning multiple fields and areas, including but not limited to the following:

  • Pre-seed stage
  • Seed-stage
  • Developmental startups
  • Emerging startups
  • Venture-backed startups
  • Mobile app startups
  • Consumer products products
  • Manufacturing startups
  • Fashion/apparel startups
  • Digital media startups
  • Green industries startups
  • Food/beverage startups
  • International startups
  • + numerous others

► Startup Practice Areas

Our startup practice areas range from providing business law and corporate advice/counsel to early-stage companies, as well as assisting with financing and securities, raising capital, and planning exits for startup founders.

Our Startups & Formations practice can assist businesses with a wide variety of common startup tasks:


Startup Formations and Governance

Axis represents new startup Corporations, S-Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, LPs, general partnerships, joint ventures, and other business entities with a variety of startup formation and governance matters.

We assist clients form new startups in California, Delaware, New York, Texas, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, and numerous other states. We assist clients maintain the corporate health of their businesses by adhering to the requirements and formalities necessary to remain in good standing with the appropriate governmental agencies.

  • Annual Reports
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Certificates of Incorporation
  • By-Laws
  • DBA (Sole Proprietorship)
  • Dissolutions
  • Employer/Employee
  • Federal EIN
  • Founders’ Agreement
  • Foreign Qualification
  • Franchise Board Information
  • Good Standing Certificates
  • Incorporator’s Statements & Resolutions
  • Licensing (City/County)
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Applications
  • Operating Agreements
  • Resolutions (General)
  • Sales Licenses
  • Statement of Information
  • Stock Certificates
  • Tax Informational Sheet
  • Tax Registrations
  • Zoning Applications


Startup Financings and Investments

We assist startup clients with a wide variety of financing and investment transactions, whether involving equity issuances, debt-based financings, new investments, acquisitions, incentive-based issuances, or others:

  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Assignments
  • Business Loan Agreements
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Collateral Assignments & Security Agreements
  • Convertible Notes
  • Deal Memos
  • Debt Financings
  • Equity Incentive Plans
  • Equity Financings
  • Investor Agreements
  • Lock Up Agreements
  • Mezzanine Loans
  • Memos of Understanding
  • Non-Profit Financings
  • Pledge Agreements
  • Promissory Notes
  • Restricted Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Revolving Notes
  • SAFEs
  • Section 83(b) Elections
  • Securities filings
  • Stock Issuance
  • Stock Incentive Plans
  • Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Term Sheets

Startup Intellectual Property & Licensing

Axis assists startups with a wide variety of intellectual property and licensing matters, ranging across copyright, trademark, trade secret, licensing, confidentiality, and related matters:

  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Copyrights
  • Copyright Assignments
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Content-Licensing Agreements
  • End-User Agreement
  • Endorsement Deals
  • Intellectual Property Assignment
  • Licensing Contracts
  • Merchandising
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Privacy Policies
  • Records Retention Policies
  • Software Licensing Agreements
  • Trademarks
  • Trademark Disputes
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Trademark Registrations
  • Web Hosting Agreements
  • Website Terms & Conditions

HR, Labor & Employment for Startups

Axis assists startups with numerous labor law, wage/hour, HR, and employee/employment legal matters, specifically including hiring/firing matters, employee and independent contractor agreements, and compliance with wage ordinances, and local rules established by Los Angeles and other California counties:

  • California Labor Law Compliance
  • California Wage & Hour Compliance
  • Consultant Agreements
  • Discipline Policies
  • Employment Agreements
  • Executive Employee Agreements
  • Employee Disputes
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Employee IP Assignment
  • Employee Stock Options
  • Employee Separate/Release Agreements
  • Employee Wage/Hour Informational Sheet
  • FMLA Leaves
  • HR Policies
  • Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Non-Compete / Non-Solicit Agreements
  • Risk Management
  • Sales Rep Agreements
  • Terms of Use Policies

Startup Contracts and Transactions

Axis assists startup clients with a wide variety of business agreements and transactions with business partners, including but not limited to the following:

  • Advertising agreements
  • Agent Agreements
  • App development Agreemeents
  • Consulting agreements
  • Contractor agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Marketing Agreements
  • OEM Agreements
  • Manufacturing Agreements
  • Professional Services Agreements
  • Production Agreements
  • Purchase Order Agreements
  • Supply Agreements
  • U.S. Distribution Agreements
  • Website development Agreements
  • Numerous others


Real Estate

Axis assists startup clients with real estate matters, including commercial leases, subleasing, landlord relations, property/casualty claims, and similar matters.

  • Commercial leasing
  • NNN Leases
  • Commercial subleases
  • Landlord relations
  • Landlord-commercial tenant matters
  • Commercial lease litigation
  • Property/casualty claims
  • Environmental liability
  • Security liability


Mergers, Acquisitions, and Exits

Axis assists startup clients with exit strategies, including mergers & acquisitions, business sales, asset purchases,

  • Startup exits
  • Founder exits
  • Founder compenesation packages
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Business sales
  • Business transitions
  • Business exit strategies
  • Buy-outs and restructurings
  • Startup reorganizations
  • Startup acquisitions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Investment banking legal services
  • Term sheets
  • Due diligence investigations and reviews

Read our Startup FAQs

Our FAQs answer the most common issues
faced by California startups.

We have an extensive FAQ Library that covers the most common questions we get from startups , as well as FAQs on recent changes in California law affecting startups throughout California.

Visit our Entire FAQ Library

Our Recent Projects

Have we counseled startups like yours?
All the time.

We have represented a variety of startup clients in numerous industries across multiple disciplines and practice matters. Here are some of the highlights.


► Our Latest Charitable Giving Projects

Did you know that our clients’ legal dollars are hard at work giving back to the community? Axis is a significant donor and supporter of a multitude of charitable giving projects in the Los Angeles, California community as well as nationwide, donating a portion of legal fees to a variety of underserved needs and causes. Check out at our latest charitable giving projects below, and know that in supporting Axis, you are helping us improve hundreds of lives.