If it’s a legal issue, and it’s happened to a startup, there’s a good chance we’ve been there to see it happen first hand.
I spent the first six years out of law school representing the wealthiest of the wealthy at a big law firm. It paid well, but I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my career.
After leaving the stable and cushy world of big law, I set my mind to starting a more nimble, accessible, and innovative legal practice focused on startups and businesses.
This was when I first felt what it was like to be an entrepreneur. Instead of drawing a regular paycheck from a steady job, I was left to fend for myself, with no paycheck amid a world of uncertainty. When I started, I had no clients — just an idea, a vision, and a passion to do something new. I volunteered at meetups and started my own meetup and wrote lots of blog posts and hoped that other similar-minded people would find me and see what I was trying to do.
And many companies have done just that.
We’ve assisted over 300 clients in all stages of growth. We’ve navigated clients through $10 million capital raises and acquisitions to big names in Silicon Valley. We’ve helped small businesses carve out a niche for themselves. We’re proud of the big deals and the small deals, and we try to provide the same energy and attention to each client, regardless of their size or their background.
We know when we see and talk to our clients that we’ve bent the world a small bit to make it more our own. And that’s what’s most satisfying of all.
I’ve been practicing law for nearly twelve years now (jeez, that makes me feel old), and I’ve never had more fun than I’m having now.
Before going to Duke Law in 2003, I was an English teacher in Barcelona, where I learned to speak Spanish and Catalan and get very excited about grown men playing soccer. Before that, I was a broke, struggling writer, having written for Rolling Stone online, the Chicago Sun-Times, the All-Music Guide, and Salon.com.
In my personal life, I’m a sub-3 marathoner and a sub-24 hour finisher at the Leadville 100-Mile Trail Run. I play guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. I sing enthusiastically if not spectacularly.
I’m married to the wonderful Monica Gutierrez. I have two dogs named Eli and Addison. They will lick your face if you aren’t careful.
After ten years living in Denver, I recently moved to Salida, Colorado, but I still come back to Denver and Boulder often to meet with clients and friends.
There are many aspects of my job I enjoy, but the best part is giving people options.
Because life is about taking risks. Whether you’re deciding if you should leave your stable job to start your own business, choosing who you’re going to marry, or thinking about chancing 10 miles over the speed limit to arrive 5 minutes earlier to your destination—it’s all about risks and options.
That’s a major part of our job: getting you up to speed on your options. We learn your unique past, present, and future. We then analyze and provide you the lay of the legal landscape—contoured by the law and our experience. With that comes, not only legal insight, but a view of the practical considerations involved. Because ultimately, the best option for you, your business, and your life is more than just a legal consideration.
And that’s a pretty amazing thing to be—someone who provides other people with options.
I’ve assisted clients from acquiring other businesses—from restaurants to tech firms—to selling their own; from forming new entities to converting or transferring current ones; from capital raises to resolving founder disputes and employee complaints.
And as a co-founder of my own small, retail company, I know what it’s like when it’s my bottom line—and we’ll be right there with you when it’s yours.
Prior to joining McCarthy Garber Law, I spent a good amount of time in the court rooms, representing clients at trial (primarily employment disputes and constitutional issues) and arguing appeals. I’ve represented appellate clients before the US Supreme Court, Washington State Supreme Court, and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Before that, I clerked for numerous judges, getting a behind-the-bench perspective, in both federal and state courts.
I’ve also taught business law, torts, and economics at the graduate and undergraduate levels (and was tapped to teach college economics in Shanghai). For my own schooling, I graduated magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law (JD); with merit from University College-London (LLM); and, summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with degrees in Economic (BS) and Philosophy (BA).
When not practicing law, I’m writing short stories and novels; reading better ones; creating game mechanics for a board game company; and, volunteering at Brink Literacy Project (operating Tethered by Letters and F(r)iction).
Contact Asa at Asa@McCarthyGarberLaw.com