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Start-up Employment Contracts



Silicon Valley has been attracting top talent in the tech sector for decades and people can make fortunes overnight in the dominant industry in the area. While some people will certainly hit the proverbial jackpot and be able to pick and choose the next project they work on, many people who come to the area will continue to work for others in order to earn a living. That being said, the compensation that companies in the area provide can be substantial and many of them are known for providing a pleasant work environment with significant perks.


Many well-educated and highly intelligent individuals who can offer existing businesses and startups in the Valley substantial value and innovative talent lack the experience and legal training to be effective negotiators or the ability to place a monetary value on their services. Furthermore, many startups with billion-dollar ideas do not have the legal expertise to draft an employment contract that adequately protects their intellectual property and clearly lays out what types of compensation and equity partnership they are offering their potential employees. As a result, it is extremely important for both employers and potential employees in Silicon Valley to retain legal counsel and consult with an employment agreement attorney familiar with California law when negotiating a job offer or drafting and executing a contract.


Legal Issues in Employment Contracts


Contract law is a very specific and complicated area that requires years of training and experience to fully understand. A well-drafted contract will be valid, enforceable, and leave no ambiguity regarding the intent of the parties to the agreement. Additionally, an employment contract often contains clauses and terms unique to those related to an employer-employee relationship, so it is important for both employers and employees to retain an attorney familiar with drafting and negotiating these types of agreements. The Law Offices of Nate Kelly is equipped to provide representation and counsel in a variety of matters related to employment contracts, including the following:

·         Contract drafting

·         Salary negotiation

·         Non-disclosure agreements

·         Trade secrets

·         Vesting standards

·         IP transfer agreements

·         Stock options

·         Non-compete agreements

·         Non-circumvention agreements

·         Employee value


The particular matters at issue in your case will depend on your specific circumstances. To get personalized legal advice, contact our office today.


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Nate Kelly is a California attorney who has been helping businesses and individuals with a variety of legal matters since 2009. In addition to his private practice, he is also co-chair of USC Law Network, which all call upon the legal expertise and acumen of over 30 lawyers in a variety of fields. With offices in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Mr. Kelly is capable of providing quality legal counsel and representation across the state of California. To schedule an appointment with Mr. Kelly, please call our office today at 415-336-3001 (San Francisco) or 310-228-6215 (Los Angeles). Prospective clients can also send Mr. Kelly an email through our online contact form.