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Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

Cases & Credits

Entrepreneurs with a New Invention

Law Firm
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Jae-Hyon Ahn
Mark Stirrat

Justice Center
Project Management Akira Arroyo

Ms. G. and Ms. P. came to NELP to start their business of selling chic yet comfortable and sturdy hands-free bags that allow dog owners to take their favorite pet along with them wherever they travel. Through NELP, they have been able to work toward not only incorporating their business but also patenting their designs.

The clients describe what happened next:

"Not long after our first meeting with Akira, we received a phone call from Rene Kathawala of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. He informed us that he had a patent lawyer who wanted to take our case. This phone call was a vital turning point in our business endeavor. Within minutes, our dream literally became a reality.

"About a week later, we were in touch with Mark Stirrat, our patent lawyer, discussing the details and steps necessary in securing the safety of our invention. It was incredible how quickly it all began. Additionally, Mark and Rene began to seek out a much needed incorporation lawyer on our behalf. A couple months later, we began our incorporation process with Jae-Hyon Ahn. Before we knew it, we had two pro bono lawyers working to help us start our business!

"Our experience with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has been incredible. We are two people with modest incomes and the patent and incorporation process would have been nearly impossible without Rene, Mark, and Jae's help. Everyone involved has been extremely supportive, reliable and accessible. Most importantly, despite our pro bono status, we have never been treated as though we were secondary to a paying client. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has breathed life into our company. Without their support, we would not be able to call ourselves entrepreneurs."