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Legal Breakfast: B Corp Basics

Join us for the first session in the popular Orr & Reno Legal Breakfast Series.

This month's topic is B Corp Basics - Using Business as a Force for Good. This presentation will cover what benefit corporations are, why your business might want to become one, what the legal requirements are to become one in the state of New Hampshire, and the process to become a certified B-Corp.

The presenter will be Andrew Grosvenor, attorney at law, specializing in technology and entreprenuership and co-creator of O2 for Entrepreneurs, which is the firm's practice group dedicated to delivering accessible, innovative legal services to business startups.

Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Please click to register.

When:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 8:00 AM thru 09:00 AM

Where:

Orr & Reno, PA
45 South Main Street, 4th floor
Concord, NH 03301

For More Info:

603.224.2508
cbaker@concordnhchamber.com

 

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Orr & Reno Revamps “O2 for Entrepreneurs” Website to Support New Hampshire Startups with Affordable Legal Services

Concord law firm Orr & Reno has revamped its “O2 for Entrepreneurs” website for added ease of use, efficiency, and functionality. The website supports the firm’s new O2 for Entrepreneurs specialty practice group, which offers value-priced, technology-based legal services for business startups in the region’s high-tech and other sectors. The updated site features new tools including the ability for new and existing clients to book appointments (both in person and via phone or Skype calls) directly through the site.

Founded in 2014 as the first specialty practice of its kind in New Hampshire, O2 for Entrepreneurs offers a range of bundled flat-free services including LLC formation, intellectual property protection, tax strategy, crowdfunding, and more. To learn more, visit www.o2legal.com.

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Orr and Reno attorneys offer new service for millennial entrepreneurs, complete with coffee-shop first date

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Orr and Reno attorneys offer new service for millennial entrepreneurs, complete with coffee-shop first date

Sarah Palermo for the Concord Monitor:

For a generation whose first exposure to young lawyers might have been Allie McBeal and her cavorting colleagues, two New Hampshire attorneys have a message: Lawyers can actually be useful – and their services don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Andrew Grosvenor and Rebecca Perkins are the 30-something-year-old lawyers behindO2, a new flat-fee legal service program aimed at entrepreneurs, specifically young ones.

To prove it, the two are holding free “office hours” monthly in Concord and Portsmouth, where entrepreneurs and people thinking about starting their own business can meet them, ask some general questions and find out what an attorney can do. The next Concord office hours will be Jan. 9 at True Brew Cafe at Gibson’s Bookstore, from 3 to 5 p.m.

No one visited during the first session, held earlier this month, but the pair was eager to chat about what they hoped the venture could create with time.

Many services are offered at a flat fee, not by billable hour, “shifting the risk onto us to do the job well and efficiently, not the client having the risk of us running the clock,” Grosvenor said.

O2 isn’t a discount on legal services, but the flat-fee rate allows business owners or startups to evaluate the investment feeling more fully informed, they said.

“For many startups, unpredictability of cost is a huge factor in not getting legal services,” Perkins said. “We know what that’s like, because this is kind of a little startup itself. We both have our day jobs, and then we’re trying to get this up and running, too.”

Both Grosvenor and Perkins are associate attorneys at Orr and Reno, and they said the new venture brings the heft of the big, established firm with a new generation’s attitude.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Orr & Reno Launches O2 for Entrepreneurs

         

Orr & Reno has launched an innovative new specialty legal practice known as “O2 for Entrepreneurs” (www.o2legal.com), providing flat fee, technology-based legal services for business startups in the region and beyond. The announcement was made today by Peter F. Burger, president of the firm.

“We’re excited about O2 for Entrepreneurs,” says Burger. “It’s designed to do just what its name suggests—help breathe oxygen and life into new business startups by giving them the legal services they need, making them more accessible, and taking billing surprises out of the equation. As far as we know, it’s the first service of its kind in the region.”

O2 for Entrepreneurs is the brainchild of Orr & Reno attorneys Rebecca Perkins and Andrew Grosvenor.

“We’re on the younger side,” says Perkins, “with our own entrepreneurial spirit, tech savvy, and forward-thinking interest in helping to rebuild New Hampshire’s tradition of innovation. Today, you can launch a business with little more than a laptop, and our state is in fact home to a growing community of entrepreneurs. But when things get real, startups need legal help just like big companies. That’s where we come in.”

The practice specializes in bundled services—many offered for a flat fee—of the kind that business startups often need, including guidance on company formation, contracts, intellectual property protection, basic tax strategy, licensing agreements, venture capital planning, and crowdfunding. 

“Our job is to help make things easier for any new business, whether it’s high-tech, retail, farming, or even a brewery,” says Grosvenor. “On top of our focused legal services and business-sense approach, we’re also current with technology—working with clients electronically (via email, chat, video-call, secure cloud services, and more), over the phone, and in-person. We get it done right, we get it done affordably, and we get it done fast.” He adds that the practice has launched a new website at www.o2legal.com.  

“Critically,” concludes Perkins, “Orr & Reno stands behind us. The firm has deep resources and an energetic, collaborative culture. We have the good fortune to be able to leverage this—whether our clients need unusually specialized counsel today or are simply aiming to grow rapidly tomorrow—to help ensure good outcomes for everyone we serve at O2 for Entrepreneurs.”

A native of Stratham, New Hampshire, Rebecca Perkins trained at Dartmouth and Cornell and practiced in New York City and Washington, D.C., before returning home. Rebecca was named to Super Lawyer’s New England Rising Stars list in 2013-2014. She advises on financing options and structures, with a focus on crowdfunding as a new tool for raising capital. She also serves as the chair of the board of Natik, a nonprofit humanitarian organization in Boston that she helped found, and in her free time works to help keep young professionals in New Hampshire through community and housing development in the Seacoast. She is also a published author and co-author of articles on the revitalization of New Hampshire downtowns and other topics. Before her life as lawyer, she served in the Peace Corps in West Africa as a volunteer in small business development. Today, Perkins lives in Portsmouth and enjoys running, cooking, gardening, and playing with the local rugby club. 

Andrew Grosvenor is a native of Rhode Island, a graduate of Trinity College and Vermont Law School, and has lived in Vermont and New Hampshire for the past 10 years. He provides counsel on all aspects of small business, with a focus in copyright, trademark, and intellectual property law. In addition, he recently served as a judicial extern with former Orr & Reno shareholder Justice James Bassett of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Earlier, he was a piano player in a touring rock band and is still passionate about music. He enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and running, and is also a home brewer.