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.