Startups and Emerging Businesses

The Carney Startup Team effectively and efficiently helps our clients turn a great idea into a product or service, and bring it to market. Whether you are a first-time entrepreneur or a seasoned startup professional, we can help you navigate your company’s life cycle from inception to exit. Our services include:

  • Formation and structuring of new companies
  • Changes to existing companies to make them more attractive to potential investors
  • Tech licensing and commercial transactions
  • Employee and independent contractor agreements
  • Stock grants, stock options, and other forms of equity compensation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Tax planning
  • Compliance with federal and state securities laws
  • Cap table management
  • Corporate governance
  • Preparing for and managing the due diligence process
  • Debt and equity financings, including convertible promissory notes and stock offerings
  • Formation of investment funds and special purpose entities
  • Intellectual property selection, protection and enforcement
  • Acqui-hire transactions


Our team members have a diversity of experience, having worked at startups, VCs, public companies, large national law firms, and boutique startup law practices. As a result, we have a unique range of perspectives to resolve your current problems, anticipate future needs, and eliminate potential roadblocks before they arise. Our clients include companies within a wide range of industry sectors:

  • Software
  • Video games
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality
  • Internet of Things
  • Biotech
  • Medical device
  • HealthTech
  • FinTech
  • Mobile application development
  • Wearable technology
  • CleanTech
  • Food and beverage
  • Hospitality
  • Cannabis
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Social purpose companies


We also represent sources of capital, such as angel investors, VCs, and lenders. As a result, we understand the financing deal from both sides of the negotiating table.



Caroline Chen

Caroline Chen focuses on intellectual property law and corporate matters. She assists with a various range of trademark services, including trademark prosecution, renewal, protection, enforcement and docketing. She also works with clients and attorneys to form and maintain corporate entities, draft documents, assist with corporate transactions, process federal and state Form D filings, and more.  Previously, Caroline was as an associate in the transactional and commercial department of Formosa Transnational Attorneys at Law in Taipei, and gained experience while working with domestic and international clients. She is admitted to practice law in Taiwan. She is a native Mandarin speaker


LL.M., Law and Technology, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA, 2018

LL.M., Criminal Law, National Taiwan University College of Law, Taipei, Taiwan, 2016

LL.B., Bachelor of Laws, National Taiwan University College of Law, Taipei, Taiwan, 2012

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Aditi Ramachandran

Aditi works with the startup team with a focus on securities filings, entity formations, and general corporate matters.  She works with the clients to maintain their entities, update their annual filings, and keeps a check on their minute books.  Aditi also assists with trademark filings, docketing, and renewals.

Prior to joining Carney, Aditi worked with a law firm in New Jersey in its corporate and litigation departments.  She helped with drafting and vetting corporate documents, litigation research, and some commercial real estate matters.  Aditi has additional experience working as an in-house counsel with an IT services company in India, where she was responsible for handling MSAs, NDAs, and other corporate transactional documents for the company.  Languages include English, Hindi and French.


LL.M., International Business and Economic Laws (Distinction), Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 2014

B.A.L.L.B, Bachelor of Law, Christ College of Law, Bangalore, India, 2011

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Startups and Emerging Businesses


James T.

Business Counseling & General Corporate, 
Mergers & Acquisitions

Zachary K.

Business Counseling and General Corporate,
Mergers and Acquisitions
Intellectual Property Law
Ashley K. Long

Ashley K.

Business Counseling and General Corporate,
Intellectual Property Law,
Daniel I. Neuman

Daniel I.

Mergers and Acquisitions,
Business Counseling and General Corporate,
Startups, Intellectual Property Law

Haiyan Tao

Business Counseling & General Corporate, 
Mergers & Acquisitions
Susan S. Schalla

Susan S.

Business Counseling and General Corporate
Mergers & Acquisitions, StartupsState and
Federal Tax Law, Estate Planning and Probate

Bryant B.

General Corporate,
Securities Law, Startups
Mergers & Acquisitions
Joseph M. Wallin

Joseph M. Wallin

Business Counseling and General Corporate,
Mergers and Acquisitions,