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John Espinosa

John Espinosa

Helping Entrepreneurs Do Business Right!
  • Business Law
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Summary

Have you spent time searching online trying to understand how the law applies to your business specifically, but never really getting a solid answer? We help entrepreneurs do business right with high-quality, customized legal advice online and over the phone.

Making sure you understand how the law affects your business comes first in all of our work. We break down difficult legal concepts and put them into a practical context. Understanding the legal aspects of your business now better equips you to make business decisions in the future.

We aren’t just lawyers, we are entrepreneurs and legal educators who will empower you more than any other lawyer you’ll find.

Education First!

Our education-based approach keeps both power and responsibility in YOUR control. You will always be an active participant in your own matters. You will always be treated like the entrepreneur that you are. We take an educational approach to help entrepreneurs like you better understand the legal aspects of your business of you before you make important decisions.

Flat Fees!

We use a fixed-fee flat rate model where you pay up front for the legal advice and services that you need now. There is never any retainer or hidden fees, because your detailed invoice describes the scope of the work you are paying for up front each time. We value you by giving you full attention for the scope of services outlined on your invoice.

Convenience!

For your convenience, all work is done exclusively over the phone and through our secure client portal, where we will share documents and communicate securely once you become a client. We bridge the practice of law with convenience, creating an innovative way to practice business law that puts entrepreneurs like you at the center!

Get our free resource, “Set Yourself Up for Success: 5 Common Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make and How You Can Avoid Them” at JohnEspinosaEsq.com/Free-Resource/

Practice Area
  • Business Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • LLC Formation
  • Contracts
Fees
  • Free Consultation
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
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Languages
  • Greek: Spoken
Professional Experience
Adjunct Faculty, Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Massachusetts Lowell
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Teach Restorative Justice and Mediation courses.
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies
Middlesex Community College
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• Taught courses to diverse students, including: Business Law, Introduction to Law, Real Estate Law, Paralegal Internship, Computer Applications, and Conflict Resolution Skills. • Advised students regarding college courses, transfer opportunities, and career options. • Represented the College in year-long Mill Cities Leadership Institute, a diverse cohort of socially responsible leaders and innovators in Lowell and Lawrence, class of 2014.
Adjunct Faculty, Paralegal Studies
North Shore Community College
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• Taught Computer Applications for Paralegals, placed students in paralegal internships.
Attorney, Children and Family Law Division
Committee for Public Counsel Services
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• Performed pre-trial investigation, client interviews, legal research and writing.
Paralegal
Attorney James M. Sears
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• Coordinated real estate closings, prepared income tax returns, managed bookkeeping. • Analyzed and drafted contracts, wrote legal memoranda, conducted legal research.
Education
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
M.A. (2012) | Peace & Conflict Studies: Conflict Resolution
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Internships: Lowell High School - Peer mediation program, Dec. 2011-Sept. 2012
Honors: Teaching Assistantship for three semesters
Activities: Developed new undergraduate course in Restorative Justice for the University
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University of Michigan Law School
J.D. (2009) | Law
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Internships: Wayne County Mediation - Mediation clinic intern, Fall 2009 ACLU of Massachusetts - School-to-prison pipeline, Summer 2009 Children's Law Center of Mass - Education law, Summer 2008 Family Law Project - Domestic violence/child custody, 2007-2008
Honors: Academic prize in Greek from Dept. of Classical Studies, 2009 Dean’s Public Service Fellow, 2009 Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Fellow, 2008 Sonnenschein Scholars Foundation Public Service Fellow, 2008 Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Fellow, 2008 Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellow, 2008 Student Funded Fellowships Fellow, 2008 Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, 2008
Activities: Public Service Chair, Latino Law Students Association, 2008-2009 Events Chair, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, 2008-2009 Moot Court competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law, 2008
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Suffolk University
B.S. (2006) | Paralegal Studies, minor in Philosophy
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Worked full-time as a paralegal while attending Suffolk University.
Honors: Featured in alumni magazine, March 2010 Highest Distinction (top two percent of class), January 2006 Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, January 2006 Phi Sigma Tau, Honor Society in Philosophy, January 2006 Named Outstanding Paralegal Student of the Year, 2006 Dean's High Honor List, Fall 2004-Spring 2005
Activities: Wrote independent study paper on business ethics,.
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North Shore Community College
A.S. (2004) | Paralegal Studies
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Internships: Essex South District Registry of Deeds - Clerk's Office, Summer 2003 Essex County Probate and Family Court - Clerk's Office, Spring 2003
Honors: Dean’s List, Fall 2002-Spring 2004 Honors Certificate for high academic achievement, January 2004
Activities: Worked full-time as a paralegal while attending North Shore Community College.
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Awards
Dean's Public Service Fellow
The University of Michigan Law School
ACLU of Massachusetts, School to Prison Pipeline Project
Legal Intern Fellow
Massachusetts Bar Foundation
Awarded for Education Law internship with the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts.
Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellow
The University of Michigan Law School
Professional Associations
Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
Member; Board of Directors
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Activities: Judiciary & Amicus Committee, Legislative & Regulatory Committee, Scholarship Committee, Communications Committee. John is also the Board's liaison with the Committee for Transgender Inclusion.
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American Bar Association
Member; Vice-Chair for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity committee in the section of Civil Rights and Social Justice
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Massachusetts Bar Association
Member
Current
Activities: Mock Trial volunteer judge.
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Andromahi's Journal - Translation and Transcription of Greek Poetry
University of Michigan, Department of Classical Studies, Modern Greek Program Website
Speaking Engagements
Using Smartphones in the College Classroom, American Association for Paralegal Education Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona
American Association for Paralegal Education
Certifications
Massachusetts Real Estate Broker
MA Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons
Legal Answers
105 Questions Answered

Q. If I have a Service Mark under an LLC can this be considered a "business name" to add to a business bank account?
A: It isn't one or the other, they have different purposes. The short answer is that you should probably do both in order to accomplish everything you describe, and likely other things too. Hire a business attorney to give you specific advise on all of this.
Q. Are online contracts enough legally to guarantee a business share ? .
A: No, not at all. Before you agree to anything, you need to hire a law firm that has experience working with non-citizens in your situation to properly advise you on both the legal and tax implications of what you propose.
Q. Hello, I am trying to come out with an eyeshadow palette that is themed stranger things. Can I get into trouble?
A: If you are marketing it as a stranger things theme then you can expect legal action for infringing on their rights. The right to use the name is covered by trademark law. Here is the trademark ownership info for stranger things: https://trademarks.justia.com/867/68/stranger-86768141.html Also, here is an article about another business that tried to use their name without permission: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/netflix-cease-and-desist-stranger-things/540579/
Q. Do I own the copyright on content I post on social media?
A: No. Read the terms and conditions of those social media sites.
Q. We are creating a line of makeup colors named after famous artists. Can we name the colors "Picasso" or "Van Gogh"?
A: This isn't copyright as copyright law does not protect the use of names. This is covered under the right of publicity and possibly trademark law as well, which means you would need permission of their estate to use their name in your product. Here is a resource that helps explain more about the right of publicity: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/copothr.html
Q. Hello, I would like to create a stranger things eyeshadow palette and wanted to know how to go about it?
A: Yes you can still get into trouble for it.
Q. What are the legal steps to start a brand for and copyright the creative works of an artist?
A: It sounds like you are currently operating as a sole proprietor, where there is no legal separation between you and your business. Your first step might be to form a separate legal entity, such as a single member LLC, with its own tax ID number and bank account for all of your business activities as an artist. Then copyright everything you can. You probably will not be able to get trademark protection for your own name though.
Q. My ex-husband and I purchased a home that I lived in 2 years after our divorce. Home was in his name only but it was
A: This is a question for your accountant.
Q. How does a subchapter S corporation differ from a standard S corporation (if at all)?
A: To become an S corporation requires specific action under particular circumstances in exchange for some possible tax benefits. Here are some helpful resources that explain more: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/s-corporations https://www.mass.gov/service-details/s-corporations
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