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We help startups grow by implementing scalable solutions to irritating problems and generally helping keep sand out of the gears. Like a good in-house lawyer, we understand that legal risk pales in comparison to most other risks startups face. So we tailor our advice according to the totality of a business’s risks and priorities.

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Eco

By nearly all metrics, the environment is in worse shape today than it was over 40 years ago at the dawn of the environmental movement. Clearly something isn’t working. Emergent Law takes a different approach: one that involves granting legal rights to Nature so that the legal system works for the environment rather than against it. 

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Meaning

It’s easy to get lost in the gloss of marketing materials and the inevitable shallowness of the professional world. In reality, workplaces, campaigns, and movements are all driven by very human elements, both seen and unseen. We’re working to understand what it means to be human and how that influences all of our lives and work.

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Shout-outs from clients

  • "From incorporation as one of the first Delaware B-Corps, to helping us negotiate contracts with Fortune 500 enterprises, Emergent has been critical to our success."
    Gene Homicki, CEO, myTurn.comGene Homicki, CEO, myTurn.com
  • "We're building an out-of-the-box business with out-of-the-box problems. No law firm on the planet can help us move fast, control risks/costs, and hit our strategic targets like Emergent does."
    Ritika Puri, co-founder @storyhackersRitika Puri, co-founder @storyhackers
  • "Sean is a trusted advisor who brings a unique balance between business practicality and legal risk. He has great instincts about what's important -- and equally, what's not -- to building and scaling startups with new products, customers and distribution strategies."
    Abe Ankumah, Co-founder and CEO, NyansaAbe Ankumah, Co-founder and CEO, Nyansa

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  • Managing Equity Dilution from Convertible Notes
    Managing Equity Dilution from Convertible Notes

    Raising startup capital by issuing convertible notes to early investors is a great way to get money in the door quickly. The...

  • Leaving the Unicorn
    Leaving the Unicorn

    There’s a reason that people want to work for the proverbial Silicon Valley unicorn–and it’s not the shot at the equity prize....

  • What is this Rights of Nature thing, anyway?
    What is this Rights of Nature thing, anyway?

    It’s a fascinating, multi-faceted concept centered around the notion that the natural world should be afforded the same legal rights and protections...