About Paul H. Spitz

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Paul Spitz: A business lawyer that has been in your shoes.

Business owners need an attorney who understands their passions and can guide them through the complicated and sometimes bumpy road of owning a business. They need an attorney to help them at the starting block, along the course and at the finish line – guiding them as they build their dreams. Importantly, they need an attorney who can provide targeted business counsel geared toward helping them further their business goals.
Paul H. SpitzThis is where I come in. My name is Paul Spitz. I’m a Cincinnati native and business attorney who has crossed the United States from east coast to west coast, attending law school, practicing law, building businesses, managing businesses and then back to practicing law.

In December 2013, I moved from San Francisco back to my Cincinnati hometown and opened my solo practice. My firm is a boutique business and transactional law firm, focusing on entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses across the United States.

 

Building on my experiences as a business owner and managing businesses, I started my law firm with the mind-set of setting up a lean operation and providing a more client-centric legal practice. It is geared towards the particular needs of entrepreneurs and business owners, along every stage of the business’s development. We run a paperless office and take advantage of technology, including communication advances (such as Skype) and cloud computing to enhance workflow and reduce overhead.. By maximizing office efficiencies, we can offer lower fees to clients, while providing high quality legal services.

My story:

After graduating from Boston University School of Law, I stayed in Boston for several years, starting my career as a business lawyer at a mid-size law firm in the heart of Boston. With a strong desire to learn more about business, I took a sabbatical from practicing law to pursue an MBA, and graduated in 1995 from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

My ventures in the business world took me across the country as a brand manager for a coffee and tea company and then as an entrepreneur, setting up a franchised picture framing business in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Owning my own business was a great learning experience because it required me to be involved with every aspect of the business. One moment I’m the company bookkeeper, the next moment I’m the chief salesman, then I’m working in the back on a picture frame, then trying to figure out marketing for the next three months. If you are going to run a small business, you need to be willing to wear a lot of hats. It’s hard work, and not very glamorous, but it provides a great sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

In 2013, I left behind the beautiful scenery, redwood trees and wine country of San Francisco and returned home to friends and family in Cincinnati to start my solo practice. I feel privileged because I get to do what I love – practicing law and helping entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses achieve their business goals. From my office in Cincinnati, using technology and my business experiences, I assist business owners across the country.

Interesting stuff about me:

I have recently started collecting the photography of Hendrik Kerstens, who photographs his daughter in clever riffs on the old Dutch Master portraits, and Barbara Van Cleve, who specializes in the American West and ranch life.

I enjoy watching home improvement TV shows – I am actually quite hooked on these. My favorites are Fixer Upper and Rehab Addict.  On my bucket list is rehabbing a 100-year-old house.  I also do yoga, the really hot yoga – bikram yoga. Because the brutality of 90 minutes of yoga in a room heated to 105 degrees is just insane.

I am a big fan of University of Michigan football and basketball, but I don’t discriminate against Ohio State fans.

When I am finished reading a good book,I don’t bring it home and put it on the shelf. I give it to someone else to read or leave it on the seat of the bus or on the table in a coffee shop. I want someone else to enjoy it.

Not so interesting stuff about me:

Education:

  • University of Michigan, BA 1982
  • Boston University School of Law, JD 1986
  • Indiana University, MBA 1995

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Publications and Articles:

Lean Operation for a Client-Centric Practice, at the ABA’s Law Technology Today
Ready to Hire? 3 Things Your Startup Needs, at YFS Magazine
Ask a Business Lawyer: 5 Keys To Working With Investors, at YFS Magazine
When Should We Incorporate Our Startup? at YFS Magazine
Small Business Legal Tips on How to Split Founders’ Equity, at YFS Magazine