Law Office of Paul H. Spitz – Blog


July 30th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_476" align="alignleft" width="150"] Why did I say that??[/caption] Famous last words. How many times has a company told you they would never sell your personal information, in order to get you to sign up, Read More

Is Your Contractor Really An Employee?

June 18th, 2015

If you weren’t distracted by Donald Trump throwing his comb-around into the presidential ring this week, you might have noticed that the California Labor Commission ruled that an Uber driver was an employee, rather than Read More

The Attributes of Successful Companies

May 28th, 2015

At a recent board meeting for a non-profit I am a director of, the executive director asked board members to identify the attributes of successful organizations. Lots of ideas went flying around, and several were Read More

Choose Your Investors Wisely

May 5th, 2015

A recent episode of Shark Tank demonstrates why startup founders have to be careful with who they choose to invest in their companies. I say “recent,” but I don’t watch the show every week, so Read More


April 30th, 2015

An increasing concern for employers is their employees’ use of social media. For some time now, employers have been devoting resources to monitoring their employees on social media. I’m not talking about someone taking a Read More

The Friends & Family Round

March 31st, 2015

Prior to doing a seed round or a full venture capital financing, startups frequently need to do a “friends and family” round of financing. This money is often essential to carry startups through to the Read More

VC Lawsuit Highlights Need for Discrimination Policies

March 6th, 2015

If you follow the worlds of startups and venture capital, you have probably heard of the sex discrimination lawsuit that Ellen Pao has filed against her former employer, the prestigious venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Read More

SAFE – A New Financing Tool for Startups

March 2nd, 2015

If you follow startups, you’ve probably heard of convertible notes and Series A financings, but the newest item is the SAFE – the Simple Agreement for Future Equity. SAFE is a seed-stage financing tool that Read More

Can A Letter of Intent Be Binding?

February 3rd, 2015

The answer is, sometimes. When companies are exploring a potential deal – whether it is an investment, a merger, or the sale of real estate or some other asset – they often put together a Read More

Online Privacy Rights for Minors

January 28th, 2015

In a previous post, I wrote about a new California law addressing online privacy rights of minors. That law (California Business & Professions Code Section 22580 to 22582), which took effect on January 1, 2015, Read More

New Limits On Online Advertising to Minors

January 9th, 2015

Website and mobile app operators everywhere need to be aware of a new California law dealing with online advertising to children that took effect on January 1, 2015. The law protects any minors under the Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 301 – The Uniform Rapid Suspension System

January 6th, 2015

This is the third entry in a series on how trademark owners can protect themselves from cybersquatters. The first post talked about the trademark clearing house, and the second post discussed the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Read More