Doug Bend, Small Business & Startup Attorney
Doug is the founder of Bend Law Group, PC, a law firm focused on advising small businesses and startups. He is passionate about providing exceptional legal service to entrepreneurs so they can focus on successfully running their businesses.
Doug is also the General Counsel for Modify Industries, Inc. and tIFc LLC. In addition, Doug is a Legal Mentor for The Hub Ventures Program, a startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building a better world, and for the Young Entrepreneur Council, a non-profit dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs start successful businesses and a Business Advisor for Pacific Community Ventures, which provides capital and other direct support to small businesses to create jobs in low income communities. Doug is also a member of The Corporations Law Committee and the Business Law Section of The State Bar of California and is a Legal Advisor for Deal Flow SF, an outsourced startup accelerator.
Doug has been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Fox Business, MSN, Inc., VentureBeat, AllBusiness, Business Insider, Aol and American Express Open Forum and was selected selected to the “2013 Northern California Rising Stars” list for having demonstrated excellence in the practice of law.
Prior to opening Bend Law Group, PC, Doug was a corporate attorney for a law firm in New York City. He also served as a Judicial Clerk for the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Superior Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Before law school, Doug was a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representative David Price, where he managed a portfolio of issues including tax and small business.
Raised in Omaha, Doug is a graduate of Drake University where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. After completing his undergraduate studies, Doug went on to receive his master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He later received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Doug is admitted to practice law in California, New York, Nebraska, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tucker Cottingham, Small Business & Startup Attorney
Tucker is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he served on the Executive Board of the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Kenyon College. Tucker advises small businesses and startups on a range of issues, including entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation, trademark registration, and corporate dissolution.
Craig Ching, Of Counsel
Craig received his law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2005, where
he was a member of the Law Review. He received his Bachelor Of Arts from the University of California, Davis. He is admitted to practice law in California and specializes in entity formation, business litigation and counseling non-profit corporations.
Amy Solaro, Of Counsel
Amy received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and her Bachelor Of Arts in Modern Languages from Loyola Marymount University. She specializes in litigation, negotiation, legal research, analysis and writing. She is admitted to practice law in California, is a member of the Barrister’s Club and the Animal Legal Defense Fund and is proficient in Spanish.
Ronak Patel, Research Assistant
Ronak received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Washington. He has been involved with the South Asian Bar Association in both Boston and San Francisco.