The Team

Doug Bend, Small Business & Startup Attorney

Doug is the founder of Bend Law Group, PC, a law firm focused on advising smallSmall-Business-Attorney-Corporate-Lawyer-Startup-Law 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 PostThe Huffington PostFox BusinessMSN, Inc.VentureBeatAllBusinessBusiness 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 AttorneySmall-Business-Attorney-San Francisco

Tucker focuses his practice on helping small businesses and startups succeed.  Tucker frequently begins representation at the entity formation stage and provides legal services throughout the growth process. His practice includes strategic entity formation, forming U.S. entities for international clients, entity conversions, structuring ownership, contract drafting and negotiation, trademark registration, and corporate dissolution.

Tucker received a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a B.A. in Classics from Kenyon College.

Craig Ching, Of CounselSmall Business Attorney Corporate Lawyer

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.

Amanda Jamison, Executive AssistantSmall Business Lawyer San Francisco

Amanda grew up in Kentucky and received her Bachelor Of Arts from Morehead State University. She is the point person at the firm for interacting with clients and potential clients.

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.