Peter Kelmen Esq. l equity distribution, employment matters, debt and venture capital financings, non-disclosure agreements, and trademark prosecutions
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Attorney Kelmen's Background

I am an attorney with more than 30 years experience working with companies and individuals. My primary focus is advising clients in the high-technology sector. I provide counsel to numerous companies, spanning the life-cycle of a business from corporate formation to termination strategies. (Clients) I specialize in issues that concern electronic commerce, Internet operations, and the licensing of intellectual property. In addition, I advise companies on the day-to-day matters that all businesses face: matters of equity distribution, employment matters, debt and venture capital financings, non-disclosure agreements, and trademark prosecutions, to name a few. (Practice Areas and Transactions)

Before entering private practice, I was General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer to Symmetrix, Inc., a technology and management consulting firm of over 100 professionals. Prior to practicing as a lawyer, I was a computer programmer and consultant and ran my own software consulting business.

Education: Yale University, B.A. 1975 Boston University, J.D. 1983
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Attorney Kelmen's Philosophy

As an attorney with substantial industry experience, I provide a full range of services to address clients' business needs. Responsiveness and reasonable fees are the cornerstones of my practice. It is clear to me that any entrepreneur has a choice where to spend his/her company's money. Legal fees should not consume the lion's share of a company's cash. Unlike many attorneys who have not worked in-house directly for a company, I understand the legal needs of a client from an inside and an outside perspective. I succeed if you succeed. You succeed by developing your products and services, not by excessive spending on legal services.

As a sole practitioner, occasionally my clients' needs may extend beyond my areas of expertise. In such situations, I draw upon a wide network of colleagues with specific areas of expertise. Unlike a lawyer practicing in a firm, I am not restricted to making a referral within my firm. I have the liberty of recommending the most appropriate attorney, or providing a choice of attorneys, unencumbered by partnership restrictions.

Attorney Kelmen's Publications

I write on a wide variety of topics affecting today's business climate, including software licensing, compensation arrangements, confidentiality provisions, e-commerce transactions, corporate financing, privacy rights and security issues in the digital age. My articles have been published in the Boston Business Journal, Mass HighTech, the Boston Law Tribune and Boston Digital News. (Publications)

Attorney Kelmen's Organizations

To keep informed of current developments in the law, I am a member of both the Computer and Internet Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association and of the Boston College Intellectual Property American Inn of Court. I am an active participant in the Harvard Start-Up Club, where I have given several presentations on intellectual property issues for start-up companies. Additionally, I have organized and am a founding member of the Boston Emerging Technology and Telecommunications Entrepreneur's Roundtable ("BETTER"), a group of CEOs and directors that regularly meets to discuss contemporary issues confronting today's entrepreneur. I also sit on the Boards of Directors or Advisors of several companies. (Organizations)

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