MWR Legal provides personalized, strategic counsel to innovators, start-ups,
high-growth companies & investors
LEGAL MINDS WITH THE DEPTH OF EXPERIENCE YOU DESERVE
We are ready to help you achieve success.
The MWR Legal team is comprised of business-focused talent who are also entrepreneurs, mentors and active participants in the innovation ecosystem. We understand what our clients need because we have represented hundreds of entrepreneurial and investment ventures, while we have grown our law firm and ancillary businesses in the process.
MWR Legal is a full-service “Legal Consultancy” business law firm, helping our clients navigate the legal landscape to best achieve success. We are a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Law Firm, and we are focused on entrepreneurs and executives alike for start-ups and emerging companies. MWR Legal has earned our esteemed reputation by enthusiastically delivering personalized and targeted advice designed to meet the needs of each and every client. As Outsourced General Counsel, we offer our clients the depth and experience of a traditional full-service firm, while providing the responsiveness and flexibility of an in-house counsel. Thus, we deliver large firm excellence in a small firm format.
Legal minds with the depth of experience you deserve.
PASSION SINCE 1996
We are committed to entrepreneur success.
Top innovators trust MWR Legal.
Personalized and strategic services that educate and inform.
We represent entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and companies
from start-up through growth, financing, acquisitions, restructuring, and exits.
Corporate Services &
Developing a company can lead to a lot of uncertainty about business law and growth strategy. MWR Legal’s attorneys represent a diverse array of professional capabilities that allow us to utilize our experience as corporate attorneys and corporate officers to provide you with reasoned, effective, and often innovative advice. Our goal is to grow your innovative endeavors.
- Entrepreneurial and Startup Law
- Entity Selection and Formation
- Shareholder and Partnership Agreements
- Option Plans and Other Equity Arrangement
- Employment Issues
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Bankruptcy Restructuring
- Employee Benefits Law
- Corporate Tax
It is key that our clients understand, capture, protect and capitalize the value of their intellectual property. We practice a full range of issues relating to intellectual property.
- Licensing (National and International)
- Marketing and Branding Protection
- Investment Due Diligence to Commercializing Assets
- Sale or Use of Intellectual Property
- Tech Commercialization
- Trade Secrets
- Infringement Litigation
We litigate the full range of civil legal matters in state, federal, appellate courts and arbitration around the country. Our strategies are aggressive, creative and effective, designed to take into consideration our clients’ short and long term objectives. Our experienced attorneys will help you evaluate the strength of your case and determine the ideal strategy for your unique situation.
- Securities Litigation and Enforcement
- Arbitration and ADR
- Employment Disputes
- Illegal software usage
- Tax Controversy
- Business and Commercial Litigation
- Technology Law
- Director and Officer Liability
- Energy/Oil and Gas Litigation
- Insurance Coverage Litigation
- International Dispute Resolution
- Media Litigation
- Appellate – State and Federal Courts across the U.S.
In the music, film and television industry, it is important to have attorneys well versed in the industry nuances and contacts so that you are as protected as possible. From publishing contracts to reality television deals to film fund financing deals, Entertainment Law is a multidisciplinary area of practice.
- Publishing Agreements
- Sync Licenses
- Reality Television Management Deals
- Co-production Agreements
- Talent Agreement
- Film Financing
- Operating Agreements
- Production Counsel
Real Estate &
MWR Legal represents developers, architects, engineers, constructors, contractors, and owners in construction management and real estate development, complex transactions, and commercial disputes. We have years of experience managing the development of multi-million dollar projects and resolving complex litigation issues.
- Commercial Development
- Commercial Investment
- Contract and Lease Drafting and Review
- Financing Agreements
- General Contractor/Subcontractor Representation
- Land Use, Zoning, Permitting
- Purchases and Sales
- Commercial Development Disputes
- Contract Enforcement
- Contractor Disputes
- Eminent Domain
- Lease Enforcement
- Real Estate Litigation
Our immigration lawyers have successfully handled a broad spectrum of immigration related issues for individual and corporate clients. We can represent clients in immigration courts and in applications for visas and permanent residency in the United States. Although the immigration process can appear complex and confusing, our goal is to smoothly secure the type of visa that suits each of our clients’ needs.
- Family-Sponsored Immigration
- Employment-Sponsored Immigration
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Immigration Bond Hearings
- Removal (deportation) Defense and Litigation
- Non-Immigrant Visas
- Asylum and Other Humanitarian Programs and Protections
- Appeals of Immigration Court and Administrative Decisions
WE ARE ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF INNOVATION
We are passionate about building businesses– our own and our clients' –to help innovators achieve success.Check out our companies:
Entrepreneurial Law Bar Association brings together business counsel worldwide to establish best practices for representing innovators and growing companies in the new economy. Co-founded by our managing partners, MWR Legal is at the forefront of entrepreneurial law by integrating legal and business expertise to help innovators achieve success, and is leading the way to create an engaged community of our colleagues.
MassVenture is Texas’ first state-approved online equity crowdfunding portal that connects Texas real estate investors with Texas real estate deals. Founded by two members of the MWR Legal team, MassVenture aims to bypass traditional funding sources and allow all Texans, regardless of their financial status, to enjoy access to unique real estate investment opportunities throughout the state.
SKU is the first and leading accelerator program and community for startup consumer product good companies. The managing partners of MWR Legal recognized a need for support of non-digital good industries in Austin and beyond. They founded SKU in order to bring mentorship, community, industry expertise, and funding to promising companies in order to develop their brands and ready their companies to rapidly scale their success.
We are trusted counsel and connectors
dedicated to giving our clients and community
access to the information and resources
designed to achieve success.
GUIDING INNOVATORS THROUGH THE LEGAL LANDSCAPE SINCE 1996
PRAISE FROM OUR CLIENTS
“Rick and Shari were instrumental in properly forming my entity. They represented me in contract negotiations and helped me to choose the proper tax structure for my company. Their combined entrepreneurial expertise and their thorough knowledge of an ever-changing financial landscape were indispensable as they guided me along the path to success.”
“MWR Legal is a “Can Do” law firm, which is refreshing to an entrepreneur. I really appreciate the results and on time delivery of work product from Rick Ressler and his team. More importantly, the advice I receive from MWR Legal has always been spot on.”
“Rick Ressler is professional, responsive, and extremely knowledgeable in the areas of early stage companies and fundraising issues.”
“Rick Ressler not only helped us raise close to $20 million in funding since 2008, but also taught me the processes and nuances of a deal. He is humble, smart and great at explaining complex legal matters to business owners in an easily understandable way.”
“MWR Legal’s level of service is unparalleled. They provide the personalized, responsive service of a small firm but with attorneys that offer large-firm quality and experience.”
“In the tech industry, it can be difficult to find an attorney that speaks your language, but that’s not the case with Nathan Roach.”
“I have always been impressed with the firm’s caliber of legal talent and the high level of care and attention they provide for their clients. MWR Legal is my go-to firm whenever I need help in my role as a single-person legal department in a small company.”
“Rick Ressler is an excellent ally for entrepreneurs. He is not only an expert in law but also has a business mind. His guidance through complex legal transactions, mergers, and acquisitions has been vital for my companies’ success.”
“Mike’s patience and diligence in crafting the documents for our capital raise has been excellent. We’ve thoroughly discussed both the short term effects and long term strategies for Shark Pond, and Mike has taken care to put us in a position for success as we move forward.”
“I trust the attorneys at MWR Legal.”
“MWR Legal is nimble, as you would expect from a small, boutique firm, yet they have the breadth of coverage and the depth of expertise that you usually only find in the big firms. This level of expertise at MWR Legal and the extremely competitive rates for that expertise make MWR Legal a natural fit for emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, and smaller companies such as mine.”
“MWR Legal knows what start-ups are going through.”
“MWR Legal is accessible, engaging, and start-up focused. They provided me with invaluable support throughout the patent process.”
“Over the decades I’ve had staff attorneys, done scores of acquisitions, private placements and two IPOs, spending millions (literally) on legal fees along the way. Two years ago I started working with Rick Ressler and the MWR Legal team and the results have been fantastic. We’ve closed four private equity transactions, two acquisitions, and crafted dozens of contracts.”
“MWR Legal’s attorneys do an excellent job guiding entrepreneurs through the legal landscape.”
“Michael McGovern and the MWR Legal team resolved a matter that had been inactive and unresolved for years in just a few weeks. Mike’s engagement strategy, well-articulated demand letter, and assertive but respectful responses to the debtor were key in the success of my case.”
“MWR Legal believed in Tiff’s Treats when we were very small.”
“I couldn’t be more pleased with Matt Burr’s hard work and expertise on my patent. He hit it out of the ballpark and made a 30 year old dream come true!”
“The attorneys at MWR Legal are easy to communicate with and always return my phone calls and emails promptly.”
“The MWR Legal team provides direct and decisive attention to the task at hand. RC and Mike understand both my company and our mission, and they use their knowledge to provide personalized advice that not only helps me, but also ensures a bright future for my company.”