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Meet Liam Moriarty of Lawgood in DTLA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liam Moriarty.

Liam, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After graduating from law school, I worked in corporate law. I had gone to law school hoping to help people gain better access to legal services and work in nonprofit. But with the Great Recession in full swing and with crippling student debt, it was difficult to find that kind of work. I was lucky to land a job at a corporate law firm, but I didn’t think that it was going to help me help anyone besides banks and corporations.

However, I was wrong. Through my work at the firm, I was able to take part in a lot of pro bono cases. It was incredible to see firsthand how access to good lawyers and basic legal resources could transform something as stressful as not being paid or an unlawful eviction into something empowering.

Often times, our clients got the biggest benefit from the simplest and least complex legal resources, like easy-to-understand contracts. But the problem is that most people and small businesses aren’t chosen as pro bono clients at big law firms and so even the most basic legal resources are too expensive and out of reach. Lawgood sprung out of this problem.

Has it been a smooth road?
Starting a business, especially a tech startup, is really difficult. I don’t know how anyone can do it alone. I’m lucky enough to have two great co-founders, Gina Pak, and Andrew Wells, at Lawgood as well as an amazing team. Even still you have to be pretty nimble. It always seems like there is something else that I could be doing or preparing for just around the bend.

A big challenge for me has been managing my time. It is a real skill to understand how to strike that delicate balance of doing something yourself and delegating it to someone else who you know will do it better. Lawyers aren’t known for their managerial skills, but starting a business is a humbling crash course in it.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
At Lawgood, we’re making it easy and affordable for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners to get help with their contracts. It doesn’t matter if you need a contract for your business or you’ve gotten one from a client and can’t make heads or tails of it, we’ve got you covered.

So far, we’ve built two different tools. Our first tool is Lawgood’s contract generator. With our generator, users can create easy-to-understand contracts that are tailored to their industry and location. It’s been researched and vetted by top lawyers. It’s super simple to use, and the contracts are all in plain English so that you can better understand all of your rights and responsibilities before you sign. Think of it as an updated version of a static legal template.

And if you receive contracts rather than serve them up (like most freelancers), we’ve also created a contract review tool that will flag problematic issues hiding in its legalese. Our review tool combines machine learning with great lawyers so that you get the same quality of a big law firm when it comes to your contract but at a fraction of the price.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is a great place for tech startups, and it’s only getting better. Over the past few years, the city has been putting a lot of resources into growing the tech ecosystem. Publicly-supported programs like the Bixel Exchange and Grid110 have really helped raise the profile of startups in DTLA.

And big tech players, like Google, are expanding their presence and support of the tech community on the Westside. There are co-working communities, Meetup groups, and incubators and accelerators popping up all over the city. Wherever you are in LA, there are great resources close-by.

Pricing:

  • Contract Generation – Free
  • Contract Review – $95

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