From Startup to Series A and beyond, we focus on protecting the Founder’s Interests.

Angel Investors, Venture Capital Firms, and Financial Institutions have legal counsel on their side, and so should you. Attorney Matthew D. Pineda understands that Startup Founders and Small Business Owners may not be able to afford the high attorney’s fees of the larger law firms while in their seed stages, but he feels strongly that they still deserve sound and competent legal advocacy.  Matt gained a passion for entrepreneurship while pursuing a Master of Laws in Law & Entrepreneurship (LLMLE) at the prestigious Duke University School of Law.  At Duke, Matt was able to meet and learn from both Law Professors experienced in representing startups, and various successful Founders in the North Carolina Research Triangle.  While pursuing his LLMLE Degree, Matt was awarded a Legal Practicum Fellowship at a local Biotech Startup co-founded by Duke Alumni.  At his Fellowship Matt was able to learn firsthand the challenges entrepreneurs face on a daily basis, and how legal counsel can help entrepreneurs meet and overcome those challenges.  The LLMLE Program gave Matt the gift of entrepreneurial spirit, and influenced him to start his own law practice after several years working at larger law firms.  Matt hopes to use his experience to help your startup or small business.


Pineda Law, PLLC would be honored to help you with the following entrepreneurship law issues:

  • Corporate Formation 
  • Term Sheets
  • Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Convertible Notes
  • Non Disclosure Agreements
  • Trademark Law
  • Immigration Issues for Founders
  • Immigration Issues for Startup Employees
  • Equity Based Compensation
  • Liquidation
  • Review of Documents provided by Venture Capital Firms and Investors
  • Employer Policies/Employee Handbook
  • Supply Agreements
  • Contract Drafting/Review
  • Using corporate structure to protect assets 

"My family is starting a small business - an event venue. It is very overwhelming navigating through everything needed to make our business a success and very importantly, legally secure. Matt Pineda has gone out of his way to meet with us, scheduling according to our hectic schedules. He has gone through our agreements with us, line by line - explaining risks and offering sound legal advice according to our business' specific needs. I will not be working with anyone else - he is the best!" - Erica

"Matt was instrumental in my Supercuts franchise closing. We had a lot of unexpected twists and he gave me solid counsel all the way through. Thing that stood out the most was that he was always available. Can’t recommend him enough. Thanks Matt!" - Kwang