PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS
The Law Office of Suzanne Natbony is a solutions-oriented law firm comprised of practical, business-minded corporate lawyers, who are effective at closing deals, creatively overcoming legal obstacles and resolving disputes. We have received not only an Avvo® Client’s Choice Award for excellent and quality service to our clients, but also an AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell®, which is the highest award for ethical standards and legal ability. We help people resolve their legal issues. Most of our clients have businesses or work in entertainment, health care, real estate, technology, fitness, cosmetics, food & beverage, nonprofit, medical device, hospitality or consulting. Whether you want a seasoned lawyer within a niche area, who has exceptional expertise on your matter or a tough pit bull lawyer to go the extra mile to fight for your rights, we are connected with lawyers across an array of practice areas, such as trial attorneys, litigators, immigration lawyers, family lawyers, criminal defense lawyers, workers comp attorneys, class action lawyers, estate planners and tax attorneys.
Ms. Natbony is also cofounder of LawTake, the best resource for legal information on the web.
Suzanne is the best startup and the best business lawyer in Los Angeles! When I was looking for a California small business attorney, I had already spoken to Suzanne as she is a good friend of mine, but I decided to also do a Google search to check on her reviews and see if anyone else might be a good fit since it can be risky to work with your friends. Of course, Suzanne’s law firm website was very impressive and so were her LinkedIn reviews. She also had great reviews on other online lawyer review websites, such as LawTake, which she cofounded, and Avvo. I then reached out to some mutual friends, who were also clients of hers, for a reference and everyone agreed that she is a top lawyer on the Westside for business law. I am very pleased with her representation. She has reviewed and helped me negotiate contracts, advocated on my behalf, advised me about policies and regulations, helped me avoid disputes regarding leases and other contracts and informed me of the legal process. Suzanne is a force to be reckoned with when she has represented me on every legal issue. Further, when she handles disputes, she handles it in the most professional, most amiable way possible to get the best outcome possible for me. She has also referred me to other fantastic attorneys who have obtained satisfactory results when I’ve had legal issues outside of her area of expertise. I know I can count on Suzanne for the best healthcare law advice, the best business advice, the best lease advice, the best contract advice, the best dispute avoidance advice and she is the best legal researcher. Suzanne is also extremely resourceful for counsel about personal issues that could erupt into legal disputes. I am very lucky to have Suzanne because she is a good listener and pleasant to work with, on the one hand, but a tough and zealous advocate on the other.”
Miami, FL and Santa Monica, CA
When my business started expanding, I hired Suzanne to help me with contracts. She did it in a way that was very efficient and tried to save me money on my legal bill. I gave her detailed instructions as to what I wanted in the contracts and she incorporated all of my requests, which I very much appreciated. She also reviewed contracts that I already had in place and made improvements. I really appreciated that her estimates of how long it would take to complete tasks were accurate and she kept me informed about her availability. Suzanne was also very personable and taught me a thing or two about Microsoft Word, a character I did not expect from a very accomplished lawyer. I am very content that she has my back on any legal matters I may have.”
Principal Designer – Studio Jhoiey, Inc.
West Hollywood, CA
Suzanne is one of the best lawyers around. I met Suzanne while attending USC. She has been one of the best contacts to me over the past few years for business legal advice and correspondence. She is extremely articulate, easy to talk to and very efficient. I couldn’t imagine working with anyone else because of the relationship I have with Suzanne, she is always available, will always return my calls, texts emails in a timely manner. Suzanne was incredibly instrumental the past year for me in work, closing out a large severance contract, suzanne saved me not just on a few smaller items, but everything down to where I would have been picking up thousands in taxes for all severances. She also gave me a reduced hourly rate and reduced retainer. I just could never express how much her time was worth in the end. Whether your case is her specialty or not, Suzanne is extremely bright and will work hard for you. Whatever your case, it likely will cost you more in the end than upfront if you use a resource like Suzanne.
The next time that I am in a bind, before I sign, I will call Suzanne!”
PRODUCER at Telescope
Santa Monica, CA
I am very thankful for Suzanne for not only being the best Beverly Hills attorney, but also for creating a very helpful, useful and enjoy video on Lawtake.com to help me with the business formation of company. Suzanne not only has the creative mind to conceive Lawtake, but also well equipped to scale the company on a national level and run it efficiently. These are great skills to have, and I recommend any start-up company or entrepreneur to take a look at Lawtakes videos and guidance to successfully build their company. Suzanne kept my best interest in mind, and saved me thousands of dollars in legal fees by advising me about creating one entity and securing many DBA’s opposed to setting up multiple LLC’s. She also helped me secure a trademark in record speed. I am honored to have Suzanne as my lawyer.”
Entrepreneur and Chef
Beverly Hills, CA
Throughout the years I have known her, Suzanne has demonstrated outstanding abilities and strength of character in both her personal and professional life. She dedicates herself completely to every task she undertakes, and has a unique talent for pursuing creative solutions. Suzanne is particularly passionate when it comes to matters involving social injustice, and works to ensure others are attuned to these issues. Finally, her strength and resilience make her an ideal advocate for the legal interests of companies and individuals”
Attorney at Health Advocates, LLC
Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne is an expert in Corporate Transactions and is a very sophisticated and talented lawyer and businesswoman! I highly recommend Suzanne to all my colleagues! As Founder of LawTake, Suzanne has the vision and all the great leadership experience necessary to make LawTake an incredible success. Suzanne is amazing at building and running a company, and she knows how to operate a business very efficiently and effectively. In addition to being a highly talented lawyer in many different areas, including corporate, entertainment, healthcare law, intellectual property and many other areas of law, Suzanne is also a very savvy and gifted entrepreneur and businesswoman. She has exceptional networking and communications skills, and LawTake is destined for great success under Suzanne’s leadership.”
John Weatherspoon Ph.D.
Patent Attorney, Director of Intellectual Property
Los Angeles, CA
We at P.I.M. was searching for a Lawyer with Entertainment Law and E-commerce for my Start -up Corporation P.I.M. Inc. A mutual friend recommended Suzanne as some one I should meet and retain. When I met with her I found her to be very smart and have a vast understanding about Entertainment laws, she has a great business mind. She lowered her Retainer fees for the corporation, and she was Generous with her time and we had several meetings off the clock that we really needed and she was there for us. I like he way she is Fair with her Billing and she still looks out for your Corporation. I highly Recommend her an her staff, to help anyone to assist solving problems that may arise.”
Producer, Musician, Entrepreneur
Beverly Hills, CA
Suzanne is a fantastic lawyer and has become a great friend of mine! I started an alternative investment fund and was moving to Los Angeles from New York. I got a referral from a coworker of mine who worked with Suzanne when she was in college and knew she had a strong work ethic. I immediately could tell when she returned emails and calls well before 9am pacific and she told me she kept east coast and west coast hours and had clients across the country. I engaged her to help me negotiate a contract and advise me on California law. That contract was successful and now that I am in Los Angeles, she has helped me avoid litigation and achieve desirable results with rogue vendors by advising me on correspondence and drafting communications. She also has made several helpful introductions to people in my industry. I highly recommend her as personable and professional.”
CEO, CIO at Anato Investment Group, LLC
Santa Monica, CA
I hired Suzanne to draft a contract. She swiftly completed it and incorporated all of my requests, but also advised me when certain clauses might become an issue, so I decided to use her suggested clauses instead. Initially the other party refused to communicate about the contract until I got Suzanne involved to negotiate it. She successfully got the contract signed after working with the other party’s lawyer for about a month to get me the best possible outcome. Suzanne’s “preventive legal” method, similar to my preventive medicine approach to avoid the exacerbation of health problems, helped me to avoid having to deal with costly and time consuming litigation. She was firm with the other party regarding their delays, while also knowing when to involve me to help facilitate an agreement. I highly recommend her since this is the second time that she has helped me with a contract negotiation and I have been impressed with the results.”
Aaron Tabor, MD
President at Gene Facelift LLC
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
I met Suzanne at a National Association of Women Business Owners event when I had my own medical practice and she was a director of a company and had just joined a healthcare law firm. I contacted her when I joined another practice and needed some help with negotiating a contract. She promptly put in a lot of work in going through the contract and making suggested changes for me to negotiate. I was very pleased with the outcome. I also appreciated her help in finding a friend of mine a litigator. She is very well connected in the legal industry and was able to give several names for my friend.”
Facial Plastic Surgeon at Persky Sunder Plastic Surgery
As an attorney, I know the best qualities to look for in another attorney -someone who is personable to work with, but tough when it comes to getting the job done in the most efficient and effective manner. Suzanne Natbony has a lot of experience as a “corporate insider” because she has worked in the legal departments of two companies. She was able to advise me on my practice, from how to increase my efficiency and raise my billable hour rate to how to handle a difficult client. Accordingly, her advice added value to my practice because I was able to bill higher and increase my efficiencies. She always aims to make things easier for her clients, such as reducing the amount of time and effort that her clients need to devote to a particular business transaction or ensuring their operations are in compliance with the law. I can confidently recommend Suzanne to anyone who is anxious about a transaction because she’s one of the best at diffusing discomfort and coaching her clients on how to safely, legally and confidently proceed.”
Legal Counsel at Magento Commerce
Culver City, CA
I met Suzanne and was very impressed with her professionalism and wisdom. She’s an excellent communicator and very knowledgeable about diverse areas. When I needed an attorney to review my technology company’s operating and membership interest agreements and advise me on the legal risks and benefits, I called her. She was prompt at responding within 24 hours and immediately handling my matter and even advised me after normal business hours. Her legal advice saved me money because she pointed out taxation issues that I might not have noticed, while suggesting that I also speak with my accountant or tax attorney, because she knows her limitations. She also counseled me about how I could negotiate terms of the agreement, which I successfully implemented, and accordingly, am happier with the final agreement that was reached between myself and the other members. I highly recommend her services if you are looking for good value because her fees are very reasonable and it was money worth spending.”
Chief Nerd at Conceptual Revolution
Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne is an amazing connector, a great resource and friend. Suzanne and I had a class together at USC and have maintained our friendship ever since. She has helped me expand my own network and is always thinking of ways to connect people. Suzanne applies this resourcefulness to each project she handles and is consistently motivated to achieve successful results. I would recommend Suzanne to anyone wanting to expand their business and for any work that requires dedication, organization, planning, problem-solving and creativity.”
Entertainment Attorney at Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP – Film/Television/New Media
Los Angeles, CA
I was given an offer for new employment as a way to sabotage my current employer. Upon leaving my employer, the job was immediately taken from me and I felt like the company was fraudulent. I contacted Suzanne for help since she’s got a lot of business law experience. She helped guide me through the entire lawsuit process. She brought in an employment lawyer specialist to work with on the case. I was so happy with the outcome. I highly recommend contacting Suzanne so that she can help you figure out whether you might be able to make some money off of some injustice from an employer or former employer that tries to steal your livelihood and mess with your profession! Go get ’em!
Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne is my business lawyer, but when I had a personal issue, I contacted her when I broke up with boyfriend after catching him cheating and we had a mess of issues to resolve. We had acquired two properties together, a condo and a house and I had to sell one of them, have his name removed from the title of the other one and issue to him what I thought was fair. The property was selling for around a million dollars, but I just wanted to give him what he put into it as he had not only been unfaithful, but he had also caused me other damages and grief. I spoke to Suzanne about my case and she advised me about my options and estimated costs. She suggested that I had viable claims for negligence, concealment/misrepresentation, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, domestic violence and possibly others. At first, I was too scared to meet with him and I wanted Suzanne to deal with him. Suzanne advised me of her professional regulations impacting her ability to meet with my ex and have him sign something binding without him being represented by a lawyer or having the opportunity to contact one. Fortunately, after some time passed and I was healed, I felt like I would be able to meet with him myself. I wanted the path of least resistance, so she suggested using this Mutual Release form on her LawTake website and having her review it. I downloaded it and then after asking a few questions, I was able to fill it out. He accepted my proposal and we settled smoothly. What could have cost thousands in legal fees and a legal battle, was resolved in a short meeting and only several hours of counsel with Suzanne. I think that this is an unusual situation because my ex was actually being reasonable, I am pretty tough and Suzanne, unlike a lot of other lawyers, always has her client’s best interests at heart, rather than running up legal bills, like other lawyers. Suzanne also has specialized experience with dealing with breakup dispute resolution. I am so happy that he signed and I am free from him. I can’t thank Suzanne enough!
Los Angeles, CA
I recommend Suzanne Natbony as an excellent litigator and business transactional attorney. She is the best with trademark advice, letters, releases, confirmatory emails, counterarguments, conciliatory text messages, proof of claims, advanced healthcare directives and cease and desists. Basically, Suzanne advised on various forms of communication that helped to facilitate an amicable resolution. I love that Suzanne is the founder of LawTake because she really goes the extra mile to provide discounted or complimentary documents, making legal services more cost-effective. She also directed me to several other useful contracts on her site. She advises on how to bring businesses to fruition and how to acquire properties in an LLC and how to structure the deal. She also assists with finding contingency fee lawyers, both in California and Hawaii, and helps with negotiating their fee agreements. She is so great – she even works while on vacation, on weekends and outside of normal business hours. She has helped me so much and I can’t thank her enough. I highly recommend her as a versatile attorney, who picks things up quickly, works efficiently, is tough to opposing counsel, but pleasant to work with!
Los Angeles, CA
I had a dispute with a landlord that I was unable to resolve on my own, even after extensive back and forth communications with several of the property managers. I knew my next step was to send them a demand letter and I wanted an attorney to send it because they did not seem to be taking the issues seriously. I was afraid that I would spend more money on an attorney than I would ever be able to get back from the landlord until a friend of mine (an attorney who was very familiar with the issues I was having) recommended I look up LawTake and Suzanne Natbony. I got the LawTake Demand Letter, followed the instructions on how to fill it out, and retained Ms. Natbony to polish it off and send it under her law firm letterhead. The Demand Letter was straightforward to fill out and Ms. Natbony spent under an hour on it, making my legal costs to resolve the problem very inexpensive. I would recommend her and LawTake, hands down, to anyone faced with this kind of situation. I am so grateful for the recommendation to look into this – after all of the issues I had with the landlord, it was a huge relief to have this part of the process go so smoothly!
Los Angeles, CA
I was involved in a lawsuit over an interpretation of a document in which I stood to lose over a million dollars. I needed to find a California lawyer to resolve the dispute. I searched online for the best lawyer in Los Angeles and found Suzanne Natbony. I left her an urgent message with her assistant about an upcoming hearing, which was only a week away. Ms. Natbony got back to me within 24 hours and I felt comfortable and relieved that she promised to do what she could to find a litigator or appear herself. Fortunately, she found an expert litigator and the two of them got our trial continued. I am pleased to say that less than 2 months after retaining Suzanne, we settled the case to our satisfaction. Suzanne also had clever ideas to make us feel more comfortable about the entire lawsuit process, such as being able to appear at the mediation via Skype since travel is difficult and we don’t live in California. We were also pleased that her and the litigator gave us a 50% discount on our legal bill during the mediation since we had to pay 3 lawyers and the mediator to be there. Thus, she brought great value to the case and we are so happy that it’s all over!
My company was looking for a new healthcare lawyer with reasonable rates and found Suzanne Natbony after she wrote an article and we realized that we had several mutual friends. We hired Suzanne to assist with some contracts and resolve a bogus dispute over advertising that placed us under the auspices of arbitration in NY. I wish we had Suzanne review our initial contract before entering into it. Suzanne was able to draft the contracts and resolve the dispute within her initial suggested retainer for both. One of the contracts she drafted cost about half as much as another lawyer had quoted us and he’s not even a healthcare lawyer. She works efficiently and we appreciate that she was able to get several concessions in the resolution despite being told several times that it was the final offer. She’s even helping us terminate another contract, saving us thousands of dollars. It’s nice to also have a lawyer who is our client as well, who also appreciates our services. She is an indispensable ally to any medical spa and we highly recommend her.
Medical Spa Client
Los Angeles, CA
I had a novel idea for a company, but I wanted to make sure that I could legally do what I wanted to do. Suzanne drafted a really useful memo for me explaining the current laws impacting my business idea, what the competitors are doing and what the future might bring as to possible changes in the law. I really liked the legal recommendation section. She also formed my company, which is in the digital media advertising space. She delivered on her promises by keeping the memo within my budget and completing it in a timely manner. I really appreciated that she was both thoughtful and considerate about our budget for legal and gave me tips on how to do things myself and then have her review, so we are going to take the first stab at drafting our service agreement and then have her review. She offers very innovative lawyering for the startup community.
San Francisco, CA
Suzanne is one of the most knowledgeable and responsive attorneys I have ever dealt with in the entertainment industry. She helped me option a screenplay from a writer and protected me in ways that I hadn’t considered. I am extremely fortunate that our paths crossed as she has her own video production business and needed my help with video editing. She also handles challenges like no other as she had some issues come up with her computer, which she handled swiftly and successfully. I appreciated that she was thoughtful enough to discuss my options with completing it while her computer was being repaired and timely completed it despite the stress this must have caused her. I was able to get the deal done with her counsel. She is great!
I recently had the pleasure of working with attorney Suzanne Natbony in regards to patent / trademark / copyright issues. As a freelancer graphic designer I hadn’t an idea where to start regarding starting my own business- let alone protecting against copy right infringement (or falling into the trap of infringing upon someone else’s work!!)
I highly recommend calling to make an appointment / consultation with Mrs. Natbony because sometimes the jargon can get a little confusing and over the phone she can reiterate concepts in different ways until you fully understand. Otherwise she sent me a link to her website: LawTake.com that had simple to follow informational videos I could watch at my leisure. If you haven’t determined if your legal concerns warrant hiring an attorney just yet, definitely visit the website to browse their videos, documents and q&a.
At first I didn’t want to shell out money for legal fees but all and all I think it was one of the wisest investments I could have made. Saved me time (which ultimately is money!) on having to research and track down legal information that actually pertained to me; and ultimately gave me the piece of mind of how to prevent (or in the worse case scenario – handle) potentially expensive legal suits against me for copyright and trademark issues.
Los Angeles, CA
After 20 years in the corporate world, I was excited about starting my own business. Suzanne was the first lawyer that I called because she’s a good friend and, I had heard, a fantastic lawyer. My business partner wanted to go with a Nevada lawyer because we were going to have our principle place of business there. Suzanne wasn’t offended and still stood by on the sidelines giving me business advice as a friend. When the business wasn’t working out like we had initially planned and I needed a lawyer to help me deal with the mess of unwinding the business, Suzanne helped me draft a specialized dissolution agreement for my unique situation and advised me what to do in sticky situations with the landlord, cofounders and other vendors. Within two months, the dissolution agreement was signed, the company was dissolved and now I am moving onto greener pastures. I can’t thank Suzanne enough.
Los Angeles, CA
I was part of a class of people who were discriminated against at a local resort. One of my friends is friends with Suzanne and highly recommend that Suzanne represent us because she is so persuasive. Suzanne drafted a complaint to the management. The letter was so strong and impressive. She articulated the issues much better than all of us had and thought of, and some are lawyers. She conceptualized theories and reasons for compensating us for the horrible treatment and then had to deal with hostile management being difficult and nasty. She really fought for us to make the management make it right.
Los Angeles, CA
I am a healthcare provider and I had a terrible situation with my work. I had Legalzoom review my contract with my employer. Their review showed violations of anti-kickback statutes and they gave me the impression that I could successfully sue my employer for hundreds of thousands of dollars for overpayment. I then started to look for a healthcare lawyer to assist me with the lawsuit. I got referred by a mutual friend of Suzanne’s. Suzanne knew the issues right off the bat, but said she normally is the one creating these contracts in compliance for the employer or entity and does not typically represent former employees or independent contractors in disputes. She said that this was one of the few success stories she had heard from people utilizing Legalzoom. She looked into the issue from a healthcare perspective and determined that the overpayments I had made would not necessarily go back to the employer, rather they could go to the patients. She then had my possible case reviewed by several contingency fee lawyers to see if they would take it, but they declined. Legalzoom had actually been blowing smoke when no issue or real plausible claim existed for me to pursue successfully and be worth the aggravation and expense. Suzanne also ran the issue by whistleblower lawyers, but they also declined to take the case. I felt like the modest fees that I paid Suzanne to answer dozens of questions and thoroughly vet my case and try to get me the best possible representation for my budget was totally worthwhile. She stood by my side and said that she would write a “demand” or “letter of complaint” if I still felt like I had been harmed or taken advantage of. I decided not to pursue the matter and she promptly refunded the rest of the retainer that she did not use. I did not know her prior to this experience, but I felt like she had my back and used excellent judgment and discretion when discussing the matter with me and other lawyers. If you want a trustworthy lawyer, hire Suzanne.
Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne is one of the best lawyers that I have ever worked with. I am a C-suite executive of a small business and Suzanne is our business lawyer. She is very dedicated and diligent, but also completes things in record speed. She has creative ideas that help manage the work flow of the company that has been very useful in reducing legal fees. She formed our company, introduced us to potential investors that provided funding for our business, drafted or polished almost all of the legal documents that we have in place and language for our website, but is also is resourceful in finding legal forms, rather than starting from scratch. We are very lucky to have her counsel because she also helped us avoid several costly disputes. She knows how to deal with people effectively to get the company in legal compliance, but also maximize opportunity for growth, rather than stunting it with a crushing legal bill. I recommend her and her legal team.
Los Angeles, CA
I can’t thank Suzanne enough for helping me after being sued, by one of the largest retailers in the nation, for almost $100,000, for something I didn’t even do! I was considering having to file bankruptcy! Thankfully, Super Suzanne to the rescue, only $8000 in legal fees and a few months later, Suzanne got the greedy plaintiff down to a settlement for less than what I paid Suzanne legal expenses! She is the best! She reduced her rate after legal fees exceeded a certain amount because she wanted to help me, given my financial condition, and she also did some flat fee work. As a healthcare professional who had contracted with the greedy retailer, I wish I had Suzanne from the beginning to review that contract – I might never had been sued in the first place. Thanks so much Suzanne for your help!
Los Angeles, CA
I own/run two hotels, in the US and in France. I needed help with contracts with employees and how to deal with hiring and firing legal issues. I also wanted help with negotiating insurance contracts. Suzanne was very thorough, but she did such a fast job. I was glad that I went with her since she runs her own business. She also helped secure counsel in France for the international law legal issues – she is so well connected. I highly recommend her as a caring and competent attorney. She also dealt with an employee that caused a smooth transition, thank goodness, rather than creating or instigating a lawsuit, like other lawyers are known for. She was very affordable and the investment in legal has paid off in so many ways, not just monetarily. Why sacrifice my health in dealing with hostile people, when I can sick Suzanne on them? I recommend you look no further!
Paris, France and Vail, Colorado
I have a small business and Suzanne is my business lawyer. I had an independent contractor leave and make nasty threats to me. I had been paying her well for several years and was very flexible with her, but this woman wanted more money and had made mistakes with calculations on her time sheets wanting money she felt she was owed. Suzanne counseled me about legally what my position was and what my options were. I was able to make this pest go away after much contention with Suzanne’s intervention and assistance. I was told that this could have been a hugely expensive lawsuit. Suzanne was able to get her to sign a release of claims to avoid any future dispute. For entrepreneurs who don’t have a budget for employees, Suzanne can teach you how to hire independent contractors and avoid disputes. I recommend her as someone able to help me stay calm in a stressful situation and persuasive enough to deal with someone who is making threats to report you to the IRS!
Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne helped me with a startup investment gone bad. I recommend Suzanne for not only being a great person to work with, very calming when I was stressed over what had happened to my investment, being affordable and also offering me some free attorney time after retaining her, letting me take care of mailing letters to save me money and being available to talk on evenings and weekends when I wasn’t working! What happened was, I invested $70K into a startup with my friend. For months, I wanted to know what was going on with my money and felt like I was getting the runaround, so I contacted Suzanne because she seemed like a prominent lawyer in the community who was affordable. We connected right away and she said that I could wait until the loan date passed and then send a notice of default since it was less than a month away and I should just try to hang tight. I waited to no avail and then had Suzanne deal with my “frienemy”. Within just a few months, Suzanne formulated an agreement with him to begin making payments and to bind him to something better than what we had signed. She is thoughtful and strategic and always had my best interest. Now, if my “frienemy” defaults, we have a proper document in place that I can easily sue over because the one we did ourselves was ambiguous and poorly drafted.
Redondo Beach, CA
* These testimonials do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.