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December 11, 2015

Virtual Legal Lab

Office of Business Opportunity Offers Virtual Legal Lab

Obtaining legal advice for small businesses can be costly and stressful. The City of Houston's Office of Business Opportunity recently announced a partnership with the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo) and Vinson & Elkins, LLP, to establish the "Virtual Legal Lab". The Virtual Legal Lab is the first of its kind, giving small businesses the opportunity to schedule one-on-one Skype sessions with pro-bono attorneys for any business related questions they may have.

This Legal Lab is housed within the Office of Business Opportunity, located downtown at 611 Walker, Lobby Level. The Legal Lab will be open December 9 and 16 from 2pm-5pm. Appointments are required in order to participate. 
Small businesses can ask questions on a variety of topics including employment law basics, independent contractor vs. employee, insurance and contracts, and entity selection. Attorneys are also available to speak to small business owners in Spanish and Chinese. Accommodations for interpretation in other languages can also be made available.

The Virtual Legal Lab is brought to you by The City of Houston's Office of Business Opportunity, APBCo in partnership with Texas C-Bar, and Vinson & Elkins.

To make an appointment for the Virtual Legal Lab or for more information, please go to and click on Virtual Legal Lab. Make your appointment today! For questions regarding the Virtual Legal Lab, contact Tanya Makany-Rivera at or Francesca Marshall at

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Tanya Makany-Rivera, External Affairs Manager
Office of Business Opportunity
611 Walker St., Lobby Level
Houston, Texas 77002

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