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Opticliff Law

Business  |  Trademark  | Startups  | Contracts

A different kind of law firm.

We understand startups. We are one.

Team approach; value-based billing.

Low overhead, pro-coworking, no suits.

Our Approach

We work with your team (even if it’s just you right now!) in a holistic, no rules manner to help you leverage your assets and structure your relationships to position you for success in whatever environments you’d like to thrive.

You are the knowledgeable and experienced decision-makers in your field, and you seek balanced advice from composed professionals who pay attention to the details that matter most to you. We bring legal skills and experience to your team. We understand that we serve a specific purpose for your company’s growth, so we seek to fill that need as efficiently as possible, while exploring how else we can add value by using integrated problem solving tactics, and adding judgment-free perspective. In short, we’re here to provide protection and peace of mind as your business grows, and make you look good in the process.

We’re your one-stop shop for protecting your business and brand.

What We Do

Here are a few of the services we offer.

Business Law
  • Forming LLCs and corporations
  • Purchase & Sales (Transactions)
  • General Counsel Services
  • Contracts
  • Hiring employees & contractors
  • Dispute resolution
  • Winding up
Trademark & Copyright Law
  • Name and brand knock-out TM searches
  • Federal and state registration
  • Trademark and copyright defense
  • Licensing
Startup Law
  • Company formation
  • Stock options and service-for-equity compensation
  • Hiring employees & contractors
  • VC & Angel investing
  • Crowdfunding
  • Website terms & privacy policies
  • Intellectual property protection
Technology & Internet Law
  • Website terms of use
  • Privacy policies
  • cybersquatting
  • data security
  • outsourcing
Estate Planning Law
  • Wills, living wills
  • Trusts
  • Integration with business pursuits

Who We Help

Our clients come in all shapes and sizes.

  • Tech/software companies
  • Startups
  • Foodies
  • Breweries & Distilleries
  • Artists
  • Lawyers
  • Collaborators
  • Marketers
  • Creatives
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Cooks
  • Geniuses
  • Geeks
  • Super Moms & Dads
  • Dudes with sweet facial hair

How can we help you?

Let us point you in the right direction.

I’m starting a business

Congratulations on your decision to grab the wheel! Now’s the time to make sure you are doing it properly and legally, to protect your personal assets and your business’ intellectual property, to minimize your risk, and to build strong customer relationships. You may even be seeking to prepare your business for outside investment.

Drop us a line. We’ll help you get started on the right path (and stay there!) so you can focus on building your business.

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I’ll ask my lawyer

Not all businesses need (or can afford) a full-time lawyer. But, you still want counsel who you can call anytime for any reason, whether to ensure that your legal needs align with your business goals, review a contract, hire a contractor, negotiate a dispute, or to make sure it’s just done right. We serve as general counsel for dozens of our clients. We’re here to help your business too.

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I’m a Freelancer

When you’re a freelancer, you need to ensure your clients pay you promptly, protect your intellectual property, and comply with the legal framework specific to your industry and to independent contractors in Maine. We’ll provide the tools, customized to your specific needs, to help you thrive in the creative economy. And if you’re concerned about scaring clients away with a long, overly-lawyerly contract, fear not. Our agreements are easy to read, easy to comprehend, and cut the fat (while still furthering your goals). Help us help you help yourself.

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We Offer Flat-Rate Services

Why flat fees?  Legal services, like all other business expenses, should be as predictable as possible so you can set a budget, get what you need, and focus your energies on building your business and life.

  • LLC/Corp Formation

  • $525
  • For one owner


    • Two owners: $725
    • Each additional owner: $200
    • State filing fees not included.

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  • Startup Packages

  • $1100
    • Single owner entity + single Trademark Search/Application.
    • Add an NDA + an Ind. Cont. Agreement: $400
    • State and federal filing fees not included.

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  • Trademark Protection

  • $300
  • For knock-out search


    • Applications: $475
    • Prices are per mark, per class. Discounts for multiple marks.
    • Federal filing fees not included.

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We provide custom contracts of all kinds with value-based billing and a startup budget in mind. 

Our Team

Meet the Opticliff Team.

(207) 370-4180

Ezekiel Callanan


Zeke founded Opticliff Law in 2012. He thrives on new ideas and brainstorming with clients about thinking bigger, and growing mere ideas to sustainable business plans. He works with startups, growing companies, and evolving relationships through entity formation and strategy, everyday business contracts, and complex fundraising compliance work. Zeke is very involved in his community (and therefore so is Opticliff Law!), and supports local growth and progress through his network. True to the entrepreneurial clients he represents, Zeke also has a side gig with his brother Nick, as co-founders of Facial Hair Entertainment, LLC.

(207) 200-7760

Andrew Kraus


Andrew strives to provide clients with the tools they need to succeed in the creative economy. His trademark practice engages business owners and their marketing teams to ensure the value of their creations are protected. His business practice advises clients on how to protect themselves while creating a sustainable and compliant business endeavor. Andrew’s involvement in the startup community has him serving as an organizer for 2 Degrees PortlandMaine House of Genius, and Maine Startup and Create Week. Before Opticliff, Andrew worked with his family’s own start-up.

(207) 370-1092

Adam Nyhan


Adam helps companies build great products and teams. His own entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding a California startup (LegaLaunch) and serving as Product Manager and General Counsel of a New York City company (Alchemy Innovation Group). As an attorney, he’s helped dozens of companies with their legal matters in New York and in his native Maine. Adam is an evangelist for the local business community’s efforts to recruit tech talent, creatives and entrepreneurs to move to Maine, so ask him why so many people are saying #YesPWM. He also hosts tech Meetups. In his free time, he’s writing a book about Maine history.

Ready to work with us?

Get started by filling out our intake form and we’ll talk to you soon!