The law firm for founders that mobilize digital activists.

CHANGE.ORG

The law firm for founders that look good and do good.

WARBY PARKER

The law firm for founders that design for humans.

IDEO

The law firm for founders that serve the homeless.

THE BOWERY MISSION

The law firm for founders that build movements.

PURPOSE

The law firm for founders that disrupt education.

SKILLSHARE

The law firm for founders that build better benefits.

SANA BENEFITS

The law firm for founders that empower refugees.

KUJA KUJA

The law firm for founders that use tech for good.

VIAMO

The law firm for founders that wake up and dance.

DAYBREAKER

The law firm for founders that produce real news.

NEWS DEEPLY

The law firm for founders that motivate Millenials.

SHINE

The law firm for founders that seek adventure.

UNSETTLED

The law firm for founders that rev up recycling.

CLOSED LOOP

The law firm for founders that provide a better night's sleep.

LEESA

The law firm for founders that accelerate startups.

PRAXIS

The law firm for founders that equip farmers.

THE ADVENTURE PROJECT

The law firm for founders that tell human stories.

HUMAN

The law firm for founders that renew politics.

THE TUESDAY COMPANY

The law firm for founders that train tech talent.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The law firm for founders that power online giving.

GLOBAL GIVING

The law firm for founders that give a hand up.

THE GIVING KEYS

The law firm for founders that fund problem solvers.

VILLAGE CAPITAL

The law firm for founders that protect wildlife with NFTs.

ZOOTERRA

The law firm for founders that redefine masculinity.

EVRYMAN

The law firm for founders that clean water.

OMEGA

The law firm for founders that invest in culture.

OTIS

The law firm for founders that build enterprise VR.

TOTAL VIEW

The law firm for founders that save civilian lives.

HALA SYSTEMS

The law firm for founders that eradicate disease.

AMERICAN LEPROSY MISSION

The law firm for founders that feed food deserts.

COMMUNITY FOODS MARKET

The law firm for founders that support small-scale farmers.

GOOD NATURE AGRO

The law firm for founders that design intelligent streets.

NUMINA

The law firm for founders that make no small plans.

SUMMIT IMPACT

The law firm for founders that detect coronavirus outbreaks.

COSMOSID

The law firm for founders that insure emerging markets.

TURACO

The law firm for founders that optimize vaccine distribution.

SOSTENTO

The law firm for founders that build drones.

ASCENT AEROSYSTEMS

The law firm for founders that build sustainable furniture.

FYRN

The law firm for founders that host virtual Burning Man.

SPARKLE

The law firm for founders that align investment with values.

YOURSTAKE

The law firm for founders that build the Internet of Things.

BLYNK

The law firm for founders that build Web3 wallets.

MYDOGE

The law firm for founders that clean the slate.

RASA

The law firm for founders that build Web3 infrastructure.

METAMASK

The law firm for founders that create carbon capture NFTs.

ECOSAPIENS

The law firm for founders that game for good.

CARBON COUNTS

The law firm for founders that play, learn and earn.

RCM LABS

The law firm for founders that produce sustainable cashmere.

QUINCE

The law firm for founders that connect investors to startups.

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The founder friendly firm.

Most law firms operate on an antiquated business model which wastes startups time and money. We built a modern law firm from the ground up to meet the needs of startups, and save them time and money in the process.

Big Law

Westaway

CORPORATE

Bureaucracy and Byzantine complexity.

HUMAN

Professionalism with a personal touch.

OPAQUE

Surprises are fun… except when it comes to legal bills.

TRANSPARENT

Know how much it costs up front. That’s refreshing.

SLOW

When you bill by the hour, it literally pays to slow down the process.

FAST

Flat fees align incentives to get the deal done.

ANTIQUATED

Old systems don’t work in the new economy.

INNOVATIVE

Building software to improve speed and quality.

EXPENSIVE

They have to pay for their fancy office somehow. Mahogany’s not cheap.

REASONABLE

Less money to lawyers means more money toward impact.

Move fast. Don’t break things.

Scale up without going off the rails. We’ve helped Warby Parker, General Assembly, Metamask, and hundreds of other startups tackle complex legal issues as well as handle the day-to-day legal work efficiently. We can help you too. All you need to do is:
  1. Book your free consult.
  2. Get strategic legal advice.
  3. Scale with confidence.

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Why founders love Westaway.

Founders are talking.

Founders love working with us because we deliver quality advice, fast with transparent fees. But don’t take our word for it, check out our client testimonials as well as our Google verified reviews.

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What we do.

Our services include: incorporation, funding, intellectual property, employment, contracts, mergers & acquisitions, impact evaluation and general counsel.

INCORPORATION

Select the optimal structure for impact. We help you select the best legal structure whether that’s an LLC, Corporation, Benefit Corporation, B Corp Certification, L3C, Social Purpose Corporation or Nonprofit. We’ll also help you structure your founders’ equity.

FUNDING

Get funded. We guide you through the fundraising process whether you are using Convertible Debt, a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) or Equity.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Protect your brand. Your intellectual property is the cornerstone of your brand, we file copyrights and trademarks to protect it.

EMPLOYMENT

Build your team. You’re only as good as the people you work with. We draft employment and independent contractor agreements to help you hire and retain rockstar talent.

CONTRACTS

Get it in writing. We draft and review contracts with your clients, partners, vendors and suppliers to ensure that you are maximizing both profit and purpose.

IMPACT EVALUATION

Measure what matters. Did you achieve what you set out to achieve? We design, implement and report on your social and environmental impact using the B Impact Assessment or a custom designed set of metrics.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Scale up without selling out. We help you achieve scale through a merger or acquisition while ensuring that your mission remains the focus.

GENERAL COUNSEL

Get quality advice. We’re here for you as any legal challenge arises. We’re your partner every step of the journey.

A law firm by founders for founders.

Kyle Westaway, founder of Westaway, was an entrepreneur before he became an attorney. In 2007 Kyle Westaway co-founded a startup with some friends. They searched high and low for a law firm that understood the challenges of an early stage startup, but couldn’t find one they loved. Most were stuck in antiquated business models ill-suited to serve early stage entrepreneurs. So, he decided to start a law firm for founders by founders. Over the last fourteen years Westaway has worked with leading startups that are bootstrapped and venture-backed; big teams and indie creators; for-profits, non-profits and B Corps. Yet, they are united in a common cause: building companies that matter.

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