Serving Leading-Edge Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprises
Our clients are leading-edge organizations in a broad range of industries, including:
A software company providing a mobile learning platform for enterprise workforces
A technology venture using artificial intelligence to create interactive diaries that facilitate personal development
A technology company formed to build digital communities and learning experiences around the teachings of global spiritual leaders.
The first socially responsible farmland company in the United States making impact investments focused on supporting sustainable food production and mid-sized family farmers.
A health care venture operating as a benefit corporation that has introduced a new model for the delivery of urban primary care.
A visionary company distributing African products in retail channels across the United States, employing thousands of African artisans in the process.
A leading Internet marketing agency to Fortune 500 companies in the education space
A fashion house with global reach manufacturing the first fully vegan sustainable luxury shoe brand on the market.
A for-profit manufacturer of hygeine products and its affiliated non-profit that provides vocational and economic development opportunities in the developing world
Additional startup companies in internet and mobile technology, health care, real estate and others.
A few words from our clients:
"Francesco is not just a lawyer, he is a creative partner, a trusted advisor, and has become a treasured friend. It is rare in the legal profession, and I have worked with many lawyers, to meet someone with as much heart and soul as Francesco, and who not only has the legal and business skill but understands the bigger issues and values. For Francesco, the law is a way to create a more abundant, more just society. It is clearly more calling than career. Francesco has integrity, intelligence, and kindness. He is a great lawyer, and a great ally. Working with him was one of the best decisions I made in building our company." -Doug Abrams, Co-Founder with Desmond Tutu of HumanJourney.com
"Francesco is a gem, delivering first-rate results for our stealth start-up, and I've worked with many attorneys over the years across technology, media and IP verticals. His work is, in a word, excellent; we're getting 'large-firm' quality at a small firm price. Also to note he has a great network, and may just be the only lawyer in LA that I can have a coherent, non-cliff discussion about the ins-and-outs of 'for-benefit' structures and the upcoming tidal wave of crowd-funding. A real keeper!" - Steven Starr, Founder & CEO, Stealth Startup
"The Barbera Law Firm has become a trusted partner and adviser for IJM Interactive's long term growth. Francesco's listening skills are superior. He understands our complex needs and business issues with public and private company clients. Often he goes beyond the scope of our requests and researches valuable additional information to help our decision making. His network of colleagues and resources provide powerful support to his law firm. He is a great guy to have on your side and watching your back." - Raj Mehta, Founder & CEO, IJM Interactive, Inc.
"After working with Francesco Barbera during perhaps the most important business negotiation of my career, I can confidently say that Francesco is a highly skilled attorney and an invaluable resource for any business. As the CEO of a start-up, I hired Francesco to advise me during the negotiations with an incubation/investment company. Francesco understood our desired outcome and completed the complex transaction while bringing a positive, collaborative spirit to the negotiation process. Both sides were grateful and benefited from Francesco's guidance and leadership. As a client, I know that my company receives much more than just legal support from Francesco, we are getting the invaluable perspective of a seasoned, thoughtful businessman who treats our needs with a passion and commitment as if it were his own company." - Jan Zands, Founder & CEO
"I have known Francesco for more than ten years, and he was the first person I thought of for advice involving a partnership agreement. Francesco responded quickly and thoroughly under tight time pressure. His experience and creativity enabled him not just to identify potential problems but to offer practical solutions. I wholeheartedly recommend Francesco for legal advice on corporate or partnership matters, and would hire him again unhesitatingly." - Michael Ng, Partner, Kerrr & Wagstaffe
"I highly recommend Francesco as a highly skilled, smart, and responsive attorney. Francesco provides not only great legal support - he also truly cares about each and every one of his clients and their success, and works with them with a style that's both down to earth and extremely effective. Francesco is both a great attorney, and a fantastic human being." - Blair Souder, Global Business Development, WL Gore & Associates
"Francesco was corporate counsel for my school and was everything a client could have hoped for - reliable, wise, knowledgeable." - Roger Lowenstein, Executive Director, Los Angeles Leadership Academy
"I hired Francesco to navigate the dissolution of a previous partnership. He took care of the situation with poise and patience. Not only is Francesco one of the brightest people I've met, but he has more integrity than Atticus Finch." - Joe Sabia
"I have had the pleasure of working with Francesco on several occasions over the past few years. When he describes himself as "trusted legal counsel," he could not be more right. I am consistently impressed with the degree of trust and confidence he instills in his clients, and with his determination and devotion to his clients and their needs. I highly recommend Francesco." - Zachary Rothenberg, Partner, Grodski & Olecki, LLP