EmergeCounsel’s focus areas are in the protection of intellectual property and business assets. Our clients are worldwide. Our TotalTM® and Amazon Sellers services provide trademark guidance, search, appeals of office actions and denials, and trademark monitoring and enforcement at flat, affordable rates. EmergeCounsel also has an extensive network of professionals who provide co-counsel and services in taxation, patents, accounting, bookkeeping, marketing, copywriting and editing, financing, and more.
Steven Weigler, Founder
Steven Weigler gained extensive experience from his role as a senior attorney for a Fortune 50 technology company where he handled complex business negotiations and asset-protection cases. He was also the CEO, founder, and general counsel of an educational technology startup that developed predictive analytics to identify and help at-risk youth. In addition, he has served as a prosecutor in Dade County, Florida, and as a litigator in a prominent Denver law firm.
An entrepreneur himself, Steven is passionate about helping business owners achieve their goals and receive expert, empathetic legal support.
Steven specializes in protecting intellectual property, general business counsel (including employment), and information technology law. His years of entrepreneurial experience give him a unique insight into emerging companies, and he strives to be the legal “go-to” legal counsel for his clients’ growing businesses.
Amy O’Hara, Paralegal
Amy O’Hara is a paralegal providing support for EmergeCounsel’s intellectual property practice. She works closely with Founder Steven Weigler to protect the IP and business assets of growing companies. Amy comes to EmergeCounsel with over eighteen years of intellectual property experience, where she developed a passion for protecting business and brands. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in history. Amy is a Tampa Bay, FL native.
Amber VandenHout supports EmergeCounsel’s business legal practice. She comes to EmergeCounsel from the Colorado & Denver Bar Associations, where she worked for fifteen years providing membership services for the legal community. She also has experience as a paralegal and business management at some of Denver’s top law firms. She is currently pursuing her paralegal certification. Amber is a Denver native.
Cassidy Merriam’s passion is helping clients build strong brand identities and intellectual property portfolios. She helps entrepreneurial entities secure, protect, and monetize their intellectual property rights and other intangible assets, both domestically and abroad. She has vast experience serving clients in a variety of industries, including entertainment, fashion, cosmetics and beauty, vitamins and supplements, food and beverage, hospitality, real estate, advertising, and technology. On their behalf, Cassidy handles trademark selection, clearance, filing, and prosecution; brand monitoring and enforcement; anti-counterfeiting efforts with global Customs authorities; opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; and worldwide brand expansion strategy and portfolio management.
Cassidy also advises clients on brand-related issues, such as national and international copyright counseling, clearance and registration; enforcement against copyright infringement, trademark infringement, counterfeiting, and gray market goods; rights of publicity and privacy; advertising and marketing practices; sponsorship and endorsement agreements; IP licensing; domain name disputes and acquisition; IP issues in social media; brand image and consistency initiatives; and brand-related agreements and transactions.
Prior to joining EmergeCounsel, Cassidy practiced trademark and copyright law in Denver, Los Angeles, and New York. She graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a Certificate in Intellectual Property, Media, and Information Law and graduated Cum Laude from Occidental College with a double major in American Studies (with Honors) and English Literature.
Thoughts From Our Blog
Personable, Friendly, & Knowledgable
I own a small business, and I didn't have a lot of money to spend on this. I talked to Steven about my budget, and together we worked out a plan that was a good fit for both of us. I felt like he really cared about helping me, and he went above and beyond.
Steven was very friendly and helpful, and he revised my contracts to be legally sound while still written in plain language (I'm not a fan of "legalese").
He was a pleasure to work with, and I plan on using him as my legal counsel from here on out.
Most Effective Attorney I’ve Worked With
Expert in trademark law and a huge help to my startup
Made my business “divorce” much easier
Steve was able to gain a quick understanding of the personal, financial and legal issues involved. Using his experience in business and law, he was able to build and lead a legal and financial team that persuasively positioned the matter for favorable resolution.
This business “divorce” was not remotely easy. However, based in part on EmergeCounsel’s work, my company is much healthier and I am much happier.
Helped Me Protect My Brand
Steve is also an entrepreneur who has brought products to market, so I feel like he understands the challenges and opportunities that I face with my brand.
He is a great sounding board for all of my IP strategy ideas and general early-stage issues that come up.