When considering legal counsel, seek an attorney who will collaborate with you to achieve the best results for your situation. Anne Marie Segal, a Stamford-based attorney with over a decade of legal experience, can guide you through the legal landscape and allow you to focus on your main priorities – your life and life’s work.
Anne Marie Segal has focused on corporate law and contracts for over twelve years, and her solo practice has expanded to include nonprofits, trademarks, copyrights and estate planning. Her client base includes entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofit entities and individuals. Ms. Segal communicates the legal rules, pitfalls and options to her clients clearly and efficiently. She keeps in mind the big picture – her client’s short-term and long-term goals – and the necessary components and details to get the job done.
Ms. Segal brings seven years of experience tackling the needs of partners and traders at a Greenwich-based hedge/private equity fund and the C-level employees of its affiliates and operating companies. In this role, she handled thousands of individual transactions, agreements and legal questions, including operating and employment agreements, fund and entity formations, business deals and transactions, trading documentation and compliance. Previously, Ms. Segal gained expertise in complex, international transactions as a corporate associate for over four years at a major law firm in New York City. Her clients ranged from international banks, public companies and government-backed entities to artists and charitable organizations. Rounding out the above, Ms. Segal has held internships with The Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, a prominent retired judge and arbitrator, The Hon. Howard M. Holtzmann and a law firm based in Mexico.
A graduate of NYU Law School, Ms. Segal is admitted to practice in New York (2001) and Connecticut (2012) and represents a national trademark client base. Prior to law school, Ms. Segal obtained an M.A. in art history from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in fine arts from Loyola University of Chicago. Ms. Segal is fluent in Spanish and proficient in German. She lives in Stamford with her husband and two children.
Business Law and Nonprofit Organizations
With significant law firm and in-house experience devoted to business arrangements and transactions, Ms. Segal has unique insight to capture the rights and responsibilities of her clients and other parties. Her legal services include advice to entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses, not-for-profit and charitable organizations and other entities and individuals.
Ms. Segal's business law clients are located in Stamford, Greenwich and other nearby cities and towns in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and New York City, as well as further afield in Connecticut and New York. In addition, she has fielded questions on corporate law from international businesses regarding documentation governed under New York or Connecticut law.
Ms. Segal can assist with limited liability company or partnership formations, incorporations, shareholder agreements, operating documents, bylaws and corporate governance documents. In addition, Ms. Segal has handled incorporations and tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations seeking tax exempt status under 501(c)(3). For clients that are already tax exempt, Ms. Segal can provide further advisement to these nonprofit entities and members of their boards of directors on their corporate law and reporting obligations, fiduciary obligations, succession issues and other matters. Often the corporate and fiduciary concerns facing a for-profit business and a not-for-profit entity are similar, but there are many issues unique to tax exempt organizations that a prudent board of directors should address on a timely basis.
Contract Negotiations; Review of Agreements
With over twelve years of document drafting and negotiation under her belt, Ms. Segal also works with clients to negotiate contracts with businesses or individuals and to create or improve form contracts or customer agreements. Clients may ask Ms. Segal to review individual contracts or take a comprehensive review of some or all of their existing agreements on a project or hourly basis to ensure that the provisions work together to achieve the client's goals and mitigate the relevant risks. Ms. Segal also works with clients to educate them on the recurring issues that face a business or industry so that clients can be in a better position to negotiate their own agreements, if desired.
Intellectual Property: Trademarks
Ms. Segal's art law practice is bolstered by her experience as a lawyer and her background in the arts. She is available to represent artists, collectors and arts-organizations in the practice areas listed above, such as a start-up art gallery wishing to form a limited liability company, an arts-based organization seeking 501(c)(3) status or an artist hoping to trademark her professional name.
Many of Ms. Segal's clients have not worked with an estate planning lawyer in the past and wish to have essential documents in place in the event of an emergency or otherwise. In addition, many of Ms. Segal’s clients are parents of young children who seek to have guardianship arrangements put into place.
Ms. Segal's estate planning practice includes the drafting of wills, revocable living trusts, guardianship appointments, health care advance directives and powers-of-attorney. She provides clients a full explanation of the choices in and effects of such documents, as well as a document-signing ceremony under the requirements of state law. Her clients’ assets generally range from $1 million to $3 million (jointly), including life insurance.
At a client’s request, Ms. Segal may also work with a tax lawyer to provide planning for higher net worth individuals and/or more complex estates. This may be advantageous for some of Ms. Segal's ongoing clients, for example, since she will already have insight into their financial picture and goals.
Part-Time General Counsel, Corporate Counsel and Retainer Arrangements
Upon request, Ms. Segal may act as outside general counsel to a limited number of select clients or provide corporate counsel services on a per diem basis. In addition, she can provide fee schedules for retainer arrangements, payable on a monthly or annual basis, for a package of legal hours or project-based billing.