frequently asked questions


what is stock option counsel, P.C.?

Legal services for individuals. Attorney Mary Russell counsels individual founders, executives and employees on their equity compensation. This includes equity compensation matters such as evaluation and negotiation of equity offers, employment agreements and acquisition terms. 

what is the process to start working together?

The first step is to schedule a brief phone call with Mary Russell to introduce yourselves and see if your project is a good match for Stock Option Counsel, P.C. services.  Please call (650) 326-3412 or email to schedule an intro call. The office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific.

what can i expect for fees?

Mary Russell can estimate fees on an intro call after learning about your needs. You can expect a minimum of $1,500 in fees. Estimated fees are paid in advance to a trust account, via an online credit card payment service for attorneys, to be applied to invoices or returned after the engagement.

when can we start?

Tight timelines are common for offer evaluations and other time-sensitive matters. If there is availability for the project, the first steps can take place on the first business day after an engagement letter is signed via DocuSign and the trust account is funded. The process of offer evaluation counsel usually takes about a week from initial engagement to final offer depending on the responsiveness of the company to your information requests and negotiation steps.