Poler Legal — a small law firm making big things happen.
Poler Legal is a woman-owned law firm that works with growing businesses and entrepreneurs to craft smart, practical solutions that reduce risk and allow clients to focus their attention on business. Poler Legal does this by listening carefully to clients’ needs and providing tailored, no-nonsense solutions.
Emily A. Poler, Founding Partner
I’ve spent more than 19 years helping companies and organizations address complex legal issues, particularly through litigation. As a result of this work, I can not only help resolve disputes when they arise, but also help clients identify and proactively avoid potential problems.
My passion for helping growing businesses and entrepreneurs comes from watching family members start, run, and grow businesses and being a business owner myself. Because of this, I know how important high-quality legal services are for a growing business and how important it is to have someone who can identify potential problems, think through the ramifications of different courses of action, and identify the best solutions.
After graduating from Oberlin College, I worked on issues related to public health in the Bronx for a number of years before attending and graduating from New York University School of Law.
I was an associate at the preeminent Manhattan law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, where I represented biotechnology companies, rating agencies, investment banks, and insurance companies.
Later, I spent almost 12 years at a boutique litigation firm, Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP. During my time there, I handled numerous partnership disputes, fraud claims, breach of contract claims, copyright claims, and real estate disputes. My clients included financial institutions, software companies, not-for-profit entities, unions, and high net worth individuals.
Since founding Poler Legal in 2017, I have continued this work, but with a greater focus on helping clients to avoid disputes, not just resolving them once there’s a problem. My clients now include software-as-a-service providers, art collectors and galleries, production companies, real estate investment firms, gyms, and restaurants (to name a few). While I take pride in the fact that I’m a generalist, who can quickly grasp the intricacies of my clients’ businesses regardless of the industry, I have a particular expertise that is helpful to cryptocurrency-related entities, software-as-a-service providers, fitness companies and creative industries such as video production and product design.
Poler Legal represents businesses and entrepreneurs in the following areas:
Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Poler Legal litigates matters in state courts, federal courts, and before alternative dispute resolution bodies in a range of areas, including:
- Partnership and founder disputes
- Breach of contract
- Intellectual property and licensing
- Corporate governance
- Non-competition and non-disclosure agreements
- Trade secrets
- Real estate
Outside General Counsel Services
Poler Legal advises on, negotiates and drafts documents in a range of areas including:
- Software as a service agreements
- Master service agreements
- Partnership and operating agreements
- Joint ventures
- Noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements
- Employment policies