Los Angeles Partner Katherine Ashton authored an article published Aug. 3 in the Daily Journal on 10 common legal mistakes startups can make in the early stages of their business, as well as how to avoid them. These mistakes may result from a lack of awareness of legal requirements or where to turn for assistance, failing to sufficiently prioritize legal matters, and/or a desire to minimize costs. The mistakes could include not properly documenting investments in the company, inadequately protecting intellectual property, poor document control and retention, and inattention to employment matters. “Start-up companies should make all reasonable efforts to focus on and sufficiently prioritize their early legal needs to avoid what may be highly undesirable, unpleasant and even embarrassing consequences down the road,” Ashton wrote.