Office of Business Opportunity

Houston Small Business Legal Consultations (HSBLC)

The HSBLC coalition is a coordinated effort with the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity and participating law firms providing FREE, holistic, focused consultations via telephone with pro bono lawyers assisting Houston area small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to Vinson & Elkins, who with OBO, led coordination of this program, participating firms include Akin Gump, Arnold & Porter, Blank Rome, DLA Piper, Fish & Richardson, Greenberg Traurig, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Kilpatrick Townsend, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Mayer Brown, Morgan Lewis, Norton Rose Fulbright, Orrick, Perkins Coie, Sidley Austin, Simpson Thacher, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Who is eligible?

  • Small businesses
  • Self-employed entrepreneurs
  • Nonprofits

What issues can HSBLC assist with?

  • Financial Assistance Programs: loans and grants offered by the government and private institutions (What programs are right for me and how do I apply?)
  • Tax (What are the tax implications¬† of accepting loan funds for employee payroll obligations?)
  • Commercial Leases (What if I am not able to pay ¬†next month’s rent? How do I negotiate?)
  • Contracts (What to do if the crisis prevents me or another party from performing?)
  • Employment (What should I consider if I need to let employees go?)
  • Intellectual Property (How do I protect my work and trademarks?)
  • Other General Business Issues


**Your intake form will be screened by a law firm Pro Bono Counsel or employee of the City of Houston, and if accepted by the program, you will be contacted by a Volunteer Attorney within one week of acceptance.**