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.

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
  • Tax
  • Commercial Leases
  • Contracts
  • Employment
  • Intellectual Property
  • 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.**