SoVa Legal partners with corporate and individual clients to provide efficient, cost-effective legal solutions that reflect the sophisticated business perspective of our firm.
In many cases, we utilize the traditional billable hour approach. We also recognize that this may not meet the business needs of all clients.
In response, our firm offers general counsel services based on a flat, monthly rate that is recurring and predictable. We work with clients to determine their anticipated needs and estimate the likely costs of meeting those needs. In partnering with our clients, we agree – up front – that both sides will revisit our arrangement every six months to ensure that our fees reflect the work being performed for clients.
For non-recurring projects, we consult with clients to determine if a single, flat fee is appropriate. With all of our work, we value certainty and transparency in billing practices.
Contact us today to discuss how our innovative approach can meet the legal needs of you or your company.
Steven P. Gould
F O U N D E R & P R I N C I P A L
Steven focuses his practice on employment law, estate planning, general corporate matters, and assisting clients who interact with or are regulated by state and local governments in Virginia. Prior to forming SoVa Legal, he was a co-founder of Byrnes Gould Law and also practiced with Williams Mullen in Richmond and Clement Wheatley in Danville.
Steven is a past Chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and a former member of the VBA’s Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Law Foundation. He is serving his second term on the Pro Bono Committee of the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Access to Justice Commission. He is a former member and vice chairman of the Danville School Board and is currently a member of the Longwood University Board of Visitors. He was the 2018 recipient of the Sandra P. Thompson Award for outstanding work and long-term service to the YLD and a 2015 recipient of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) Award.
Prior to attending law school, Steven served for five years as a policy adviser in the Office of the Governor in Richmond, where he focused his work on economic and workforce development, agriculture, housing, and executive clemency.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as a Dillard Fellow for the School’s Legal Research and Writing Program.
He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Since 2014, he has been recognized consistently as a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine and as Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine.