Hi! I'm Shannon

I help connect and fill in the gaps of what is missing in your business, transforming your business into an aligned, joyful, (and protected) entity!

I'm a visionary Lawyer Who Loves Empowering Entrepreneurs

with legal knowledge

so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind.

Heartsong Chakra Framework

I'm just like you....

I've built and closed multiple businesses, and I've experienced the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. I know what it feels like to be alone, doing difficult things and not knowing exactly what I'm doing.

I know what it's like to feel frustrated with all of the bits and pieces of running a business and knowing you need to have certain things done, but just not knowing how or what to do about them.

You know that everything is connected, so why have you not connected your spiritual self with your business?

We are here to guide you to integrate the two so you can have an aligned business and life.

Quick Facts About Me

  • BFA University of Florida

  • JD, LLM (Master of Law in Intellectual Property) University of Dayton School of Law

  • 13 years of experience as a lawyer

  • 17 years of experience as an entrepreneur

  • 22 years studying holistic practices; Certified in Crystal Healing and Reiki

  • I've lived in 5 countries and speak 3 languages

  • member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Phi Omega, and Phi Alpha Delta

Intuitive Insightful Legal

I'm not your ordinary lawyer... I blend all of my holistic knowledge with my legal knowledge to help my clients be better entrepreneurs, and to help them take their businesses to new heights. One of my signature sayings is "listen to your Heartsong!" which means, follow what your heart says for you to do, your passion, what makes your heart sing. My Heartsong is educating and empowering my clients with understanding how the legal aspects of their business can help them feel more fulfilled in their business and give them the tools they need to move their vision forward.

I'm a serial entrepreneur, mom, holistic practitioner and cancer survivor. In my previous career I was a multi-media designer and video editor in the music industry. I made cool art videos and took some awesome photos with famous people and musicians.


I live between the worlds of the logical left and the creative right and can help others merge the two to see the interconnectedness. I can help you truly embody your business and to feel both aligned and protected at the same time.

Intellectual Property Protection

Protecting Your Business Puts your business into Alignment

I'm a big fan of meditation and balancing my chakras. While sitting on a beach watching the waves, I started thinking about how a business is considered an entity. My thinking then went to, if a business is an entity, doesn't it have a chakra system? That's how the Heartsong Chakra Framework™ was born. I use this tool to explain how various legal aspects can help you build and protect your business. I want you to understand how trademarks are essential for your brand ("all about me" in the solar plexus chakra) and having ways to protect them such as registering them ("foundations" in the root chakra) and licensing them ("relationships" in the heart chakra) are interconnected.

We are here to make things simple and enjoyable by

guiding you through the HeartSong Chakra Framework™ to develop a unique-to-you business and legal strategy.

Shannon Villalba
  • The ability and Freedom to choose our own path and be authentically ourselves, full of self-confidence, self-love and self-respect.

Our Core Values

  • Deep energetic Connection with the world and people allows us to move forward quicker and is the key to true Collaboration and anchored relationships.

  • Adventure, Fun and Zest for Life comes from discovering new things and brings in a sense of wonder, allowing our imaginations to soar leading to Innovation.

  • Deep Relationships with family, friends, and colleagues are important for success. In the end, your legacy lives on with them.

  • Appreciation and Gratitude for the experiences of life. Being alive is a wonderful journey!

  • Enhancing who we are personally and professionally by going deeply within, reflecting on thoughts, and feeling into our emotions, thus transmuting into positive Strategies and increasing our Knowledge and Intelligence.

  • Bringing Beauty and Color into the world with flair and joy Intuitively gives us the ability to create beautiful things and make an impact in the world.

More Tidbits

I went to law school to help people like me and was determined to open my own firm. In 2015 I was diagnosed with small cell cervical cancer and only given a few months to live. I used a combination of holistic and western medicine to help heal me. I have been in remission since May 2016.

Boating is a huge part of my life! I grew up in Florida and am a quintessential beach girl!

Our team members are all artists and musicians!

Combined we can all play at least 7 instruments, and have about 20+ years of experience in the entertainment industry.

Our

Team

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Steve Murphy

of counsel

Steve is a seasoned patent and business attorney, serial entrepreneur, and chemical engineer with over 30 years of experience. He is licensed in Ohio and Kentucky.

Steve is also an expert in equine matters and can be found singing on stage in various rock bands.

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Anna Nicole Mercer

Paralegal/Office Manager

Anna Nicole brings over 20 years of experience to the firm. She is an expert with client services and prides herself in assisting clients in pursuing their dreams. Anna is known for her fabulous sense of humor and knowledge of broadway tunes.

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Kahuna

Creative Director

Kahuna will give you the side eye if he thinks your ideas can be better. He also will give you a paw of approval when he thinks you're doing a great job!

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Frisky

Document Shredder

Frisky gives lots of cuddles and kisses, but also has a penchant for destroying everything in sight!

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All About Independent Contractors

February 05, 20243 min read

“Finding a contractor is a lot like online dating - you don't know a lot about the person before meeting them but you expect a lot out of the relationship! ” - Bryan Bauemler

Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are self-employed individuals who provide services on a contract basis. They manage their own time, projects, taxes, and can work for a variety of businesses. Independent contractors are especially helpful when you need assistance for particular projects or on a temporary basis.

All About Independent Contractors

Here's the low-down on independent contractors:

Who are independent contractors?

Independent contractors are individuals who are hired by you to do something for you but aren’t considered employees of your company. Independent contractors are responsible for their own businesses, paying their own taxes, and having their own business insurance to cover their business activities. Unlike employees, independent contractors have more flexibility in setting their own hours, choosing their projects, and working for multiple clients simultaneously.

When Should I Hire an Independent Contractor?

When we’re building our businesses, there are going to be times when we need to hire someone to help us, but we’re not necessarily going to be hiring that person full time in our business. This is when it’s a good idea to hire an independent contractor. This arrangement allows businesses to access specialized skills on a temporary basis without the commitment of hiring someone as a full-time employee. Independent contractors often work in various industries, including freelance writing, graphic design, consulting, and more.

 Some examples of independent contractor relationships are:

·      Hiring someone to design your logo

·      Hiring someone to do your bookkeeping

·      Hiring someone to design your website

·      Hiring someone as a remote part-time virtual assistant

Why should I have a contract with my independent contractor?

A contract between you and the contractor is a way to protect both of you with regards to the rights and responsibilities of each of you. By having everything written down, you bring clarity to the relationship as to what is supposed to happen and when and lessens the risk of there being disputes. Additionally, you will lessen the risk of the contractor being considered a W2 employee. The contract should explicitly state the relationship and how taxes will be paid by each respective party as well.

What type of contract do I need?

You will want to sign an Independent Contractor Agreement with the person that you hire. The Independent Contractor Agreement will have certain provisions in the contract that state things like:

·      what services they will provide

·      how and when you will pay for those services

·      how you will share confidential information

·      if you are licensing intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks)

·      how and when the relationship ends

 

The agreement will give you an outline of the relationship and the rights and responsibilities you both have to each other. It’s a good idea to go over the agreement with your contractor so you are both on the same page and agree to the terms of the agreement.


We can draft an independent contractor contract for you! Reach out to us for more details.

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Shannon Villalba

Shannon Villalba is an experienced senior level business and intellectual property lawyer who empowers her clients to expand their legal mindset so they can be better entrepreneurs

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