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June 8, 2021
How to Legally Turn a Side Hustle into a Small Business

If you’re ready to take your side hustle and turn it into a legitimate small business, there are a few things you can do to legally protect yourself and the business. We have done a whole playlist called The Legal Checklist for Startups that outlines several steps you might do if you're really starting a […]

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June 4, 2021
The Baptist Minister Turned LGBTQ+ Advocate & Political Consultant - Josh Cogan

Josh Cogan has an amazing story to tell and is consistently surprising us with unexpected details about his life. In this episode, we learn how Josh went from being a punk rocker to a baptist minister to an advocate for LGBTQ+ youth in the Dallas, TX area. Buckle up, because it's a wild ride.

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May 21, 2021
"Hosts Only" with Mark and Darin - Coffee/Lunch/Beer Podcast

We’ve got a very special episode today as we spend the entire episode without the rude interruptions of guests. That’s right, it’s a hosts only episode with Mark and Darin! We run through the typical run of show so you can learn a little bit more about us and our journeys. We also discuss Mark’s […]

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May 13, 2021
The Grammy Award-Winning Opera Singer & Mediator - Matthew Carroll

In this episode, we welcome Matthew Carroll, a Grammy Award-winning opera singer for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and founder of Keystone Mediation. We discuss getting surprised by texts on Grammy night, what it's like to be a professional opera singer, what sparked his interest in mediation, transitioning to life off the stage, and the […]

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April 30, 2021
The Political Consultant, Lobbyist, & Attorney - Justin Till

In this episode, we talk to the most likable man in Texas politics (according to Darin, who has never met anyone else in Texas politics), Justin Till. Justin talks to us about how high school debate sparked his interest in politics, transitioning from student body government to real-world politics at the Texas capitol, getting a […]

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April 23, 2021
The Soul Food Scholar - Adrian Miller

Today we’re joined by a very special guest: The Soul Food Scholar, dropping knowledge like hot biscuits, Adrian Miller. Prior to becoming a James Beard award-winning author and preeminent scholar on soul food and the culinary history of African Americans, Miller earned degrees from Stanford and Georgetown, served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, […]

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April 15, 2021
The Advocate & Activist - Morgan White

Today we’re joined by the Director of the Birth Equity Advocacy Project, Morgan White. We talk about her family’s deep roots in political activism, eating nothing but lasagna during her internship for Congressman John Lewis, transitioning to work for then-Senator Kamala Harris, and much more.

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March 30, 2021
The President-Elect of the Colorado Bar Association - Joi Kush

In this episode, President-Elect of the Colorado Bar Association and Partner at Johnson Kush, P.C., Joi Kush, chats with us about her first job as a lawyer working on Michael Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit, transitioning to family law, tips for introverts at networking events, the importance of community, her favorite countries in Asia, and more.

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March 25, 2021
The Meteorologist and OpenSnow Founder - Joel Gratz

We talked to meteorologist and founder of OpenSnow, Joel Gratz about turning his lifelong love of weather into a successful career, if going to business school is a good idea, jokes you should never tell a meteorologist, and more. Mark also expresses his love for Total Request Live VJs and pitches a new cookbook idea.

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March 18, 2021
The Nonprofit President and Former State Representative - John Wilson

John Wilson is the president at Kansas Action for Children. Before that, he was a State Representative in Kansas’s 10th District, a marketing manager, and Clinton Foundation intern. This episode is full of great insights into the world of local politics and how, exactly, young people can make a difference in the world.

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April 3, 2020
SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Forgivable Loans for Small Businesses

On Friday, March 27th, Congress passed the CARES Act, which is the big stimulus bill in response to COVID-19. Part of the stimulus plan includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides funding for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans that can actually be forgiven. The Paycheck Protection Program provides free money for your business from […]

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March 19, 2020
COVID-19: SBA Disaster Assistance Loans [What It Is, Who Qualifies, And How To Apply]

The SBA is giving out loans to businesses affected by COVID-19 through the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. The first thing to know about this loan program is that information is changing every day. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the SBA website. The loans go up to $2,000,000 and they […]

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January 1, 2020
4 New Year's Resolutions for Your Business

Just like people set New Year’s resolutions to improve their health, wealth, and everything in between - you should set resolutions for your business to ensure continued success in 2020 and beyond. In this article, we are going to discuss four resolutions that you need to do in the new year: Make Sure You Have […]

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November 26, 2019
The Lyda Law Firm Guide to Office Holiday Parties

So you want to host a holiday office party? Before you order the egg nog and string up the lights, it’s essential to step back and think about the potential professional and legal consequences of hosting a holiday work party. Sit back and learn about the four legal issues that every employer should know about office holiday parties.

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September 6, 2019
Lyda Law Firm Releases 16-Step Legal Checklist for Startups & Small Businesses

Are you thinking about starting a business? Or maybe you’ve already got the ball rolling with your startup, but want to make sure you’re doing it the right way. Great, then this series is for you! This video walks through starting a business step by step from a legal perspective.

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October 9, 2014
Dumb Starbucks: Lessons for Small Business

Andy Kaufman-esque comedian Nathan Fielder recently aired the "Dumb Starbucks" episode of his Comedy Central television show, Nathan for You. In it, he chronicles his Dumb Starbucks experiment, in which he opened a nearly exact replica of Starbucks, relying on parody law. "By adding the word 'dumb'", Fielder stated, "we are legally allowed to use the […]

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June 8, 2021
How to Legally Turn a Side Hustle into a Small Business

If you’re ready to take your side hustle and turn it into a legitimate small business, there are a few things you can do to legally protect yourself and the business. We have done a whole playlist called The Legal Checklist for Startups that outlines several steps you might do if you're really starting a […]

Read More
June 4, 2021
The Baptist Minister Turned LGBTQ+ Advocate & Political Consultant - Josh Cogan

Josh Cogan has an amazing story to tell and is consistently surprising us with unexpected details about his life. In this episode, we learn how Josh went from being a punk rocker to a baptist minister to an advocate for LGBTQ+ youth in the Dallas, TX area. Buckle up, because it's a wild ride.

Read More
May 21, 2021
"Hosts Only" with Mark and Darin - Coffee/Lunch/Beer Podcast

We’ve got a very special episode today as we spend the entire episode without the rude interruptions of guests. That’s right, it’s a hosts only episode with Mark and Darin! We run through the typical run of show so you can learn a little bit more about us and our journeys. We also discuss Mark’s […]

Read More
May 13, 2021
The Grammy Award-Winning Opera Singer & Mediator - Matthew Carroll

In this episode, we welcome Matthew Carroll, a Grammy Award-winning opera singer for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and founder of Keystone Mediation. We discuss getting surprised by texts on Grammy night, what it's like to be a professional opera singer, what sparked his interest in mediation, transitioning to life off the stage, and the […]

Read More
April 30, 2021
The Political Consultant, Lobbyist, & Attorney - Justin Till

In this episode, we talk to the most likable man in Texas politics (according to Darin, who has never met anyone else in Texas politics), Justin Till. Justin talks to us about how high school debate sparked his interest in politics, transitioning from student body government to real-world politics at the Texas capitol, getting a […]

Read More
April 23, 2021
The Soul Food Scholar - Adrian Miller

Today we’re joined by a very special guest: The Soul Food Scholar, dropping knowledge like hot biscuits, Adrian Miller. Prior to becoming a James Beard award-winning author and preeminent scholar on soul food and the culinary history of African Americans, Miller earned degrees from Stanford and Georgetown, served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, […]

Read More
April 15, 2021
The Advocate & Activist - Morgan White

Today we’re joined by the Director of the Birth Equity Advocacy Project, Morgan White. We talk about her family’s deep roots in political activism, eating nothing but lasagna during her internship for Congressman John Lewis, transitioning to work for then-Senator Kamala Harris, and much more.

Read More
March 30, 2021
The President-Elect of the Colorado Bar Association - Joi Kush

In this episode, President-Elect of the Colorado Bar Association and Partner at Johnson Kush, P.C., Joi Kush, chats with us about her first job as a lawyer working on Michael Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit, transitioning to family law, tips for introverts at networking events, the importance of community, her favorite countries in Asia, and more.

Read More
March 25, 2021
The Meteorologist and OpenSnow Founder - Joel Gratz

We talked to meteorologist and founder of OpenSnow, Joel Gratz about turning his lifelong love of weather into a successful career, if going to business school is a good idea, jokes you should never tell a meteorologist, and more. Mark also expresses his love for Total Request Live VJs and pitches a new cookbook idea.

Read More
March 18, 2021
The Nonprofit President and Former State Representative - John Wilson

John Wilson is the president at Kansas Action for Children. Before that, he was a State Representative in Kansas’s 10th District, a marketing manager, and Clinton Foundation intern. This episode is full of great insights into the world of local politics and how, exactly, young people can make a difference in the world.

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June 15, 2018
Lyda Law Firm Proudly Sponsors Denver PrideFest Event

The Trash Fashion Show was a great reminder of how change starts right here, right now, with us. It is a privilege to be a part of a firm that not only understands the importance of inclusivity and equal justice but takes active measures to show its support and ensure Denver is a safe and […]

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March 28, 2018
Mark Lyda Named To Super Lawyers 2018 Rising Stars List

We are pleased to announce that Mark Lyda has been selected to the 2018 Colorado Rising Stars list for a second consecutive year. Lyda was selected for his excellence in the area of Business Litigation. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at […]

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February 19, 2018
Lyda Law Firm Named Best for Colorado Finalist

We are proud to announce that, following our B Corporation certification, Lyda Law Firm has been named a Best for Colorado Finalist. Best for Colorado is a collaborative program between the nonprofit B Lab and the City of Denver. Its objective is to “teach all Colorado businesses how to create higher quality jobs, build stronger communities, […]

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October 18, 2017
Lyda Law Firm Becomes Certified B-Corp: One of Few Law Firms to Achieve Socially Responsible Designation

“Think of it this way: USDA certifies organic foods, and Good Housekeeping puts its seal of approval on quality products, like washing machines and skillets. And since 2006, a nonprofit organization called B Lab has been certifying corporations it deems to be concerned about their communities and the environment.” - NPR

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June 21, 2017
Governor Appoints Lyda Chair of the Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit

Governor Hickenlooper has tapped Mark Lyda to serve as Chair of Colorado's Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit. The Council advises the attorney general's office on consumer credit issues and has the authority to approve or repeal final rules under the Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC). The UCCC governs payday lenders and other types of […]

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April 5, 2017
Lyda Law Firm Wins Damages Plus Attorney Fees in Property Management Case

Lyda Law Firm's clients, property owners in Copper Mountain, Colorado, collected contractual damages, interest, costs, and attorney fees in a case against their property management firm. The property management firm failed to follow the terms of the contract, collected fees not provided in the contract, and failed to disclose financials to LLF's clients. This case presented […]

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March 28, 2017
Lyda Named to Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Mark Lyda has been selected to the 2017 Colorado Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 […]

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December 15, 2016
Lyda Law Firm Obtains Successful Settlements for Small Business Clients

Working on behalf of a small business client, Lyda Law Firm recently secured a settlement for the full amount demanded, plus attorney fees. The settlement is the latest in a series of successful settlements obtained on behalf of small business and moderate-income clients. Lyda Law Firm's philosophy is that they key to a successful settlement […]

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September 13, 2016
Lyda Law Firm Wins Summary Judgment, Attorney Fees for Business Client

Lyda Law Firm recently received a sum-certain award of attorney fees in a major case it handled for a valued client. The client is Weekly Focus, a Korean-language newspaper (itself celebrating ten years in business this month), which was involved in a pair of lawsuits against the owners of a competitor publication. BusinessDen covered the […]

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September 9, 2016
Lyda Law Firm Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary

Founded in September 2014, Lyda Law Firm has now been serving the needs of small businesses and moderate-income individuals for two years (including its time under the name Lyda Werge). Thank you to everyone who has supported this startup firm for the past two years. We continue our mission of serving underserved populations and prioritizing pro […]

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