Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

To get help from the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project, call 212.382.6633 or email

The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) of the City Bar Justice Center provides low- to moderate-income micro-entrepreneurs with the legal services necessary to start their businesses on sound legal footing.

NELP’s volunteer attorneys guide clients through such matters as incorporation and tax issues, contracts and agreements, commercial lease negotiations, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Volunteer attorneys also offer presentations and legal clinics at community-based organizations on issues of concern to micro-entrepreneurs.

To date, NELP has partnered with more than 100 law firms, 25 corporate legal departments, and 30 community-based organizations to assist more than 14,000 clients through the provision of brief services, direct representation, legal clinics, and community presentations.

Akira Arroyo directs NELP and Cheryl Lopez is the project coordinator.

Not sure if this is the right project? Contact our free Legal Hotline at 212-626-7383.

NELP Events

Small Business Legal Clinics – NELP’s legal clinics provide microentrepreneurs with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with an attorney regarding their small business legal issues. Frequently discussed topics include: business structure, incorporation, contracts and agreements, commercial leasing, and intellectual property protection. In order to attend, you must register in advance.

Presentations – NELP’s volunteer attorneys give presentations on small business legal issues at local community development organizations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

To see all upcoming NELP events , view this page.

Upcoming events
NELP – Legal Presentation - Tuesday, September 17th (6:00pm - 8:00pm)

Tuesday, September 17th (6:00 – 8:00PM): A small business presentation on the topic of “Entity Formation & Determining Which Business Structure is Right for Your Business” will take place at Pace University, located at One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. To register for the event, please call the Pace Small Business Development Center at 212.618.6655 or click here to register for the event.

NELP – Legal Clinic - Wednesday, September 18th (5:30pm - 7:30pm)

Wednesday, September 18th (5:30 – 7:30PM): A small business legal clinic will be held at the main branch of the Brooklyn Library located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2/3 trains to the Eastern Parkway Station.  To register for an appointment, please contact Miriam Colon of the Brooklyn Small Business Development Center at 718-797-0187 or click here to request an appointment.

NELP – Legal Clinic - Wednesday, September 25th (5:30pm - 7:30pm)

Wednesday, September 25th (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Long Island City at the Queens Economic Development Corporation/Entrepreneurs’ Space located at 36-46 37th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. By public transportation, this location is accessible via the M/R to 36th St.  To register for an appointment, please contact Bhavna Punjwani of the QEDC at 718-263-0546 to request an appointment.

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