A Social Impact Law Firm

About Us

We Protect Small Business Owners

Our Story

Daily General Counsel™ is a Massachusetts Professional Limited Liability Company. It was founded by Jan Glassman in 2012 in order to help small businesses, startups and non-profits who, out of choice or necessity, do not ordinarily seek the advice of a lawyer for their legal-related business problems. For 15 years, Jan had worked as in-house General Counsel to a management-consulting firm that served small businesses throughout the Unites States. She responded daily to legal questions concerning sales, operations, personnel, collections, lending, and all other aspects of the business. She saw how big problems could be turned into small problems, or solved altogether, when addressed quickly and pragmatically by experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel.

Jan is a strong advocate for small businesses. Small businesses represent our dreams, shape and build our communities, and create the jobs that fuel our economy. Jan believes that the timely input from an experienced in-house counsel can reduce or eliminate a multitude of legal-related problems of small businesses, as it does for larger ones. Smaller companies often are overwhelmed with their own survival and, although they need top quality, in-house, General Counsel Services, they certainly do not need them on a full time basis. Since they typically cannot afford the costs of outside counsel, they handle these problems on their own, often making the problems worse.

Jan consulted with small business owners, community leaders, government officials, business leaders, lenders (including micro-lenders), bar association leaders, and others to develop a company that fills the void in providing critical legal services to small businesses. At DailyGC™, we offer two affordable models of General Counsel Services.  Our One Day and Done™ model offers single-day, on-site, affordable General Counsel Services, providing a full day of legal services and strategic legal counsel to owners, key managers and Executive Directors.   Our DailyGC™ On-Demand model offers on-call General Counsel services to provide the full array of legal services that a business may need.

Through both models, we advise, educate, empower and protect our clients, using legal tools to resolving their business problems. We take a genuine interest in our clients; we understand our clients’ unique cultures, circumstances and objectives, and we craft pragmatic, speedy and cost-effective solutions. Our work is performed only by seasoned professionals who have a demonstrated record of professionalism and personal integrity as in-house counsel and who are committed to the highest levels of excellence and service.


Attorneys

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Founder and managing member

Jan Glassman

Jan is the Founder and Managing Member of Daily General Counsel (DailyGC™), a social impact legal startup that is making counsel both accessible and affordable for small businesses - especially the underserved.  

Ms. Glassman is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, Florida and Ohio.  For more than 30 years, she has been advising small businesses in matters concerning contracts, general corporate, employment, lending, insurance, real estate, litigation, regulatory compliance and alternative dispute resolution.  Her background includes day-to-day, real-time counseling to business owners as well as senior and middle-management on a wide variety of these issues.

From 1996 to 2011, Ms. Glassman was General Counsel of American Management Services, a national management consulting firm that specializes in working with small businesses, also serving as Senior Vice President and Director for most of that time.  She began her career with Judicial Clerkships in Ohio and Boston and later worked as a litigation associate at Burns & Levinson and Mofenson & Nicoletti.  Ms. Glassman currently is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, The Florida Bar, and the American Bar Association, and she was long affiliated with the Association of Corporate Counsel and the New England Labor Counsel. Ms. Glassman also is a member of the Board of Directors of a non-profit in Newton, Massachusetts.

DailyGC™ was founded in January 2012.  In September 2013, Ms. Glassman was selected as a Fellow in the 2013-2014 Startup Leadership Program, a highly selective, world-class training program for outstanding founders and innovators. Subsequently, in March 2015, Boston-based Root Cause/Social Innovation Forum selected DailyGC™ as an Impact Entrepreneur for its 2015 Social Business Accelerator, and in October 2015, DailyGC™ was an award winner in the Hartford-based Social Enterprise Trust (reSET) Impact Challenge Competition.  Since October 2014, DailyGC™ has worked with the City of Boston to provide on-site technical assistance for disadvantaged businesses in Boston.  When DailyGC™ is not working directly with small business clients, they actively assist dozens of non-profits and governmental agencies in the Boston area that support small businesses.

 

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1978

UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
B.A., 1975

Activities & Affiliations

  • Technical Assistance Provider, City of Boston, Office of Economic Development (2014 to present) 
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Women's Bar Association (MA), Member
  • Fellow, Startup Leadership Program (2013-14)
  • Impact Entrepreneur, Root Cause/Social Innovation Forum 2015 Impact Accelerator Cohort

Bar Admissions

• Massachusetts, Ohio, Florida


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founder and Member

Joel Sowalsky

Joel has been a business lawyer for over 30 years and has been providing General Counsel Services to small businesses for nearly 20 years.   He has worked with companies in a wide range of industries, including construction, banking/finance, medical, travel, food service, telecommunications, textiles, non-profits, international commerce, real estate and government.  In July 2017, Joel was selected to serve as a Strategic Advisor with the Business Equity Initiative of  the Eastern Bank Foundation, where he works closely with Black and Latino owned business owners to help accelerate the growth of local enterprises of color.  He also has served on the Boards of Directors of several companies, both profit and non-profit, and on the Governing Board of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Construction Industry.

Immediately prior to joining DailyGC™, Mr. Sowalsky worked for five years as Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Environmental Interiors, a national construction company, where he was responsible for the operation of a $50 million dollar annual business and presided over its successful sale in late 2011.  Mr. Sowalsky began his career as a staff attorney for the Toledo (Ohio) Legal Aid Society, advancing to the position of Managing Attorney.  After moving to Boston in 1979, he accepted an Associate position with the Boston law firm of Roche, Carens and DeGiacomo (n/k/a Murtha Cullina LLP), where he became a Partner in 1987 and stayed until 1992.  In 1993, he was a founding partner of the Boston law firm of Smith & Sowalsky (n/k/a Smith, Costello & Crawford), where he remained until 2007.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1976

MARIETTA COLLEGE
B.A., 1973

 

Activities & Affiliations

  • Technical Assistance Provider, City of Boston, Office of Economic Development (2014 to present) 
  • Strategic Advisor, Eastern Bank Foundation Business Equity Initiative (July 2017 to present)
  • Impact Entrepreneur, Root Cause/Social Innovation Forum 2015 Impact Accelerator Cohort

Bar Admissions

• Massachusetts, Ohio


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