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9 Ways to Fail as an Entrepreneur: How to Avoid Going to Court (Private Session)

Inti Martínez-Alemán
Ceiba Fôrte Law Firm, Attorney

Inti Martínez-Alemán is a third-generation lawyer. His paternal grandfather was the renowned lawyer and notary José Marcos Martínez Rodríguez of San Miguel, El Salvador. His mother was the famous Honduran lawyer and notary Judith Alemán Banegas, a native of Tocoa, Colón yet based in Tegucigalpa. In short, being a lawyer runs in Inti’s blood — six decades of professional legal services in the family.

Inti is bilingual and has been practicing law since 2008. He is a Honduran residing in St. Paul, Minnesota, with offices in this city, and in Buffalo, New York. In May 2016, he graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law (before: Hamline University School of Law) with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, after receiving a full scholarship for his studies. 

Prior to studying law in the US, Inti obtained his first law degree (abogado) from the Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. There he practiced law for 5 years representing clients in cases of national impact and coverage. Inti was also the Legal Counsel for the Chief of Staff to the President of Honduras.

In 2007, Inti got his undergraduate degree (B.A.) in Political Science and Philosophy from Houghton College in Houghton, New York.

With license to practice law in the state of Minnesota, in 2016 Inti launched Ceiba  Fôrte Law Firm®. In 2017, Inti obtained his license to practice law in the state of New York. 

In 2019, Inti was added to the R114 Qualified Neutral roster of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Now, besides representation in litigation, Inti offers mediation services — even in Spanish.

Inti is committed to justice and equality before the law. His faith in God moves him to be a better lawyer, husband, brother, citizen, son, and neighbor. To learn more about Inti’s awards and activites, you can visit

Few startups budget for attorneys. Most entrepreneurs prefer to rely on their own common sense, research, and creativity to avoid legal problems. Small business owners tend to wait for problems to escalate before getting legal help.

We get it. A combination of limited budget and ignorance-is-bliss leads most of us to want to stay away from those pesky lawyers. Until we have to. Self-help will take you so far and that's OK.

We find that many businesses shutdown unnecessarily in large part because entrepreneurs underestimate the intricacies of the law. After all, it only takes one slip to get into hot water.

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