Patent lawyer Samar Shah cut his legal teeth working for Big Law, first in Silicon Valley where he worked on the portfolios of some of the nation’s most innovative companies, and then in San Antonio—the Texas city that aspires to be the next Silicon Valley. So it was a natural next step for the young attorney when he decided to go off on his own and found his own innovative law firm—one he treats more like the startups he aims to serve.

The 32-year-old Shah launched Shah IP Law last year—a firm that caters to San Antonio’s growing technology scene. And he wants it to be very different from most large, full-service firms with IP practices. His overriding goal, he said, is to provide quality, low-cost patent prosecution work for startups.