I recommend Trautman, Lawrence J. and Luppino, Anthony J. and Simmons, Malika, Some Key Things U.S. Entrepreneurs Need to Know About the Law and Lawyers (May 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2606808:
New business formation is a powerful economic engine that creates jobs. Diverse legal issues are encountered as a start-up entity approaches formation, initial capitalization and fundraising, arrangements with employees and independent contractors, and relationships with other third parties.
The endeavors of a typical start-up in the United States will likely implicate many of the following areas of law: intellectual property; business organizations; tax laws; employment and labor laws; securities regulation; contracts and licensing agreements; commercial sales; debtor-creditor relations; real estate law; health and safety laws/codes; permits and licenses; environmental protection; industry specific regulatory laws and approval processes; tort/personal injury, products liability, and insurance laws; antitrust and other unfair competition laws; import/export laws; immigration laws; laws related to the internet, privacy and e-commerce; and possibly many other federal, state and/or local laws, and perhaps even international laws. Company founders need to develop familiarity with the effects of such laws and need to access qualified legal talent to address legal issues in the planning and implementation of their venture. This article is designed to provide entrepreneurs with an overview of several areas of law that commonly arise in for-profit start-up ventures and offer them some important tips on working with lawyers.
But not quite as highly as I recommend Mark McCormack's The Terrible Truth About Lawyers: How Lawyers Really Work and How to Deal With Them Successfully:
Publisher's Weekly said: "Lawyers labor inside "a wall of molasses," says McCormack (What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School) referring to the American system of jurisprudence and, as a result, their clients are often penalized in terms of time and cost. Proffering axiomatic, freewheeling advice, McCormack formulates action plans that will put clients on a more equal footing with their lawyers. How to cut through long-winded legalese and promote the expeditious settlement of contracts, divorces, real estate closings and other fee-bearing legal necessitiesand when not to take the legal routeis the main thrust of this primer for clients. McCormack, graduate of Yale Law School and founder of International Management Group, speaks with authority and conviction, cites cases and aims his arrows at the legal establishment in a good-humored way. Required reading before engaging a lawyer."
It's a book every business person -- and every business lawyer -- should read.