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Business

We offer high-quality legal services to small, medium and large privately held businesses. Our firm is small enough to allow us to customize our services to start up, closely held and small businesses. We also have the experience and knowledge to guide large privately held businesses through complex legal issues. We regularly represent businesses in a wide range of industries including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, service providers, consultants, independent contractors, health care providers, franchises, automobile dealerships, software companies, technology companies, restaurants, not-for-profits, churches, real estate developers, document storage businesses, staffing companies and construction companies.

General Counsel

Our attorneys counsel clients in regard to compliance with state and federal laws including tax laws, employment laws and health care laws. We also regularly draft, review and negotiate agreements on behalf of our clients, including Limited Liability Company operating agreements, shareholder agreements, sales agreements, distributor agreements, joint venture agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, employment agreements, licensing agreements and vendor agreements.

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures

We have represented numerous clients through the process of buying or selling a business, including stock sales and purchases, asset sales and purchases, mergers, reorganizations and joint ventures.

Closely Held & Family Businesses

Our team has decades of experience helping family-owned businesses grow and transition successfully. We get to know clients to understand their business and unique culture as this is critical to ensuring clients get the right advice. We understand that when the employer and employee are family, special considerations may arise. Our team counsels clients on these unique relationships to anticipate and avoid common issues, and help resolve existing challenges in a manner respectful of the relationships involved. The same approach applies when clients consider succession or exit strategy options. We provide sophisticated advice aimed at serving the best interests of the business and supporting family ties. 

Succession Planning for Owners

Our attorneys work with the owners of closely held and family-owned businesses and their advisors to create and implement a plan to ensure the continuation of the business while meeting the owners' retirement goals and minimizing estate taxes. This process involves estate planning and tax planning and may also involve shareholder agreements, family limited partnerships, and executive compensation arrangements.

Business Structure & Organization Planning

We guide clients through the complex business and tax laws to determine what form of business will best suit the client's needs. We regularly form business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures. We also often form professional service entities on behalf of health care providers and other professionals including professional service limited liability companies (PLLC), professional service corporations (PC) and registered limited liability partnerships (LLP).

Not-for-Profit & Religious Organizations

Our attorneys are experienced in forming not-for-profit corporations and religious corporations and guiding our clients through the complex process of seeking federal and state tax exemptions. We also provide general business counseling on an as needed basis to both new and long-established clients including reviewing, drafting and negotiating agreements and ensuring compliance with tax laws, employment laws, charities bureau regulations and other federal and state laws and regulations. Our real estate attorneys are experienced in obtaining the special consents that are often required for not-for-profits and religious corporations to sell, lease or mortgage real property.