Rochester Business Lawyers
Our clients are businesses across a wide range of industries, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, service providers, 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.
Business Formation Lawyer
Our Business attorneys and paralegals form business entities as a matter of everyday practice. We serve clients of all sizes, from a wide range of industries. We advise on the most favorable choice of entity considering clients’ varying business goals, and we lead clients through all stages of formation and the drafting and negotiation of governing documents.
Our corporate lawyers regularly form corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures. We also often form professional service entities including professional service limited liability companies (PLLC) and professional service corporations (PC) on behalf of health care providers and other professionals.
Business Merger and Acquisition Attorney
Buying or Selling a Business
Buying or selling a business is usually something you do only once in your lifetime and typically you have little or no experience in how to accomplish this very complicated task. It is important that you work with merger and acquisition attorneys who are experienced in this area of the law. There are often a number of unexpected twists and turns in this process and experienced business lawyers know where the bumps are in the road. Over the last forty years we have assisted numerous clients in the buying and selling of their businesses.
Our business lawyers regularly draft, review and negotiate agreements on behalf of our clients, including limited liability company operating agreements, shareholder agreements, sales agreements, distributor agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, licensing agreements and vendor agreements. Our corporate attorneys also counsel clients with regard to compliance with state and federal employment laws and health care laws.
Mergers, Acquisitions and 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 and Family Businesses
Our team has decades of experience helping family-owned businesses grow and transition successfully. We make an effort to know our clients, in order to provide advice tailored to our clients’ unique business. We understand that when the employer and employee are family, or when succession or exit strategy options are considered, special considerations may arise. Our family business lawyers counsel clients to anticipate and avoid common issues, and help resolve existing challenges while being respectful of the relationships involved. We provide sophisticated legal advice, aimed at serving the best interests of the business, while also 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 and Organization Planning
We guide clients through complex business and tax laws to determine what form of business will best suit the client's needs. Our business attorneys regularly form corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. We also often form professional service entities including professional service limited liability companies (PLLC) and professional service corporations (PC) on behalf of health care providers and other professionals.
Not-for-Profit Corporations and Religious Organizations
Our business attorneys are experienced in forming not-for-profit corporations and religious organizations, 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, NYS 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-profit corporations and religious organizations to sell, lease or mortgage real property.