Business Law

​We pride ourselves on providing our clients with clear, actionable legal counsel to achieve their unique objectives. Throughout the challenging stages of starting and growing a business, you can rest assured that we will represent your business's interests. 

Our business & transactional law practice​ includes the protection and enforcement of:

Business Start-Up

 

When starting a new business, it is important to set yourself up to succeed from the beginning. We provide clear legal guidance on choosing a structure that best fits your specific goals and risk tolerance.

 

We provide exceptional legal counsel throughout the registration of your business with the appropriate federal and state agencies and the preparation of your company's internal organizational agreements, i.e., operating agreements, by-laws, and partnership agreements.

It is imperative that when starting any business, that you have prepared clear agreements with business partners which address the way business and its affairs are managed, the allocation of profits, losses, and distribution of assets, among other important aspects to running your business. Entities that do not have these internal operational agreements will default to the provisions of the jurisdiction that they are operating, which can lead to unexpected results while trying to grow your business.

Transactional Law Services

 

Our transactional legal practice provides our clients with peace of mind when entering into agreements with their clients, vendors, business partners, and investors. We review, prepare and negotiate agreements to ensure our clients know their rights and liabilities under their agreements before, or after, the agreement has been signed.

Regulatory Compliance

 

When running your business, you may need to obtain one or more federal, state, or local occupation-specific permits, licenses, zoning clearances, or other authorizations to operate your business or perform your services. Failing to comply with the licensing and permit requirements for the type of business you plan to start in your jurisdiction can result in additional fees, penalty payments, or operational restrictions until conditions specified by the regulating authority have been met. We will help ensure that you have obtained all relevant permits and licenses to do business in your area.

Mergers & Acquisitions

 

Whether it be a vertical or lateral merger or business acquisition, we will provide strategic guidance and legal counsel through the negotiation, document preparation, and ratification process. We will explain the key benefits and drawbacks of all three deal types, asset acquisitions, private stock acquisitions, and mergers so you know that the agreement meets the goals and needs of your business.

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Tax Guidance

 

We stay ahead of the tax regulations, formal rulings, and technical bulletins to ensure we are providing our clients with a reliable overview of their tax responsibilities of the business and its owners. We will ensure you have the legal guidance regarding your business's compliance with self-employment taxes, state taxes, franchise taxes, sales, and use taxes.

 

Non-Profit Organizations

Not-for-profit organizations enjoy exemption from various taxes depending on the specific type of organization and the specific tax. Once you a non-profit is I.R.C. § 501(c)(3) compliant, donors can generally deduct donations made to the company from the donor’s income taxes. This incentivizes donors to give more to your cause. Although not-for-profit corporations have many advantages, they are subject to extensive corporate housekeeping requirements and additional scrutiny from federal and state agencies.  We provide legal guidance on how to observe the required corporate formalities, as well as drafting the organization's by-laws and filing its articles of incorporation and non-profit application with the IRS.

Starting, running, and dissolving a non-profit company can be time-consuming and involves fairly lengthy applications and paperwork that often require operational and financial information, so hiring an attorney early can save you a lot of time and aggravation.

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Dispute Resolution 

 

Disputes, whether they be with clients, partners, or competitors, are detrimental to the future of your business. When facing legal action, it is important to have competent, experienced attorneys working with you to protect your interests. We advocate for our clients in multiple forums; whether through formal litigation or alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, like settlement negotiations, mediation, or arbitration, we will be with you throughout the entire process.