CORPORATE AND BUSINESS

The corporate and business practice group advises and represents the firm's broad range of clients regarding a wide variety of business matters and transactions. Our business clients range from and include start-up ventures, small companies to large international corporations, closely and publicly held corporations, nonprofit corporations, professional corporations, financial institutions and others.
 
Members of the corporate and business practice group work closely with other attorneys in the firm to ensure that our clients receive comprehensive answers to their legal inquiries. For example, the firm's corporate and business attorneys work with the firm's tax attorneys to identify, address and solve actual and potential tax issues. In this manner, the firm's business clients receive the benefit of a wide range of expertise, including that of the real estate, employment, technology, and litigation practice groups as needed, on a personalized basis that reflects the firm's commitment to provide cost effective service and excellent results.
 
Members of the corporate and business practice group advise and represent their commercial or nonprofit clients from start-up to wind-up. For example, the firm helps its clients select the appropriate type of entity for a business venture entity -- a choice that is often fraught with hidden pitfalls in this day of general and limited partnerships, "C"corporations, "S"corporations, and limited liability companies, and many other options. After identifying the proper entity optimal structure, the firm helps to implement it; organizing corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships on a daily basis as well as organizing the entity and taking the necessary action to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. In addition, members of the corporate and business practice group advise clients about and, where appropriate, prepare shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, operating agreements and other documents designed to aid and ensure proper governance of the entity and to provide for a smooth transition in the event of a change of ownership. At the other end of the spectrum, their work also includes liquidation and dissolution of a business entity at the end of its life. The firm also regularly handles stock purchases, mergers, asset acquisitions, sales and spin-offs.
 
The firm's corporate and business attorneys have extensive experience with the organization, purchase, sale and dissolution of businesses and professional practices, including medical, dental, accounting and law. In addition, the firm has extensive experience in structuring a variety of business relationships including franchisor and franchisee, employer and employee, and principal and agent. The firm also represents a number of financial institutions in a variety of transactional matters such as loan documentation, security agreements and mortgages, foreclosures, workouts, loan restructurings and lender liability issues.
 
The services provided by the firm's corporate and business practice group involve the following substantive practice areas: