Our Corporate law services cover the day-to-day needs of hundreds of regional and national businesses, including OEMs and tier one automotive suppliers, high volume market makers in the steel industry, health care providers, professional service groups, manufacturers, vendors, distributors and retailers. We specialize in assisting new entrepreneurs to structurally create the most advantageous business format, as well as business planning.
Our transactional work ranges from routine commercial contracts to creating financing arrangements, real estate, licensing, shareholder buy-sell agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, partnership agreements, contract collection and business development for both small and large corporations. We also represent both buyers and sellers in business asset and stock transactions
We regularly form limited liability companies, corporations – as C corps and as S (Subchapter S) corps. Our consultation includes the necessary tax analysis and benefits of the structure of entity selected – to make sure it fits the needs of the client. Fees for formation of entities are flat rate and reasonable. More than forming the entity, the key is selecting the best and smartest entity to suit the needs of your business.
We have built a strong reputation in the technology world by working closely with high-tech companies from inception through various stages of growth. We will structure the client’s contractual relationships with distributors and licensees to insure that the client’s intellectual property rights to know-how, ideas and technology are protected. Our litigation team prosecutes our clients’ right to protection of technology in state or federal court. Our services include drafting of software licenses and development contracts, preparation of domestic and international hardware and software distribution agreements, protection of copyrights, patient and trade secrets and development of Internet product distribution contracts. We have successfully assisted in development of technology joint ventures, e-commerce startups, as well as the purchase and sale of software companies.
Franchising, Licensing, Distributorships and Network Marketing
The Firm represents both individuals seeking to acquire a franchisee in the multiple of legal issues that must be evaluated and addressed before undertaking and pursing a franchise endeavor. The Firm also engages in franchise and distributorship law, including creating franchise programs and the drafting of distributorships and licensing contracts. We are experienced in advising and assisting clients to comply with all federal and state franchising, business opportunities and distributorship laws and regulations.
We are experienced in representing clients in the prosecution and defense of civil commercial cases in the state and federal courts. Our attorneys serve as trial counsel in commercial disputes involving contracts, employment law matters, insurance claims, intellectual property, business torts including non-competition, real estate, construction, defamation actions, anti-trust issues and bad debt collection. We are frequently requested by our clients to assist them in either initiating or defending collection actions in these fields.
The Firm has extensive experience in virtually all areas of appellate litigation. In addition to direct representation of our clients during the appeals process, our firm provides consultation services to trial counsel concerning dispositive motions, major evidentiary issues, post judgment motions, and preservation of issues for appellate review.
Employment Law and Employee Benefits
The Firm has extensive experience in advising and representing business entities with respect to all facets of state and federal employment law, civil rights law, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, the Michigan Elliott-Larson Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), American with Disabilities Act (ADEA), Age Discrimination Act (ADA), OSHA, and MI-OSHA. In addition to employment contract negotiation, drafting, and litigation, we also advise our clients with respect to sexual harassment and age discrimination investigations and advice, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, preparation of employee manuals, employment application forms and employment policies, as well as assistance in preparation of affirmation action plans in employment. We routinely provide counsel in employee benefit, executive compensation, and ERISA matters. Our broad capabilities and solid experience allow us to create workable plans and provide implementation strategies. We prosecute and defend employers in disputes arising out of employee benefits, executive compensation, or other ERISA issues.
HEALTH CARE LAW
We offer extensive experience in healthcare law, ranging from corporate transactions, statutory and regulatory compliance for physician services, including inpatient hospital care and office practice formation and operation. Reimbursement audit issues initiated by insurance and government authorities, and medical staff and licensing issues are routinely addressed. Our primary focus is on the needs of the physician practitioner from the standpoint of business counsel, health law regulatory compliance and asset protection. We are also a recognized authority in the emerging field of hospital care and act as local counsel for the nation’s largest publicly traded organization offering nationwide hospital care.