Business and Commercial Law

Businesses are most successful when they understand their clients’ needs and strategize effectively to meet them. At Stinson Law Group, we take the same approach to working with our business clients. We represent businesses ranging from sole proprietorships to mid-size businesses and large corporations at every stage of the business life cycle. Our business clients have annual revenues from 75 million to 100k and we are proud to be part of their success. 

We are skilled in strategic problem solving and business litigation when a problem arises and committed to developing working relationships with clients so that we can help them achieve their goals and avoid unnecessary disputes throughout the life of their business.

Starting a Business

Some of the most important decisions on behalf of a business are made before it even exists. It is essential to have knowledgeable guidance right from the start as you choose and establish a business entity.

Stinson Law Group has extensive knowledge of the various types of business entity, including partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. We can help you understand the tax, legal, and operating implications of various incorporation types in order to best fulfill the needs of your business. Our services include:

  • Selection of business structure
  • Formation and registration of business entity
  • Preparation of operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and joint venture agreements
  • Service as registered agent for service of process
  • Negotiation, preparation, and review of all documents necessary to purchase a business
  • Assistance in securing financing
  • Assistance in obtaining a Tax ID and registration with tax authorities
  • Applying for necessary licenses and permits
  • Conducting shareholder meetings or membership meetings
  • Review of franchise agreements and franchise disclosure documents
  • Negotiation, preparation, and review of commercial leases

Contracts and Ongoing Business Needs

All businesses need ongoing legal guidance in their day-to-day operations, but it is often impractical for smaller businesses to maintain in-house counsel. Stinson Law Group offers businesses of all sizes readily-available legal guidance in a cost-effective manner. Our services for established businesses include:

  • Outside general counsel services
  • Assistance with intellectual property protection, including trademark applications and renewals
  • Assistance with employment law issues including employment and compensation agreements; non-compete and non-disclosure agreements; preparation of employment handbooks and policy manuals; labor and employment counseling; and resolution of employment disputes
  • Comprehensive legal support regarding contractual relationships and agreements, such as:
    • Vendor agreements
    • Consulting agreements
    • Supplier agreements
    • Distributor agreements
    • Franchise agreements
    • Licensing agreements
    • Construction agreements
    • Intellectual property and work for hire agreements
    • Financing and security agreements
    • Settlement agreements

Contracts and agreements are at the foundation of nearly all business relationships. At Stinson Law Group, we understand that lack of clarity with regard to contractual rights and responsibilities is a frequent source of litigation. We have decades of experience in negotiating, drafting and reviewing agreements to ensure they are thorough enough to prevent confusion, flexible enough to meet your business goals, and comply with all applicable law.

Business and Commercial Litigation

Our lawyers have 35 years of experience in business disputes and trials. Litigation, whether to pursue a business’s rights or protect its interests, is sometimes unavoidable. Stinson Law Group represents clients in strategic problem solving, litigation, and commercial and insurance claim matters. We regularly handle business litigation involving:

  • Breach of contract
  • Fraud
  • Insurance bad faith
  • Antitrust
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Employment disputes
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Real estate disputes

Litigation can be costly, time-consuming, and distract from the essential work of running a business. Stinson Law Group’s meticulous preparation and focused advocacy helps to resolve business disputes quickly without sacrificing our clients’ rights or depleting their resources.

Business Sales, Successions, and Transitions

When it comes time to wind down a business, dissolve a partnership, sell a company, or transition a family business to the next generation, Stinson Law Group ensures that all issues are addressed and our clients’ rights are preserved. We represent clients with regard to:

  • Family business succession planning
  • Entity buy-sell agreements
  • Cross-purchase buy-sell agreements
  • Sale of business to a third party
  • Dissolution of business entities

As part of our ongoing relationship with many of our business clients, we are able to plan for the sale, dissolution, or transfer of a business to offer them the greatest financial advantage.

For Business Owners

Business owners have their own particular needs when it comes to asset protection and estate planning. Stinson Law Group understands the unique circumstances facing business owners and can help to protect their hard-earned assets through various strategies including:

  • LLC charging orders
  • Allocation or separation of assets between spouses
  • Business succession planning
  • General liability insurance or umbrella insurance policies

Whatever the need facing your business, the attorneys of Stinson Law Group are available to guide and advocate for you. In addition to decades of business law experience, the partners of Stinson Law Group are themselves multi-unit franchise owners with firsthand knowledge of the needs of business owners. We invite you to contact Stinson Law Group to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services. We look forward to partnering with you.

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