When it comes to running a business, you can’t afford to skimp on legal services. Downloading online templates or attempting a DIY contract negotiation or dispute resolution can easily put everything you’ve worked for at risk. Taking the time to ensure your business has a solid legal foundation is vital to your long-term success.
I work with clients in a wide range of industries—from family-owned and operated restaurants to thriving manufacturing facilities with ambitious expansion plans. No matter what concerns you’re dealing with, I’ll explain your options in plain English and help you find the best way to achieve your goals.
Starting a Business
Small businesses play a vital role in the American economy, but knowing how to turn your dream into a reality isn’t easy. I can provide the documentation you need to create a solid legal foundation for your business, including operating agreements, shareholder agreements, investor financing agreements, and investor offering memoranda.
Expanding a Business
If you’ve been operating for some time and are looking to expand into a larger market, you may need to have your documents looked at with a fresh set of eyes and possibly have some changes made to reflect the growing nature of the business. I’ll meet with you to learn about your goals and plans for the future, then recommend any changes that are necessary to ensure your business has the maximum possible legal protection.
When customers or clients fall behind on their payments, this puts your business in a difficult position. You want to be fair and reasonable, yet you have your own expenses to worry about.
I can assist with the collection of outstanding invoices, judgments from a local court, or judgments from the court of another state. If necessary, I can file a lawsuit on your behalf to collect the debt owed to your business.
Even if you’ve done nothing wrong, your business may find itself as a party to a lawsuit in state or federal court. These lawsuits can arise from claims as varied as a breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, failure to pay outstanding invoices, copyright infringement, or workers’ compensation violations. Without proper legal representation, they can put everything you’ve worked for at risk. Each lawsuit is unique, and we will work together to determine the best way to address the claims. This includes negotiating the terms of a settlement as well as providing representation in court when a case goes to trial.
If you’re thinking ahead to retirement or planning to pursue a new endeavor, I can assist you with business succession planning or the sale of your business to a third-party. With careful planning, we can ensure you receive the funds you need to pursue your future goals while protecting the goodwill and reputation of the company you worked so hard to establish.
When you’ve decided to close shop altogether, I can handle the legal requirements for corporate dissolution. If needed, I can advise on the steps required to cancel registrations, permits, licenses, and business names, as well as how to remain in compliance with applicable employment and labor laws.
Flexible Services Designed to Help Your Business Succeed
As a business owner myself, I understand the importance of flexibility. I offer a variety of payment options, from hourly charges to a flat fee, depending on the nature of our work together. Many businesses prefer the predictability and consistency of a flat fee. Others prefer a “Pay as You Go” model where they simply pay for the time and work that is needed.
If you’re just starting your business, looking to grow it to the next stage, or are looking to wind it down or exit the business entirely, contact me to set up a Legal Strategy Session so we can discuss the best option for your situation. I am licensed to practice law in Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. I am available to clients for in-person Legal Strategy Sessions from both my Edina, Minnesota and Brooklyn, New York offices. However, if you prefer, we can also meet virtually.