While larger companies may have entire legal departments, small and medium size business owners are often left dealing with legal problems by themselves. This often takes precious time away from managing and growing their business. Even if a business owner has attorneys to handle legal matters, they are often faced with having to spend a great deal of time managing these matters. For example, a business owner may utilize an attorney for employment issues, a different attorney for contract/collection issues, and yet another attorney for litigation matters. If there are many issues going on at the same time, the business owner’s time will mostly be consumed by the communicating with each attorney and looking for old documents.
A general counsel arrangement with us will streamline these matters. As general counsel we can generally perform some of the more typical tasks that a business may need (i.e. provide general legal advice, contract review, etc.). However, we can also manage incoming legal matters and, if need be, find and delegate to counsel who specialize in a particular area of law. With general counsel managing these legal matters on a day-to-day basis, the owner’s time can be better spent on managing the business.
We work closely with our clients and have an in-depth understanding of their business activities and objectives. Because of this, we are able to provide focused, client-centered, and cost-effective advice. Our role as general counsel is to act as your strategic advisor.
We can provide immediate advice and support in a vast array of situations that necessitate quick decisions. We are always prepared for litigation and can help you identify which areas of your business are particularly vulnerable to potential legal issues.
Litigation is always one step away. If your business is unprepared or forced to make critical decisions without the review and advice of experienced counsel, it may find itself disadvantaged before a lawsuit is even brought. We can advise you on ways to protect your company.
As outside general counsel, we can coordinate and oversee:
Employment matters, including hiring, retention, termination and employee handbooks.
Counseling officers and directors on fiduciary duties and strategic considerations.
Commercial contract, licensing agreements and strategic transactions.
Corporate governance, board and shareholder resolutions, consents, directors meetings, shareholder meetings, and minutes
Trademark, patent, and other intellectual property protection
Real estate purchases and commercial leasing
Litigation, arbitration, and risk management