“... Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”
Business law comprises numerous broad disciplines and unique specialties. An experienced practitioner will come to develop a skill set that encompass a number of them. In fact, since many areas of law interrelate, overlap, or depend on one another, it is inevitable that a business attorney who intelligently considers the implications of the law on a client's business will take a holistic approach to client service. While no lawyer can become expert in all areas, a skilled business-law practitioner with relevant experience in sophisticated matters will come to possess both objective expertise and a keen, subjective intuition. The legal disciplines in which I am practiced, each with its own unique sub specialties, can be categorized as follows:
- Business Organizations
- Corporate Finance
- Intellectual Property
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Startup Law
I counsel business clients on the formation of new corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, and on dissolving and liquidating existing businesses. I assist and advise business management teams on the important but frequently neglected aspects of corporate and LLC governance, complying with 'corporate formalities,' and preparing and filing regular and periodic reports with appropriate government agencies. Click here to learn about my Business Organizations practice.
In law, a promise is only as good as its enforceability. To be enforceable, a contract must contain all legally required elements. To be protective, it must do much more. I prepare, review, revise, and analyze business contracts. Some set forth details of highly complex business transactions, relationships, and payment and management terms. Others reduce to writing simple (but no less important) agreements between friends. Either way, I can help. Click here to learn about my Contracts practice.
I represent both companies (issuers of securities) and investors in connection with a wide range of corporate finance transactions. Whether you are raising funds or investing in a "family & friends" round, seed financing, an angel round, or a Series A, B, C, .... venture capital deal, click here to learn about my Corporate Finance practice.
Whether you have a single trademark or a full suite of IP to protect, you know your IP is invaluable to your business reputation. I represent clients in connection with registering trademarks and copyrights, assigning and transferring IP assets, licensing IP and other assets, protecting trade secrets and other confidential information, and other matters related to protecting the proverbial goose that lays the golden egg of your business. Click here to learn about my Intellectual Property practice.
M&A transactions are among the most exciting and stressful aspects of business. Risks abound for liability exposure and missed opportunities. Legal representation is a must. I represent both buyers and sellers. My deal values have ranged from one hundred thousand to multi billion dollar sales, in a diversity of industries. Whether it is me or someone else, please do not sell or buy or merge or combine or joint venture a business without qualified legal counsel to guide and negotiate for you. Click here to learn about my Mergers & Acquisitions practice.
Startup law is really the amalgam of many specific, esoteric areas of law. While a business entity itself may be the client, the experienced startup attorney recognizes it is the founders themselves who have brought the entity to life, imbued it with their vision, passion, and talent. No one starts a new business—be it a 'mom-n-pop shop' or the next tech startup unicorn—unless they believe they are sufficiently capable to make it a success. The smartest entrepreneurs know their strengths and outsource their weaknesses. If you are a startup—but not a licensed attorney with significant experience representing startups—hire someone who is today. Click here to learn about my Startup Law practice.
Established businesses can realize the twin benefits of regular access to experienced, sophisticated business-law counsel without the overhead of employing an in-house, executive legal officer as part of the management team, or the ticking clock of billable hours. Click here to learn about Virtual General Counsel services.
For business owners, sole proprietors, and budding entrepreneurs not quite ready to formally retain a business attorney, I am working on an online document e-Store. It will include a library of simple, common business documents. Some will be downloadable for free, and others available for purchase. They will be fillable contract templates. Click here to visit the future home of the WLF Document e-Store for more details.
I would love the chance to get to know you and your business, for you to consider me a professional resource to help protect your business or investment interests, to grow safely and to execute intelligently. Make an appointment now for a free consultation.