Practice Areas

Asset Protection

 

In business, it is crucial to have a back-up plan should something go awry. We can structure your business so that its assets are hard for creditors to reach; meet with us to protect your children’s inheritances from creditors or divorce.

Business Law

 

Entities. Limited liability companies (LLCs). Sales agreements. Contracts. Employment agreements. Mergers. Selling your business. Buying a business. Bank loan agreements. Business litigation.

 

If it pertains to business, we can and will walk you through it step by step using plain language.

Corporate Compliance

 

The federal government has “gifted” businesses with a veritable alphabet of regulatory mazes to manage:  ERISA, HIPAA, ACA, EPA, FTC, FCC, FCPA, BEA, OFAC, Export/Import, Immigration/CIS, Dodd-Frank, Hart-Scott-Rodino, Sarbanes-Oxley, lions, tigers and bears! Oh my — and that is before you have to consider the states’ regulatory filings. Like driving on crowded freeways, knowing what is ahead of you can help you plan your path: for example, obtaining the appropriate export license allowing your product safe travels versus sitting in a government warehouse, making sure your brokers’ calls are being recorded versus running afoul of Dodd-Frank, or offering bonuses to your employees versus creating an ERISA non-compliant retirement plan.

Employment Law

 

Employment law is a broad area encompassing all areas of the employer/employee relationship except the negotiation process covered by labor law and collective bargaining.

 

Criminal Law

 

In the broadest sense, the term criminal law is used to include all that is involved in ‘the administration of justice.’ In this sense it embraces three different fields: substantive criminal law, criminal procedure and the special problems in administration and enforcement of criminal justice. However, the phrase criminal law as it is commonly used includes only substantive criminal law. Substantive criminal laws define particular crimes. In contrast, criminal procedure describes the process through which the criminal laws are enforced or it establishes rules for the prosecution of crime. For example, the law prohibiting murder is a substantive criminal law. The manner in which government enforces this substantive law through the gathering of evidence and prosecution is generally considered a procedural matter. Enforcement of criminal laws in the United States has traditionally been a matter handled by the states.

Disability Law

 

Sudden circumstances such as an illness or physical injury can you leave you out of work and struggling to provide for yourself and your family. While the Social Security Disability program is meant to aide those who can no longer work, it can often times be a difficult process to receive those benefits. Your application might be denied based upon a mere procedural reason and the review process can be very difficult to understand for someone without experience with the law. Our attorneys can guide you through the process step-by-step to help you receive the benefits you deserve.

Entertainment Law

 

Entertainment law or media law is a term referred to a field of law which focus on providing legal services to the entertainment industry. Entertainment Law is a branch of commercial law that deals with different forms of media such as: music, theatre, sports, dance, literature, architecture, visual arts, Internet and television industries.

 

 

Estate Planning

 

Estate planning is the act of preparing for the transfer of a person's wealth and assets after his or her death. Assets, life insurance, pensions, real estate, cars, personal belongings, and debts are all part of one's estate.

 

 

Family Law

 

Family law (also called matrimonial law) is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relations, including: marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships; adoption and surrogacy, child abuse and child abduction.

 

Immigration

 

Immigration law refers to national government policies which control the phenomenon of immigration to their country. Immigration law, regarding foreign citizens, is related to nationality law, which governs the legal status of people, in matters such as citizenship.

Intellectual Property

 

Intellectual property — trade secrets, copyrights, patents, marks, logos, designs — are at the core of every business, whether manufacturing processes or software algorithms, pricing formulas or recipes.  Protecting your intellectual property can be the difference between having a valuable asset or giving your competitors a free leg up; and it can require agreements (such as licensing, confidentiality or non-compete agreements), proper designations (ex., works-made-for-hire), filing and registration (like trademarks, trade names) and sometimes litigation (perhaps suing a competitor for using your patented invention).

Medical Malpractice

 

Medical malpractice is when a doctor or another medical professional - like a nurse or technician - does something or doesn't do something that causes an injury or some harm to you, the patient. The medical professional's act or failure to act (called an "omission") is called "medical negligence."

 

Personal Injury Law

 

Personal injury law involves injury which is caused accidentally by another's failure to use reasonable care. The definition of reasonable care is determined on a case-by-case basis. A person may be liable for the injury caused through negligent or reckless action. The injury to the plaintiff must be caused by and be a foreseeable result of the defendant's action. Some of the defenses to liability for personal injury include intervening causes, pre-existing condition, and assumption of the risk.

 

Types of personal injury lawsuits brought include injury and wrongful death cases arising from automobile, bike and pedestrian collisions, trucking accidents, boat and airplane accidents, construction accidents and OSHA violations, premises liability, product liability, nursing home liability, toxic and mass torts, medical malpractice, and other forms of negligence.

 

Private Equity/Financing

 

If your company is not publicly-traded (ex., its shares sold on the NASDAQ or the NYSE), raising capital is a tricky venture.  Not only do shareholder rights agreements, stock purchase agreements, buy-sell agreements, and the like create fertile fields for disputes, but also federal regulations and state blue-sky laws create choppy waters full of rocky shores.  But they also offer safe harbors — knowing Reg. D offerings, crowd-funding rules, and variations on debt-equity structures can make the difference between a capital raise and a capital fail.  And keeping the investors’ rights well documented lets you focus on the trees and the forest rather than fighting fires.

Property Law

 

Property law is the area of law that governs the various forms of ownership and tenancy in real property (land as distinct from personal or movable possessions) and in personal property, within the common law legal system. In the civil law system, there is a division between movable and immovable property.

 

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