“What lawyers’ clients want is a fence at the top of the cliff, rather than an ambulance at the bottom.”
I am really good at building fences.
Large companies have teams of lawyers working full time to protect their interests and deal with small problems before they become large problems.
So often, small and medium-sized businesses wait too long to approach attorneys for help and find that a problem they could have easily solved just a few months earlier has now embroiled them in years-long expensive and energy-draining litigation.
I talk often with my clients about ongoing operational issues and use my years of experience to try and ferret out small problems before they become big ones.
Because I litigate business disputes, I know where agreements often go astray
I use that experience to write better agreements for my clients, hopefully avoiding disputes altogether.
Often businesses are hesitant to retain attorneys for these types of proactive services because they are nervous about fees.
For many transactional matters, I agree upon a flat fee.
That way they don’t have to be looking at their watch while they talk with me and feel comfortable taking all the time necessary to give me all of the information I need to serve them best.
I take a great deal of pride in helping my clients in this way. Here are just a few of the challenges I’ve recently solved for clients:
- I drafted and negotiated a complex distribution agreement giving my client exclusive rights to distribute offshore products in the United States.
- I renegotiated a lease for a client suffering from a decrease in business, lowering my client’s rent and successfully removing the personal guaranty for the individual managers.
- I drafted a privacy agreement and terms of service for a new Internet video company.
- I advised a client on the best business entity to form for their business and created a Delaware corporation that allowed them to grow the business and keep their options open for future acquisition.
- I helped a business client experiencing explosive growth navigate the best way to grow the company without stumbling on the issues so many businesses face when transitioning from a small successful business to a large successful business.
- I helped a client successfully transition his sole proprietorship into a limited liability company, giving his business more structure and at the same time protecting his personal assets.
- I formed a company to hold property where a client's business is located in such a way to protect the individual owners from liability and not trigger a property tax re-assesment.
- I assisted three shareholders of a successful company create a buy/sell agreement so that if one were to die or become disabled, his family would be taken care of and the company will continue.
- I prepared trade secret agreements for a client to help preserve its carefully acquired manufacturing techniques.
- I helped negotiate, document, and close the sale of a client’s business so she could retire and spend more time with her family.