We represent exclusively franchisees and associations with regard to franchise matters. Our clients range from single-unit franchise owners to the nation's largest franchisee associations. We assist clients with negotiating agreements, resolving disputes and with day-to-day business issues as described within our other practice area descriptions.
We give our clients the needed advice and assistance to effectively run a business in today's regulatory and over- litigious environment. This includes: reviewing and drafting contracts; providing updates and advice concerning legislative changes and legal requirements affecting the client's business; and, representing clients before various administrative agencies.
We provide the information and expert advice necessary to structure legal entities, and which entity best suits each client's business objectives. Raising start-up and expansion capital is another area where we frequently assist clients. Our lawyers have many contacts in the banking arena and we can also assist with private placements of transactions of both a debt and equity nature. Once the entity is formed and capitalized, our lawyers continue to provide the necessary services to help or clients succeed in today's volatile business climate.
We provide a wide range of services regarding employee relations, from creating custom employee handbooks to preparing stock compensation and employment agreements for senior executives. Our comprehensive knowledge of the employment relationship allows us to provide practical and effective counseling regarding employment issues, as well as aggressive representation in defending against employee lawsuits.
We offer clients a wide range of services relating to real estate matters. These include: drafting and negotiating commercial leases (for both landlords and tenants); financing and acquisition; development and construction (for owners, contractors and design professionals); Foreclosure (judicial and non-judicial) and, Boundary Disputes.
We advise owners, developers, contractors and design professionals with regard to negotiating and drafting construction or development agreements, as well as provide advice concerning mechanic's lien law issues and representation with regard to any disputes.
Our lawyers are well-skilled in advising clients about compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state accessibility laws. In conjunction with accessibility consultants, we can help our clients provide cost-effective means of increasing accessibility to the public and employees, while avoiding the horrendous cost and liability of an accessibility suit. If a business finds itself facing an accessibility claim, we zealously advocate our client's interest in both finding the most cost- effective resolution to the dispute, as well as identifying and securing any applicable insurance coverage.
Though our goal is to help clients avoid litigation wherever possible, the cold reality of today's business environment is that costly disputes will occur. When a dispute cannot be resolved informally, we aggressively advocate our client's interests in all types of commercial litigation, including representation in arbitration/mediation and administrative proceedings.