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Business Law

Our Business Law practice group is comprised of highly experienced transactional, dispute resolution, and litigation lawyers who serve as long-term, trusted legal business advisors to clients.  We have extensive experience in virtually all aspects of business law, and serve businesses ranging in size from start-ups and sole proprietorships to closely-held and public companies having valuations exceeding $500 million.

Experienced and trusted transactional and business litigation lawyers.

Experienced and trusted transactional and business litigation lawyers.

Our client base includes local, national, and international businesses in a wide range of industries.  We have served many clients for decades, helping them in their formation through increased growth.  Along the way, we typically help with matters including contracts, employment, mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance, securities, transactions, disputes, intellectual property development and protection (including trademarks and copyrights), raising capital, vigorously promoting rights in litigation.

Our Unique Advantage – Experienced Representation in Complex Matters Without Large Firm Pricing

We routinely provide a level of sophisticated services normally found only at the much larger (and often national) law firms. We utilize our experience in delivering cost-effective service through carefully structuring matters by eliminating “over-lawyering.”  We are mindful that what our clients most want most is considered advice, experienced capabilities, and the vision to understand their needs and develop solutions focused on achieving business objectives.

Our business transactions and operations practice includes matters involving mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, sophisticated tax matters, compensation plans, and private equity placements (including fund creation for real estate and other investment). We are particularly adept at managing transactions, and typically represent companies in dozens of mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and significant transactions each year.

Unfortunately, at times our business clients encounter disputes.  Through our business disputes and litigation practice, we provide experienced representation to clients in a wide range of matters, including complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation.  We focus on identifying and working vigorously to achieve a desired outcome in a cost cost-effective and expeditious manner. With the collective decades of litigation and dispute resolution experience of our lawyers, we are adept at developing creative outcomes, and pursuing such possibilities whenever possible.

Understanding Your Company’s Unique Objectives

When undertaking business representation, our first objective is to gain a thorough understanding of each client’s business and the competitive market in which they operate, including the products and services offered, the challenges they face, their corporate environment, and the goals they seek.  Knowing these and other key aspects about client businesses helps us to provided tailored advice in light of the shifting marketplace, obstacles, threats, and opportunities.

Representative Business Law Matters

We routinely provide counsel and representation for matters including:

  • Branding
  • Business Organization and Entity Choice (including corporation, corporate partnership, limited partnership, LLC’s, limited liability partnership, PLLC’s and other professional service entities, joint venture, sole proprietorship)
  • Business Disputes & Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Closely Held Business Issues
  • Compensation Arrangements
  • Compliance
  • Corporate Operations
  • Commercial Finance
  • Computer Hardware & Software Contracts
  • Corporate Finance
  • Distributorship Agreements
  • Employment Counsel, Policy & Handbook Development, & Proactive Advice
  • Employment Agreements, Non-Competes, & Intellectual Rights Protection
  • Employment Disputes and Litigation Representation
  • Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Estate Tax Counseling
  • Family Business Agreements
  • Federal Income Tax Issues
  • Financing
  • Franchising Advice & Documentation
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration
  • I-9 Compliance
  • International Investment & Transactions
  • Intellectual Property Protection, Licensing & Transfers
  • Licensing & Distributorship Agreements
  • Medical & Physician Practices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Officers & Directors Advice
  • Private Equity & Private Placements
  • Shareholder & Stock Redemption Agreements
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Stock Issuance & Transfer
  • Stock Option Plans
  • Succession Planning
  • Tax Planning & Counsel
  • Technology Protection and Licensing
  • Trademarks & Copyrights

Our International Practice

Our Pacific Northwest representation is focused on representing US clients in domestic business matters, non-US entities investing in the US, and US company investment overseas.  Our business immigration practice is also focused on helping business secure employment-based visas so that they can bring key managers to work in the US.

Our International business practice includes significant experience in Canadian, Chinese, Russian, and Korean business affairs, and our firm includes attorneys fluent in Spanish, Hindi, and Telugu, and Korean.

Representative International Matters

We have significant experience in international legal business involving matters including:

  • Computer Hardware & Software Contract
  • Distributorship Agreements
  • Employment Related Intellectual Property Ownership Issues
  • Foreign Investment & Tax Matters
  • Foreign Trade
  • Licensing & Distributorship Agreements
  • Immigration
  • International Financing
  • Intellectual Property Licensing & Transfers

Practice Team Leader – Gregory L. Russell

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