As a business owner, you have a seemingly endless array of issues to deal with every day. Sales, marketing, staffing, customer relations… all of these often take precedence over legal considerations. The result is often serious legal complications that can disrupt business operations and lead to serious financial consequences.

At the Law Office of Mark C. Metzger, we help owners of both small and large businesses handle the numerous legal issues involved in running a business. We regularly provide ongoing business planning services and legal counsel to companies concerning operational, management and strategic decisions. We take pride in providing creative and aggressive responses to the problems our clients encounter. Our goal is to make sure the business is protected against potential problems, and enable the business owner to focus on what he or she does best—run the business profitably.

We can help you with all of the following operational issues and more.

Contractual/Governance issues:

  • Transactions to acquire, lease or sell assets
  • Business and corporate document filing
  • Business governance documents, including by-laws and operating agreements
  • Contracts of all varieties, including those for use with customers or clients
  • Corporate maintenance
  • Documenting LLC meetings
  • Corporate/LLC governance
  • Complying with fiduciary duties
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Counsel on avoiding personal liability
  • Board of directors and shareholder meetings
  • Submitting necessary IRS forms

Employment/Intellectual property issues:

  • Employment manuals, agreements and general human resource counsel
  • Non-disclosure, non-solicitation and no-compete agreements
  • Protection of trade secrets and intellectual property
  • Employment contracts (including non-competition covenants)

Partnership issues:

  • Creating a buy-sell agreement with partners
  • Dissolution of a business partnership, corporation, limited liability company
  • Updating any partnership, LLC, or shareholder’s agreements under which you are currently operating
  • Special allocation of profits and losses
  • Contributing appreciated property to your partnership or LLC agreement

Liability issues:

  • Handling audits initiated by the IRS
  • Lawsuits by former, current or prospective employees on the grounds of discrimination in hiring, firing or a hostile work environment
  • Local, state, or federal government entities filing complaints or investigating your business for violation of any laws
  • Environmental issues. You may be penalized even if your business didn’t cause the problem initially

Contact us today for assistance with any or all of your ongoing operational needs.