Business Law

A guide to the most common types of business needs

Commercial Contracts

Whether purchasing a product, negotiating the purchase or sale of real estate, or dealing with employee issues, commercial contracts protect and secure the rights and responsibilities of the parties involved.

At Burton Law, our business attorneys assist clients in negotiating contracts that protect the interests of their businesses. We draft contracts for large and small business ventures. Negotiating agreements can be challenging, especially in today’s competitive environment. Having worked with clients in a broad array of industries, both public entities and privately held businesses, our attorneys have the expertise to handle even the most difficult or delicate of situations, including:

  • Purchase or sale of a business
  • Partnership agreements or shareholder agreements
  • Business project financing
  • Purchase agreements
  • Commercial real estate
  • Lease and building purchase contracts
  • Construction contracts
  • Employment contracts

Employment Issues

At Burton Law, our employment law attorneys provide counseling to both large and small employers and employees on a wide range of compliance issues and evolving statutory requirements. These areas include wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, family and medical leaves of absence, disability and substance abuse. If litigation is necessary, we handle employment matters before federal and state courts and various administrative bodies.

Our attorneys also work closely with human resource professionals on many other personnel matters, such as pre-hiring considerations, employee manuals and employee job performance and termination issues.

Contact Burton Law for employment issues, including:

  • Employment litigation
  • Complex litigation, such as class actions and multi-party suits
  • Representation before administrative agencies
  • Negotiation of separation/severance packages
  • Preparation of employment contracts, including restrictive covenants
  • Preparation and review of employee manuals and employment policies
  • Counseling with regard to personnel matters
  • Investigation of harassment complaints
  • Restructuring, downsizing and other corporate transactions
  • OSHA compliance and other safety and health issues
  • Wage-hour and other labor standards issues

Entity Formation and Dissolution

As new businesses are born, entities grow and mature, sales, merger and acquisition services are sought, or as such entities approach the end of useful life, legal counsel is an important part of your team of advisors. Contact Burton Law to discuss your business needs in the following and related areas:

  • Formation of business entities
  • Buying and selling assets or capital stock
  • Acquisitions and mergers
  • Technology agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Prime contractor/subcontractor agreements for construction of facilities
  • Shareholder and member disputes
  • Dissolutions

Franchisor and Franchisee Issues

While Burton Law represents businesses looking to launch a franchise, we also represent established franchisors, business opportunity sellers, licensors and distribution systems. We serve as their general counsel, managing and assisting them with a wide variety of legal issues in franchise law that impact their franchise operations.

Manufacturer and Distributor Matters

Our attorneys are well versed in distribution law and in the business aspects of product distribution. We represent distributors, dealers, value added resellers, franchisees, franchisors, original equipment suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) representing a wide range of industries. We have significant experience in all important aspects of manufacturer/distributor relationships.

We assist our clients with distributor agreements and questions concerning the law and the business of distribution, including licensing requirements, exclusivity, intellectual property rights, advertising, antitrust concerns, unfair competition, product liability, insurance coverage, product recalls, export restrictions and termination of the manufacturer/distributor relationship.

Nonprofit Organizations

From the forming of a nonprofit organization, to obtaining tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, to complying with federal and state laws governing fundraising and operations, the advice of experienced legal counsel in nonprofit law is crucial at every stage of development.

Leaders of the non-profit organization are focused on developing its mission and resources. Guidance from legal counsel who understand federal and state laws applicable to non-profit organizations enables leaders to grow the organization with the assurance that legal requirements are being met.

Partnership and Shareholder LLC Operating Agreements

Burton Law represents clients across a broad range of industries, providing quality, cost-effective legal services for the creation of limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships, joint ventures and other entities. The firm understands that while every business begins with an idea, success stems from having the right business agreements in place and the right business plan to go with it.

Essential to this practice is the negotiation and drafting of business agreements of every type, including business and growth plans, and operating, shareholder, partnership and joint venture agreements. These business agreements provide a means to govern the interactions, rights and responsibilities of owners, officers, shareholders and others, and to establish methods for resolving disputes and dealing with contingencies. Our attorneys draft and review all business, partnership and shareholder agreements to define the rights and obligations of each party.

Real Estate

The firm assists its clients in handling negotiations, mediations, arbitration and litigation involving real estate law and agreements in several areas:

  • Landlord and tenant lease liability
  • Construction contracts
  • Business contracts
  • Remodeling and renovation contracts
  • Real estate contracts
  • Lease disputes and negotiation
  • Commercial landlord/business tenants
  • Property management contracts