Many of our clients do not have in-house counsel, and rely on us to be their cost-effective “outside general counsel.” For these clients, we handle the daily legal issues, contractual and otherwise, that arise in the operations of their organizations. The experience of our corporate attorneys as in-house counsel or as outside general counsel to companies both large and small gives us a clear understanding of the role of lawyer as part of the management team and the importance of managing daily legal functions in a timely, cost-conscious manner.
We handle the formation of corporations, LLCs and other types of entities, and regularly assist with corporate governance activities including annual meetings, board meetings and resolutions. We draft, revise and interpret shareholders agreements and LLC operating agreements. We negotiate and draft employment and consulting agreements and associated nondisclosure agreements, and often advise with respect to employment matters. Together with our tax co-counsel, we draft option plans and other types of equity incentive arrangements in the corporate and LLC context. We negotiate, draft and advise on license agreements, distribution agreements, software development agreements, nondisclosure agreements and other commercial agreements as appropriate for the particular businesses of our clients.
Regardless of the task, we take a practical, businessperson’s approach to crafting workable, efficient solutions. We understand that our clients are focused on achieving specific business objectives, and are looking for us to present them with legal strategies that support those goals. At the same time, they are counting on us to identify potential pitfalls and to assist them in identifying and assessing their risks, a responsibility that we take very seriously. Providing our clients with appropriate protection while facilitating their operations, balancing “get it done” with “get it done right,” and doing it all with an eye to our clients’ legal budgets and cost constraints can be a challenging task, but it is one that we strive to achieve and is a skill at which we have become adept.