Areas of expertise

Business Services

Our Business Law Practice Group provides a wide range of services for corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and other business organizations. We act as general counsel for numerous entities, from sole proprietorships to large corporations. Our attorneys are often called upon to act as local counsel concerning complex business transactions and corporate litigation.

Our Business Law Practice includes:

We regularly advise business clients on matters involving the sale and distribution of goods and services, restraint of trade, employee relations, the purchase, sale, and leasing of real and personal property, and the formulation and implementation of tax strategies.

With this depth, we are well suited to represent companies of all sizes as outside general counsel and represent in-house counsel in complex matters and areas of specialized expertise.

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Business Tax Advice and Consulting

When it comes to your business, it’s important to prepare for every aspect of your industry. Our proactive approach is focused on helping you avoid problems and putting you in the most tax-advantageous position possible. We encourage year-end sessions to review your tax planning needs and help keep you informed about current statutes, regulations, and court decisions to help guide you and your business.

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Contract Negotiation and Drafting

In today’s complex business and legal environments, meaningful commitments require careful consideration of a broad array of relationships, subject matter, and tax laws. A good agreement is the result of a thoughtful and purposeful negotiation that is established in a well-written document. Our business attorneys have extensive experience in guiding clients through the process of analysis, negotiation, and formation of their contracts. If there is a default or other issue that arises after the execution of the contract, a well-drafted agreement cannot be understated in its importance to the parties in effectively reaching a resolution.

Corporate Governance

The SEC and the various self-regulatory organizations have increased regulations to make sure officers and directors of both public and private entities are properly governed and that the integrity of their financial statements is unquestionable. Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP attorneys help guide executives and board members through regulatory obligations, so company stakeholders are better positioned to make informed decisions concerning the operation of their business while still complying with regulatory requirements.

Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP can help boards of directors and corporate executives to understand and fulfill their duties to government agencies, self-regulatory organizations, and their shareholders. We can offer guidance both before and after problems arise. Our attorneys can also help businesses establish policies and procedures that provide a roadmap to assist their officers and directors to better understand and adhere to their duties.

Learn more about how our securities attorneys can help you.

Banking & Finance

Often, banking and lending institutions are faced with ever-changing market challenges. Our extensive knowledge and practical approach his proven to be an invaluable resource to our clients. We keep abreast of new legal developments in order to effectively advise our clients on risk management issues related to each institution’s needs. By understanding the unique regulatory framework in which banks must operate, we are able to assist financial institutions in maximizing their business potential.

Our attorneys represent borrowers, brokers, and parties supplying credit enhancement in connection with financings of all sizes and degrees of complexity, as well as parties engaged in acquiring financial institutions. We handle a wide variety of federal and state regulatory compliance issues, from FDIC loss-share agreements to matters involving the Department of Financial Services, the Federal Reserve, and the SEC.

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In our interconnected global society, more than ever, businesses are seeking to draw upon the skills and knowledge of foreign professionals and specially trained individuals. The immigration process can be complex, and at times even discouraging. Our firm has been assisting business clients for decades with their immigration needs. We understand the law and the often unpredictable nature of the process.

Employment law

No matter the size of your business, having a strategic labor and employment resource you can rely on is important. Whether your company has questions about day-to-day human resources issues, dealing with various state and federal agencies, needs accurate and strategic employment-related business advice, or needs employment litigation defense, we can help.

Our attorneys have the breadth and depth of expertise that you should expect in choosing employment counsel to represent their businesses.

Learn more about how our Employment Law attorneys can help you.

Intellectual Property & Brand Protection

Intellectual property has the ability to build brand awareness and loyalty among consumers and can be a business’s most valuable asset. That’s why it’s important to take proactive steps in protecting your assets. Our attorneys actively listen to understand your needs and goals. We guide our clients in establishing the protection of goods and services, giving our clients a competitive edge that has intrinsic value and may be sold, licensed, or leveraged for profit.

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Broker-dealer Compliance and Licensing

One of the most closely regulated industries involves the purchase and sale of securities. Our diligent technical knowledge of state and federal securities laws allows us to guide clients through the rigorous process of regulatory compliance. We provide creativity in structuring transactions and have experience in negotiating transactions with investment bankers, institutional investors, and venture capitalists which results in compliance and innovation in executing your business concept.

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Name, Image & Likeness (NIL) Representation

As new legislation unfolds and NIL laws change, student-athletes are provided with wonderful opportunities and faced with challenges they have never experienced before.

Marketing, endorsement, branding, and licensing contracts can be complicated instruments and may contain restrictions on future activities that a student-athlete may not be aware. Having a skilled negotiator can ensure you are maximizing your compensation potential.
Our attorneys can help guide athletes through NIL contract opportunities and assist with:

  • Setting up an entity, such as an LLC, through which the student-athlete’s “brand” is managed.
  • Trademarking the student-athlete’s brand and marks.
  • Using a trust for asset protection.
  • Forming joint ventures with other student-athletes.
  • Tax compliance and minimization.
  • Licensing arrangements.
  • Securing proper financial and investment advisors.

Public & Private Securities Offerings

Being a public company can provide special opportunities, such as accessing capital for business growth and acquisitions, using marketable securities as non-cash capital, and having a “ready market” for shareholders to sell their shares.

However, public companies have many compliance regulations about the issuance of their securities, as well as information dissemination and disclosure.

The laws affecting public companies do not exist in a static environment. Old rules are changed, and new rules are promulgated with frequency. Our lawyers are well-informed about new developments, and we can provide sound counsel and advice regarding ever-changing rules and regulations.

Learn more about how our Municipal Law attorneys can help you.

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