O’Connell, Attmore & Miller provides a full range of legal services to businesses and business owners. Our broad array of experience enables us to advise our clients with respect to any issue that arises in the course of business, from employee-related concerns to tax optimization to multi-million dollar litigation.
Our business law attorneys have established long term relationships with Connecticut and Massachusetts-based businesses earned through consistent, diligent representation, and based on confidence and trust. We believe that we are the best choice for businesses that want a strong business lawyer.
Business Representation. Our firm represents businesses of all sizes, as well as growing businesses and start–ups. We often act as outside general counsel, assisting our clients with any and all legal issues that arise. We get to know our clients’ businesses so we can identify issues before they become problems, and identify opportunities so they can profit from the benefits the law provides. We provide guidance through sometimes complex and challenging regulatory and statutory compliance. Our goal is to help our clients’ businesses run smoothly, and to take care of the legal details so our clients can spend their time on their business, doing what they do best.
When business clients want to grow through acquisitions, mergers, or asset sales, we provide them assistance from the planning and offering stage, through due diligence and negotiations, and to full contract compliance. When business clients expand through development or real estate acquisitions, our lawyers assist them with contract issues and environmental compliance, and represent them at local and regional land use boards and agencies. Likewise, when business clients decide to divest themselves of business lines, assets or real estate, we help them do so in a manner that minimizes expense and maximizes profit. We also represent businesses that are dissolving or winding up their affairs.
In today’s business climate, information is often a business’ most valuable asset. Our firm advises its clients on the preservation of trade secrets, confidential information, and intellectual property, including the incorporation of safeguards for those assets in contracts and agreements. Our business lawyers and litigators work together to ensure that those safeguards will be effective if and when our clients require judicial enforcement of their rights.
Our business law attorneys also advise business clients in Connecticut and Massachusetts on all matters relating to their employment relationships. We assist clients with drafting employee handbooks and policies, and on the avoidance of discrimination claims, and wage and benefits claims. We assist in drafting non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and we also provide assistance in enforcing those agreements when former employees try to wrest control of clients or solicit other employees to join them.
Business Owner Representation. Our business lawyers help business owners, shareholders, limited liability company members, partners, and investors protect and grow their interests. The old adage that “good fences make good neighbors” applies squarely to business owners as well. When it comes to preserving a business owner’s rights, the “fence” is the contract that defines the owners’ rights relative to those of other owners. Those contracts take the form of shareholder agreements, operating agreements, partnership agreements, deeds, and other similar instruments that define ownership rights. Our business lawyers have extensive experience negotiating and drafting those agreements, and our litigators have extensive experience enforcing them.
Business owners often turn to us when disputes arise among shareholders, members, or partners about business management or dissolution. These disputes can be difficult because they often involve interests to which the owners have dedicated significant time and care. In many cases, they are family-owned businesses, to which the owners feel a deep sense of identity and responsibility. We bring to these disputes an understanding of the parties’ rights and obligations, and a full understanding of the options available to owners under these circumstances. We are creative in finding solutions that protect the business that the owners care so deeply for, while preserving our clients’ interest. Where such a solution is either non-existent or unwelcome, we are prepared to take employ every litigation tactic available to protect our clients.
Our business law experience includes:
- Business contracts and agreements
- Business finance
- Business formation, including structure and finance
- Corporate governance
- Creditor/debtor relations, including enforcement, insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings
- Director and officer counseling and representation
- Dissolution and wind up of businesses
- Employment law
- Environmental compliance
- Foreign corporation registration
- General Counsel
- Intellectual property
- Limited Liability Company formation and governance
- Mergers, acquisitions, asset purchase agreements and stock purchase agreements
- Partnership formation and governance
- Purchase and sales of businesses and business interests
- Real estate transactions
- Regulatory and statutory compliance
- Shareholder agreements
- Succession planning
We are committed to providing sound legal advice to businesses and business owners in a cost-appropriate manner. Our experienced business law attorneys are always taking on new clients in Connecticut or western Massachusetts.