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Business and contracts

I've been doing deals and writing contracts for over 35 years. In negotiations I seek solutions that are favorable to my client and acceptable to the other side. When drafting the contract I try to leave as little room as possible for misunderstanding and dispute. No contract I have written has ever ended up in litigation.

Before opening my own office in Franklin in 1996 I worked in the corporate finance and emerging companies departments of one of Pittsburgh's largest law firms and served as in-house counsel for a leveraged buy-out firm. I continue to handle business transactions and contracts of all sizes, from the sale in 2009 of a chemical instruments company for $40 million to the purchase in 2010 of a highway right-of-way mowing business for $25,000. My experience includes:

  • Business formation and governance - formation of corporations, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies, and negotiation and preparation of shareholder agreements, limited partnership agreements, and limited liability company operating agreements.

  • Purchase and sale of businesses - representation of buyers and sellers of privately held businesses, including radio stations, computer software and multimedia developers, an analytical chemical instruments manufacturer, a steel mill, a plastics injection molding compa­ny, a wire spring manufacturer, a construction company, a bar, an office products retailer, a builders' supply business, a travel agency, a pottery shop, convenience stores, gas stations, car washes, funeral homes, a pizza shop, and professional practices.

  • Technology development and licensing - negotiation and prepara­tion of agreements for the development and licensing of technology, including scientific equipment and processes, computer software, computer hardware, multimedia presentations, construction methods, and scientific instrumenta­tion. (I am not, however, a patent lawyer and do not search or register patents, trademarks, or copyrights.)

  • Other contracts - negotiating, writing, reviewing, interpreting, and advising concerning contracts for many types of transactions, including agreements for the purchase and sale of real estate; promissory notes; mortgages; office and plant leases; oil and gas leases; employment and severance agreements; non­competition, ownership of inventions, and confidenti­al­i­ty covenants; marketing agreements; franchise offering documents and agreements; and govern­ment contracts.