(814) 437-2033

Business and contracts

I have been doing deals and writing agreements for over 30 years. In negotiations I pay attention to the needs and interests on both sides of the table and seek creative solutions that are favorable to my client while still being acceptable to the other side. When writing the contract I work hard to leave as little room as possible for misunderstanding and dispute and to structure an arrangement that enables the parties to resolve quickly and amicably such disputes as may arise, without 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 Pennsylvania and Delaware 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, an office products retailer, a travel agency, a pottery shop, and professional practices.

  • Business financing - representation of issuers and inves­tors in private placements involv­ing common stock, preferred stock, notes, and warrants, including negotia­tion, documenta­tion, preparation of business plans and offering materials, compliance with corpo­rate and securities laws, due dili­gence, and closing.

  • Technology development and licensing - negotiation and prepara­tion of agreements for the development and licensing of intellectual property, including scientific equipment and processes, computer software, computer hardware, multimedia presentations, construction methods, and scientific instrumenta­tion.

  • 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; govern­ment contracts; and employee stock option plans.

Contact the Robert C. Martin Law Office

To learn more about how I might help you, email me or call me at (814) 437-2033.