Business

The Firm represents individuals, small start-up and emerging-growth companies, and large publicly traded companies in connection with multiple aspects of their businesses. Our practice includes:

Business Formation

The Firm provides guidance and assistance in forming and maintaining new business entities (e.g. corporations, non-profit corporations, limited liability companies, professional corporations, professional associations, general partnership, joint ventures, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and family limited partnerships),preparing organizational documents, by-laws, minutes, buy-sell agreements and other relevant shareholder agreements; preparing licensing and franchising agreements; facilitating qualifications of foreign business entities to do business in Texas; negotiating and documenting employment agreements, stock option agreements and non-compete agreements.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Representing buyers, sellers, lenders, and management in mergers, acquisitions, and asset transactions; tax planning and analysis (tax-free reorganizations); director fiduciary considerations; post-closing management equity arrangements; non-competition and other post-closing restrictive agreements; dissenting shareholder matters; environmental issues; workouts and restructuring; fraudulent conveyance matters; and successor liability.

Business Counseling

The Firm assists in corporate and business counseling for private and public companies; board and shareholder meetings; director fiduciary duties and conflicts; stock issuances, transfers and redemptions; employee confidentiality arrangements; protecting trade secrets and other proprietary information; rights of first refusal, buy-sell and other shareholder agreements; employment and employee benefit issues; stock option and other incentive compensation plans; executive compensation matters; employment and consulting arrangements; business dissolution; and director indemnification arrangements.

Business Litigation

The Firm represents plaintiffs and defendants in both complex commercial litigation and general litigation cases. These business cases involve all types of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, business torts, corporate and partnership disputes, business disparagement, enforcement and challenging of non-compete agreements, fiduciary duty issues, and shareholder derivative and oppression suits.

Recognizing that our clients’ corporate needs involve virtually every aspect of their businesses, we work closely with the other practice areas in our firm, including tax, litigation, real estate, labor and employee benefits to provide a balanced, thoughtful approach to our clients’ requirements.