Litigation, Legal Counsel, and Business Strategy

Business and Commercial Litigation

Disagreements happen in business: it can be a conflict among business leaders or shareholders, a contract dispute with a disgruntled employee or vendor, or a consumer complaint about your product. Regardless of the specifics, these situations can wreak havoc on your business and threaten your reputation. Together, we can determine a strategy that balances the costs, benefits, and risks of litigation.

Here’s how I can help
  • Manage partnership conflicts
  • Handle breaches of contract
  • Address employment disputes and non-compete agreements
  • Guard trade secrets
  • Defend against consumer complaints for violations of state and federal statutes
  • Represent you in litigation (court) or in mediation/arbitration (outside the courtroom)
  • Serve as local counsel in Minnesota courts for out-of-state businesses

Legal Strategy for Start-ups

You have a great business idea. Now what? As a start-up, there are so many decisions to be made: Sole proprietor vs. corporation? Employees vs. independent contractors? Relationships among business partners?

When you’re just starting out, having a legal strategy isn’t always top of mind. But it should be. Being proactive today means avoiding potential legal drama (and a big legal bill) later.

Here’s how I can help
  • Choose and form the right business structure to meet your needs
  • Filing articles of incorporation or organization
  • Drafting bylaws and operating agreements
  • Draw up business contracts in plain English, like shareholder, partnership, and buy-sell agreements, service contracts, NDAs, and letters of intent
  • Create website terms of use, terms of sale, and privacy policies
  • Advise on employment law issues, including employment and non-compete agreements, and best practices for hiring, firing, performance evaluation, and employee discipline and termination
  • Serve as your outside legal office

Legal Counsel for Established Companies

Your business is well established. Now might be a good time to step back and audit your legal documents and consider your legal strategy: Are contracts clear and consistent? Do you have a privacy policy and terms of use for your website? Are you in compliance with federal regulations? Are you proactively working to manage difficult employees before they become disgruntled ex-employees?

Here’s how I can help
  • Serve as your outside legal office
  • Draw up business contracts in plain English, like purchase and supply agreements, services contracts, NDAs, licensing and content creation contracts, and independent contractor agreements
  • Help you to enforce your contracts and agreements
  • Develop website terms of use, terms of sale, and privacy policies
  • Perform a legal assessment of your website and your social media accounts
  • Update employee contracts, non-compete agreements, handbooks, and practices
  • Advise on succession planning and determine exit strategies for retiring business owners

 

Innovating with Influencers

For many entrepreneurs in the digital world—like bloggers, Instagrammers, or YouTubers—their business began as a passion. But building your passion into a business comes with real-world practical and legal challenges. Do your contracts ensure that you are fairly compensated for content you create for brands? Are your agreements with independent contractors clear about who owns the work they create? Do your posts comply with FTC and GDPR regulations? 

I understand the unique challenges of running a digital business on social networks. As an entrepreneur myself, I act as a partner who speaks your language, never legalese.

Here’s how I can help
  • Choose and form the right business structure to meet your needs
  • Filing articles of incorporation or organization
  • Draft and negotiate contracts in plain English, like influencer/brand agreements, content license contracts, and independent contractor agreements
  • Perform a legal assessment of your website and your social media accounts
  • Make sure that you’re complying with FTC and GDPR guidelines
  • Develop website terms of use, terms of sale, and privacy policies