Legal Assistance For Your Business Needs
We invite you to learn more about the areas of business law we service as well as our Virginia attorneys that concentrate on these practice areas. If your particular legal need isn’t listed below, please contact us at our Virginia Beach or Chesapeake office so we can learn more about your issue and assist you in finding a solution.
The backbone of the American economy is small business. Brandon H. Zeigler, the principal handling this area of law, is himself the owner of three small businesses and knows first-hand the issues that need to be addressed in forming and running a company. He enjoys working with small business owners to ensure they have the correct documents, contracts, leases, manuals, and protocols when needed. The biggest service we offer is to be available to consult when that random question presents itself. In areas where we are not licensed (e.g. insurance) or have expertise (e.g. tax), we have associated with local experts who share our desire to help small business owners. We arrange meetings in our office so our clients only have to step away from their work once and we work with these specialists as a team to get the right fit for your business. We handle the following areas:
- Business formations and incorporation (Inc, LLC, LLP)
- Draft partnership documents
- Draft by-laws or operating agreements
- Serve as registered agent
- Be part of the business owner’s professional team & lead resource
- Joint Venture documents
- Business Transactions – purchase and sales agreement, mergers, dissolutions
- Business litigation/stockholder/stakeholder disputes
- Assist in the negotiations of lease or purchase
The last thing you need as a business owner is a lawsuit. Issues with contracts, accounts payable/receivable, disgruntled minority shareholders, oppressive majority shareholders, theft of corporate secrets or intellectual property, improper or inadequate corporate structure are all issues that take up vast amounts of time resolving that could be spent bettering your company instead. That sounds so obvious. The time, use of human and monetary capital to address the suit, the fact that the suit always hits at the most inconvenient time, and knowing the drag the suit has on making your business profitable are all reasons that a lawsuit against your business is the last thing you need or want to add to your plate. What isn’t obvious (or well known) is that most suits are either preventable or with proper planning the impact of them can be minimized.
Hampton Roads is comprised of 10 independent cities and 6 counties. Each has their own Court system with a bevy of local rules at materially differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Further Virginia has its own set of Rules of Civil Procedure that do not mirror the FRCP in any way.
Cybersecurity and the protection of client/customer data are of paramount importance to businesses. Beyond the disruption to operations and the financial impact that a data breach can have on a business, there are myriad of state, federal, and international laws governing data privacy that companies must know and follow or face huge fines and even criminal action. Kellam T. Parks, the principal attorney in this area of law, has been writing and speaking on the topic of Cybersecurity/Data Privacy for years; frequently traveling across Virginia teaching other lawyers about their duties and what laws apply to them and their clients. Within this practice area, we handle:
- Data Privacy Policies and Plans
- Data Privacy Training
- Incident Response Plans
- Regulatory Compliance & Reporting
- Cyberinsurance Review & Counseling
- Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Issues
- Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Litigation