We are no longer accepting new matters or cases.
Effective September 4, 2012, attorney Matthew Parham will be working as a full-time staff attorney at the Western New York Law Center (WNYLC). Where there is no active court case and the matter is not time sensitive, we may withdraw from representation in existing matters. Otherwise, matters for existing clients will either be (a) handled to completion by attorney Matthew Parham upon the same terms already agreed or, with your consent, (b) transitioned to the WNYLC or to other replacement counsel. If you are a current client, you will hear from us shortly regarding the status of your matter.
If you are seeking an attorney for a type of matter that we used to handle, we suggest you view the links page for links to attorneys that may handle such matters locally, or that you contact the Bar Association of Erie County Lawyer Referral Service.
The information on this website is retained as it existed in August 2012, but will not be updated, and is presented for informational purposes only.
Small Business Services
If you are a current or aspiring small business owner, our firm can provide you with various reasonably priced services. As former counsel to Wall Street banks and high-tech, global companies, now serving the small business community, we can truly offer Wall Street quality representation at Main Street prices. Here are some of the services we can provide. Contact us to discuss further your needs and our services and cost.
Various considerations inform your decision to do business as a sole proprietorship, partnership, S- or C-corporation, limited-liability company, or something else. Each of these forms has distinct benefits and detriments, and distinct initial and ongoing costs and requirements. You may also be considering whether to incorporate somewhere other than New York. We will consult with you to help you decide on a corporate form. We will prepare formation documents for you - articles of incorporation, bylaws, shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, partnership or LLC agreements, etc. - tailored to fit your needs and those of your business. We will ensure that formation documents are properly filed and any publication or other requirements are met.
If you are thinking about acquiring a business, we can perform legal due diligence on the business, represent you in negotiations, and prepare and review contracts.
Your business likely has, or is developing, one or more trademarks. To protect your brand, and protect against potential liability for infringement, you may wish to register your trademarks and perform a trademark search. We can do this. You may also require copyright protection for your business's materials. And you may be concerned to ensure that your business is not infringing anyone else's copyrights, trademarks, or patents. We can help you to assess this risk.
Regulatory Compliance and Licensing
Depending on your industry, your business may be subject to various regulatory and licensing regimes. We can help analyze your business and its required licenses and permits and apply for those licenses and permits. We can also help you determine the applicable regulatory regimes and develop a plan, and internal policies and procedures, to ensure compliance. We can also assist you in developing internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with generally applicable state and federal labor, employment, discrimination, and other laws.
Disputes and Litigation
Sometimes even our best efforts to resolve our differences fail. Most people who end up in court would prefer not to have gotten to that point. Once you are there, however, you need effective, efficient legal representation. If your company has been sued by a customer, counterparty, employee, or other business we can defend the lawsuit to obtain the best possible result. If a dispute has developed among your partners or shareholders, we can help assess your litigation options and risks, attempt to negotiate a solution, and resort to litigation if necessary. If you think your business has been wronged by another company, we can help assess your options, and attempt to obtain relief short of going to court. When all else fails, sometimes court is the only option to vindicate your rights.
Last Updated (Monday, 13 August 2012 11:33)