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Commercial, Business Organizations, Securities and Tax Law

This area of our practice spans the entire range of business counseling.  Our commercial attorneys have substantial experience in contracts, commercial transactions, choice of business organization, business formation, mergers, acquisitions, purchase and sale of businesses, divestitures, dissolutions, employment, leasing, licensing, trademark and copyright, financing, franchising, securities, and tax law matters.  One of our commercial attorneys is a former certified public accountant.  Our commercial attorneys frequently handle real estate transactions associated with our commercial transactions or collaborate with our real estate attorneys.

We are often called upon to draft and review a myriad of contracts, agreements and business forms.  This area of our practice includes countless types of contracts, and cuts across many industries.

Our attorneys structure and form many of our clients' business organizations.  We are regularly called upon to evaluate sole proprietorship, corporation, limited liability company, general partnership, joint venture, limited partnership, business trusts, and other business forms in conjunction.  We advise concerning holding company, parent-subsidiary, and other affiliation issues, often designed to minimize or limit liability within a business structure.  We also often address corporate governance matters.

We are experienced in mergers, reorganizations, combinations, acquisitions, restructurings and dissolutions.  We have structured, negotiated, documented and closed some of the larger and more complex business transactions in our service area including the purchase and sale of technology companies, a steel company, hotels, resorts, golf courses, hospitals, health care facilities, and broadcast companies.  We also handle loan and financing transactions for our clients.

Our attorneys are also experienced in the performance of securities services for our clients in both private and public offerings.  These offerings involved computer, hardware, software, internet and technology companies, telecommunications companies, hospitals, health care companies, franchise companies, hotels, a maritime company, a steel company, and real estate ventures.

We are also experienced in tax planning and analysis.  We have been called upon to render tax advice in conjunction with business formation choices, mergers, reorganizations, business restructurings, and the purchase and sale of businesses.  We also handle various business and individual tax matters before the Internal Revenue Service and Florida Department of Revenue.

Don Harrell and John Colton focus a large portion of their practices in this area.  Jim Burgess also devotes a portion of his practice to this area.

Commercial Litigation, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury Litigation, and Mediation

Real Estate and Land Use Law

Estate Planning and Administration

Family Law