In our business department, we have attorneys who have been corporate vice-presidents, general counsels, and business managers. We pride ourselves in learning and understanding our corporate client’s business, their balance sheets, and objectives.
We design a legal plan of representation which contributes effectively to their bottom line profit. We carefully partner with our clients in order to draft contracts in the health and business sectors so that they truly represent their intent and avoid misunderstandings with their clients and vendors.
Our clients range from small companies who wish to establish an LLC to a large corporation who needs our firm to recover lost assets or design an effective litigation management program.
- Administrative & Regulatory Law
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation
- Business Transactions
- Commercial Litigation
- Errors and Omissions/Professional Liability
- General Counsel
- State and Local Government
- Property Management & Homeowners Associations
Antitrust and trade regulation laws are often extremely difficult to bring or defend, but carry sharp teeth. For instance, a business may be asked by a competitor to raise, lower, or stabilize prices for goods or services, or to serve or do business only with some customers but not others. A simple, verbal shake of the head can lead to criminal prosecutions and convictions or civil investigations and treble (triple) damages. Although the federal government has cut back the reach of federal antitrust laws, federal officials continue to charge business for price fixing, bid rigging, and dividing markets or customers. What’s more, practices allowed by federal law may be illegal in some states. This patchwork of conflicting federal and state laws may make it difficult for businesses to comply with their requirements. The laws are complicated, and ambiguous conduct may result in serious repercussions. Seemingly innocuous comments or a reply to an email can create significant liabilities.
Since the stakes are so high, seeking counsel from attorneys experienced in these matters is imperative.
Over the years, federal, state, and local governmental agencies have imposed and implemented regulatory and licensing requirements for the businesses and individuals that they regulate. These regulations often require a new or existing business to answer questions instigated by a disgruntled customer or a competitor.
Agencies may send out investigators, issue subpoenas, or commence proceedings. At times, those regulated by an agency believe the questions raised are political in nature or reflect little practical understanding or appreciation of the day-to-day business’s operations. Failure to respond satisfactorily to agency requests or demands can result in the agency withdrawing a license, disciplining or fining a business, imposing expensive requirements on the business, or refusing to act upon a necessary permit that the business needs to start or complete a project. A steady stream of new laws, new regulations, new directives, new interpretations of existing laws, or an agency’s new focus can make it difficult and costly for businesses and individuals to stay abreast of these developments, comply with these requirements, and respond and defend inquiries and charges.
The attorneys at Craft & Sheppard have responded to and appeared before numerous agencies defending businesses or individuals, been involved in numerous contested case hearings, and answered or responded to questions on complex matters. We stand ready to assist or represent your interest in these matters.